China and Parian Dolls

China / Parian Dolls

The first commercially produced china / parian dolls occurred around 1840. The earliest and best makers were KPM Meissen and KPM Berlin.

China dolls are made of a special clay which is glazed and fired which results in a glossy, smooth surface. Parian dolls are made of another type of clay which is so called because of the resemblance to fine Parian marble porcelain.

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EARLY1800's 15" CHINA HEAD DOLL WITH COVERED WAGON STYLE BLACK HAIR

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Antique 16” CHINA HEAD DOLL

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ANTIQUE CHINA HEAD DOLL 10" Cloth Body w/Clothes German Bisque Dollhouse Dolls

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Antique German China Head Doll - Covered Wagon - All Original 1850's

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Antique 14” CHINA HEAD DOLL

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China Head Doll Ethel Leather Body

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Large German China Head Doll, Civil War Era Doll 27 inches!  All Original 

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Small Antique China Head Doll~TLC~7"~

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CHINA HEAD, HANDS AND FEET DOLL WITH COVERED WAGON STYLE HAIR & BLUE EYES 21”

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Antique German China Head Doll 14" Tall Civil War Era Dressed Mommy made Body

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17" German China Head Doll

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Antique 18" German China Head Doll with All Original Clothing from the 1800's!

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ANTIQUE 17” GERMAN CHINA HEAD DOLL ARMS LEGS CURLY TOP LOW BROW CIVIL WAR ERA

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TWO (2) ANTIQUE LOW BROW CHINA HEAD DOLLS MOLDED BLACK HAIR ~GERMANY 8 1/2"

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2 Antique German China Head Doll heads. Lowbrow hairstyle 1880`s

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Antique German China Head Doll, Civil War Era Doll Homemade Body 21 inches

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Antique 23" German China Head Doll with All Original Clothing from the 1800's!

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Antique 7-1/2" China Head Doll

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The majority of china / parian dolls were German and were exported in large numbers from the early 1800’s up until World War I.

Colours of china head dolls

The most common china head dolls are white. Creamy white are finer and the rarest ones are made from a pink china, which is really a delicate flesh colour known as pink lustre.

The white and cream colour dolls often have homemade bodies as well as professionally made bodies of cloth or kid. Some have china arms and legs but some of the very fine ones have kid arms and legs, with the fingers and toes indicated by stitching. The larger ones may have kid hands with fingers which are separate and distinct.

China Doll Shoes

The shoes are an excellent way to help identify the age. Flat soled shoes are more likely to date before 1850 whereas shoes which have a definite heel would be after 1850.

Identifying age of doll from the head

Dolls heads which were made prior to 1860 were not marked and records are often lost. After 1860 it is possible to identify some heads even if they are unmarked by comparing them with later identical doll heads which do have marks. Hair styles are also an indication of age but it should be noted that old molds were often used.

 

 

 

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