Antique / Vintage China Doll in Layers of Dress, 19th Century

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This is such a sweet and fun old doll — “low-brow” china doll with a cloth body, and china legs. She wears several layers of clothing that I believe are from different eras — older linen flounced bloomers, and an older lace-edged linen petticoat, underneath a full dress made in a delightful and colorful rooster design print. Over the dress, she wears a pinafore of lace, with an Irish crochet lace bow. Fun! There’s a hallmark and some letters on her back, but I cannot make it out. She is probably German. She is 11.5″ in height. Some light smudges and marks on her face — only visible on close inspection. Her arms and legs look like bisque, and her shoes are glazed. The petticoat has some damage (see closeups). Other than that, there is just some overall age.

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