Featured Antique pin cushion doll

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  1. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    This jumped into my hand at a local estate sale, I’m convinced it has significant age but I don’t know just how much. I’m also wondering if anyone can offer ideas for its origin? Possibly French or German? I’m not even quite sure what the half doll is made of, at first I thought wood but now I’m thinking pottery as it is cool to the touch. Or maybe composition? Or chalkware? All the ones I'm seeing online are porcelain.
    It does appear that one elbow was broken off and cleanly re-attached, and there is some shattering of the fabric of her skirt.
    It is 7 inches high and The base is 5 inches in diameter.
    And, yes, I did try gently cleaning her with a bit of dish soap on a sponge. It didn’t do much, if anything.
    Thanks!

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  2. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Don't you hate it when that happens?:joyful: Some antiques are so pushy.:sour:;) She is gorgeous though, so I can imagine you didn't really do much to get rid of her.

    I think @judy also knows about half dolls.
     
  3. judy

    judy Well-Known Member

    Looks to be some sort of compo. She reminds me of the 1920's era boudoir dolls.
     
  4. judy

    judy Well-Known Member

    I think I may have a book on half dolls.........let me check.

    Most of them were made of porcelain.
     
  5. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    This one definitely isn't porcelain.
    Age... 1920s or 30s, maybe?
     
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  6. judy

    judy Well-Known Member

    I do have a few books on the subject, but mine are for the china or bisque pincushion dolls.
     
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    bluumz Quite Busy

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  9. judy

    judy Well-Known Member

    Yes, the doll. However, some collectors do like them with their original cushions....on the other hand, many just collect the dolls.

    I'm not seeing the quality of Baitz, but it could be the photos.
     
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  10. judy

    judy Well-Known Member

    Most of the dolls are marked on the back quite close to where it would be covered by the fabric.
     
  11. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    I was able to get the "skirt" quite far down (though not all the way) and I saw no marks.
    Do you have any idea of her age?
    Oddly, she has molded hair under the wig. I wonder if the wig is homemade by someone wanting to spiff her up a bit. It's lightly glued on and feels like human hair but I don't know for sure. The ribbon of the hair net is simple curling ribbon, very faded.
     
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  12. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I noticed that, and wondered the same. First I thought she was wearing a bonnet, but it is hair.
     
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  13. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    A couple more photos for reference:

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  14. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    She has such a sweet face.:)
     
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