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Posted 5 years ago


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Ok...this was a little freaky. Aunt Nellie pinned a note onto to her with a pretty detailed description (albeit misspelled). The hole in her face is a bummer, but the note says "Grandma Melissa's hair". Could this really be actual human hair attached to this doll? Miss Pretty's outfit is gawjus, and she accessorized quite nicely with the brooch. Thanks for looking!

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  1. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    This is a German Bisque doll( Dolly face) cira 1890's into 1920's . She is made by Armand Marseille mold 370 . Yes she has real hair as the dolls of her era had real hair or mohair . It was not uncommon to use your hair or child's to make a new wig but I would have to see it to tell if it is homemade wig , Her face is damaged so her value is in her body which should be a soft leather and could be used on another what we refer to her as a shoulder head doll . Many times bodies are destroyed so there is always a market for the body . If you love because of the note attached to her keep and display her . But as I said she is common and even if not broke would not have a great value .
    Armand Marseille dolls were produced from roughly 1885 until approximately 1930.
    About The Armand Marseille Doll Company:

    Located in Koppelsdorf, in the Thuringia region of Germany, the Armand Marseille doll company was at the heart of the German dollmaking revolution in the 1890s. Started by Armand Marseille in 1865, the company didn't make dolls until approximately 1885. Armand Marseille, Jr. was at the head of the company for the majority of the company's dollmaking years.

    Almost all of the doll heads were made of bisque; many other doll companies purchased Armand Marseille doll heads. Doll bodies were generally made of composition or stuffed kid with bisque arms.
    Basic Types of Armand Marseille Dolls:

    As mentioned, the majority of Armand Marseille dolls were made with bisque heads; the most common being the 390 head mold on a composition body and the 370 (a shoulder head mold) on a stuffed kid body. Armand Marseille also made a large variety of baby dolls including the Dream Baby, toddler dolls, character dolls including Just Me and several rare models. Other well known dolly-faced child dolls include Floradora, Queen Louise and Darling Dolly. They also made googlies.
  2. Aliobaba Aliobaba, 5 years ago
    Thanks again again Manikin. I think this lady's body is made of cloth..doesn't feel or look like leather. However, she does have sleeve and stocking-like covers on her arms and legs. The hair could def be real, and that would be cool because this would be the hair of my "2nd great grandmother" who was born in 1851 and died in 1930. I have at least one picture of her, but am unable to tell what her hair color is. Could be red. I'm loving this adventure....
  3. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    Your welcome and thank you for thanking me :-) Not everyone does they just say nothing and mark solved . We do this as volunteers and all of us here like to help people whenever we can . But it is sure nice to hear a Thank you now and again . Enjoy them all !

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