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    Posted 8 months ago

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    Seeking information about this doll – her name, age, production, etc. Here are some details about her and her history:

    Bought at a rummage sale in Peterborough Northamptonshire, England and given to my Grannie in 1945 or 1946. At the time of purchase, the rummage seller said the doll was 40 - 45 years old.

    Bisque head and yoke, kid body, bisque hands
    16" (41cm) height

    Wearing original clothes: Lace-edged pantaloons, flannel underskirt, linen underskirt trimmed with 2" wide lave, pale blue muslin long dress, pleated bodice with tiny satin thread covered buttons down front, lace collar and lace cuffs. Bonnet cap made from same material as dress, silk lined with lace trim.

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    1. Kellymore Kellymore, 8 months ago
      Her doll is from the firm Armand Marseille. These soulder heads were made between 1900/1920, the body used to be leather. I hope I have clarified his doubts.
    2. Manikin Manikin, 8 months ago
      Yes Armand Marseille 3300 mold . Not as common as many of their dolls. She is much more valuable than a common one and is of excellent quality . I am wondering about her teeth. The appear painted on last photo . Please clarify why her teeth look different from 1st photo to last . Looks like original clothes . I would date earlier because of her quality of bisque late 1880s. She not marked Germany and later dolls were required by Mckinley law to put country of origin on doll .Before 1890, imports into the US were not required to have any marks. McKinley Tariff Act of 1890 which mandated a tax duty on imports, and required that imports be labeled with country of origin. She is wonderful and deserves a body :-) Her eyes are very high quality blown glass also . I love her and I can't say that about all Armand Dolls . She almost has a bit of character to her face not such a typical dolly face .
    3. Manikin Manikin, 8 months ago
      Oh and PS you can take a amp soft cloth and wash her face , use a Q-tip to get in small spaces. The paint is fired on so it is safe to clean her face :-)
    4. Korps Korps, 8 months ago
      Thank you so much for the detailed information! I've added some new photos. She does have her full body, arms are loose though. My Grannie's notes have "1886(?)" and we were wondering if the doll was pre-McKinley Act because she's doesn't have Germany on her at all. There are very, very faded blue numbers on the body's upper chest next to the seam that look like they end in "25"

      Thank you again for helping! I would love to know if she has a name, but for now I will try cleaning up her face a bit as suggested :)
    5. Manikin Manikin, 8 months ago
      No they don't have names just mold 3300 is how she is identified :-) She will look wonderful cleaned up .
    6. Manikin Manikin, 8 months ago
      She is not a mystery because we have identified her as a "German Armand Marseille bisque should head doll mold 3300" . That is correct way to identify her .
    7. Korps Korps, 8 months ago
      Thank you so much. I have updated her to solved :)
    8. Manikin Manikin, 8 months ago
      Your welcome and please post her all cleaned and dressed and back in her body :-) Welcome to CW and come back anytime

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