Posted 4 years ago
My Mother (God rest her soul) always told us kids that her Uncle brought this China doll home from the 1904 St. Louis World's fair for his sister, who raised my mom. When my mom reached enough maturity to appreciate what she was given, aunt Edna gave her this doll. She kept it faithfully all her life and now it has come down to me as part of my "all my life" collection! I'm afraid dolls are an area I know little about. She's porcelain and in fairly great shape with 2 exceptions. She's 22" long and has a head of strawberry blonde hair which is without a doubt, REAL human hair! It's held in a little hairnet. She is dressed in an undergarment befitting the times, along with a skirt and what is either a dress, or perhaps night clothes. The paint is in surprisingly good shape with very little damage. She is also sporting black stockings and a pair of leather shoes which resemble moccasins. One of them is unfortunately in a state of decomposition. At her left elbow her cover is torn and if not handled very carefully spills out a substance similar to cork or sawdust. Her eyes at one time opened and closed as she was set up or lain down. They are now left in the open position because I don't want to damage them by attempting to restore the mechanism. Her only marking, is on the back of her neck area, where the number 370. is showing. If anyone out there has knowledge of my ONLY china doll, I would be ecstatic!