This pretty 23" bisque shoulder head doll on a jointed kid body was manufactured by the Heinrich Handwerck Company in Germany circa 1885-on. She is incised on the back of her head "139// 27 5// 2/0 in an H." She is a pretty doll with molded feathered brown brows (rubs), threaded dark blue glass eyes, delicately painted black upper and lower lashes, a well modeled nose (rubs), rosy blush on broad cheeks (rubs), an open coral mouth with four upper teeth, and a dimpled chin. Her blue eyes need to be reset and their lids waxed. Though I do not detect hairlines to her bisque, the back interior of her crown opening is chipped. Her bisque also sustains a few speckles (upper left lip). Her kid body, though soiled, remains in sturdy condition and without patches. Jointed antique leather arms missing their lower portions have replaced her original arms. Her replacements have been restrung though her shoulders, possibly having replaced original jointed wooden arms. The arm fasteners to her kid body have corroded. Handwerck #139 wears her "as found" vintage synthetic brunette wig and an antique cardboard pate. She is a very pretty antique doll that will look stunning when restored and dressed in period costuming.
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