historically produced during the late period of 1830’s until the early part of the 20th century. Among these, the lady- like china stand out as art objects rather than toy dolls.
The highest number of production made in Germany from 1850’s through 1890’s, centered around the cities of Sonnenberg and Nuremberg.
The Hair Dress is a good indication of the period the dolls were manufactured, as they imitated the styles that were fashionable at the time they were made…For example a doll with a chignon, or waterfall hair dress, could be dated as 1860-1870. Bangs would indicate a much later period, early 1890, when this style was worn.
With this in mind, I will attempt on forthcoming posts to show samples and describe types of China Heads according to the decades they were made, in the hopes to achieve an easier, interesting introduction to these dolls while doing justice to this vast industry… and, more importantly, to their fragile beauty.
Germany ca. late 1800's