ANTIQUE ARMAND MARSEILLE 370 WITH TURNED HEAD – 22″ HEIGHT
This is a lovely antique doll made by the reknowned firm of Armand Marseille, Germany and would date to the 1900’s. Her head is turned on her shoulderplate which is not as common as others from this particular 370 mould. I could find no damage to the head or shoulderplate and the only flaw is a factory flaw in the corner of her mouth that is not considered damage (please see photos). Her deep brown glass eyes appear to be original and have been re-plastered and she has what are possibly her original eyelashes. She has multi stroked eyebrows and delicately stroked upper and lower eyelashes as well as the usual red accent dot in the corner of each eye and her nostrils. Her open mouth reveals a row of teeth with a red felt tongue behind which again appears to have been done later in her life. She has a dimple in her chin and lovely blushed cheeks that are even and exposed ears. She has a lovely soft auburn mohair wig that is a replacement, as is her pate underneath (I have been able to lift these up to stuff the head to protect the eyes in transit).
Her jointed kidolene body is original to her apart from the arms which I believe are replacements and the colour difference can be seen in the photos. Her bisque half arms are also later than the doll. I suspect both these were done in a dolls hospital as are well done.
She comes wearing a pale pink frock made from an antique soft voile material with lovely embroidery on it. Underneath she has a vest, pantaloons, petticoat, stockings and shoes. Her previous owner decorated a lovely bonnet for her also and made her a handbag to carry.
This doll displays well and a nice addition to any collection.