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Posted 4 years ago


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Help. I broke my mother's doll head, about 1910-1920 era doll --my mother born in Iowa but very German family so maybe doll made in Germany. What is the head made of? Very thin head thickness (16 of inch)/, 2.1 inches in diameter, beige colored Inside and out) shoulder-type, molded short hair, painted eyes. Entire doll about 14 inches tall. Kid or oilcloth body, cloth legs and feet. Can anyone identify the material head is made of and/or where doll made? Can it be repaired/replaced? Any comments are welcome, I am extremely distraught.

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  1. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    Your doll head was made of heavy celluloid from what I can see . These dolls looked much like bisque dolls but they often broke very easy as they aged . I have one and just shipping it could cause it to crack . They were made in Germany . The head could be glued together but will never look good . You can buy a old head maybe on ebay . Sad it was broke but that is what that material does today . Have to be extra careful .
    Here is an example . Does yours have glass or painted eyes ?

  2. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    Here is one that did not sell but looks a lot like what I can see of yours . if they are same body size and head size ? You don't mention dolls size
  3. olddoll, 4 years ago
    My doll is smaller than one of the ebay ones (mine is 13-14 inches) and about the same size as the other ebay one, style of hair is very similar. Mine has porcelain type hands. I think mine is intended to be female.
  4. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    Does yours have a mark on back of head or her back shoulder plate ? If you search ebay daily you will find one . They do not sell high . Search this area
    you can see her face better and oh the one that says a boy is a girl . Because of short hair they called it a boy :-)
    Keep this link to watch for a head ok . Good luck I am sure you will find one just like you need in time . It is always hard when a family heirloom breaks :-(
  5. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    This one is pretty nice because it has glass eyes which are always more desirable . measure how tall you head is from bottom of shoulder plate to top of head :-)
  6. olddoll, 4 years ago
    Thankyou for all the responses. I will continue to watch on ebay. One of the dolls currently on there is quite similar and I may decide on that one while I continue to watch for the "perfect match".
  7. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    Your welcome and I wish I could have told you she could be repaired but the replacement head will still be with original body . best of luck :-) and glad you stopped at our site .
  8. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    Nurse Mani to the rescue, way too go Sis well done!
  9. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    Thank you Bro :-)

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