HARD TO FIND ANTIQUE ARMAND MARSEILLE 390 WALKER DOLL – 23″ HEIGHT
This is an antique doll produced by the German firm of Armand Marseille. She is the 390 mold but is far more uncommon to find as a walker doll. She also at one stage had a ma-ma that is now non-working. She stands in height 23″ not including her wig. This doll would date to the early 1900’s.
She has a bisque socket head that is free from any damage and has been backlit to ensure this. 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. She has an open mouth with her 4 top teeth. Her blush is lovely with just very minor rubbing on the right side. She also has some wig pulls at the top of her head which occurs when somebody takes off the wig impatiently! She has felt at the bottom of the socket so that when she walks it does not rub. Her original blue glass eyes sleep and she retains most of her original eyelashes as well as her original wax. Her eyes have been re-set and one sits up slightly more than the other but if you stuff the paper within her head carefully you can make this less noticeable. Her markings are clear on the back of her head. Her wig I don’t think is original but is vintage and appears to be made from human hair and is a lovely dark brunette long wig. The pate is a replacement for sure.
Her walking composition/talking body is original to her and in good solid condition and strung well. When she walks her head moves from side to side with ease. The ma-ma no longer works but her walking mechanism works well. The back of her torso has been taped where the mechanism was and she still has the original pull strings at the front of her torso.
She is dressed beautifully in an appropriate antique look frock that is made from a lovely green velvet with cotton lace trims. She has a matching hat and underneath she has a vintage petticoat and pantaloons along with stockings and black shoes that could do with replacing as only a couple of the buttons do up now.