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Object Name Doll
Catalog Number 0985.07.00106
Date ca. 1873
Description Adult female doll is an unmarked German parian (white bisque, or unglazed porcelain without tinting) head and shoulderplate doll with bisque hand (missing the right arm) and feet and a cloth body. Hair is molded, painted curly blonde hair. Eyes are painted blue. Mouth and cheeks are painted rosy pink/red. Ears are pierced, but no earrings present. Dress is red and cream diamond-print cotton with lace trim at the necline and a red cotton sash tied in a bow on the back, and a white cotton undershirt. No undergarments. Boots are orange molded and painted heeled boots with black trim. Blue line painted around each calf, perhaps representing socks.
Material porcelain; textiles
Dimensions H-17 W-7.5 D-3.5 inches
Owned Varina Anne Davis (Winnie)
Made Alt, Beck, and Gottschalck; or Simon and Halbig; Germany
Provenance Winnie (Varina Anne) Davis owned the doll and dressed her; she prized this doll all her life.

"Doll dressed by Winnie Davis when she was a child and prized throughout her life."

Photograph of Winnie Davis, taken ca. 1869 (when she was 5 years old) shows her holding a doll. Although the dress is different, it is possible it may be this doll. [Photo: FIC2009.03310]
People Davis, Varina Anne (Winnie)
Subjects children