This is not the doll I’ve had the longest, but the oldest doll I own: a tiny doll made by the German doll company Armand Marseille, probably in the 1920’s. I sewed a dress, slip, and diaper for her, and knitted her a hat, sweater, and booties. She is in a little decorative sleigh that’s about the right size for her.

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This little doll is only about 6-7 inches tall. She has a bald bisque head, inset dark brown eyes, and a composition jointed baby body. She looks as if she was played with a lot: she has a couple of scuffs on her face, and the paint is worn down on her hands.

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Here she is with her hat and sweater removed.

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She has dark painted eyelashes that don’t look original to the doll. Someone must have decided she needed eyelashes and painted them for her.

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Showing off her booties.

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This little doll definitely has her flaws and faults, but I like to think they are marks left by a little girl playing with her about a hundred years ago.

 

 

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