|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.|
|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|
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]
Davis, Varina Anne (Winnie)