|Very rare china head with molded bonnet. Theriault's.com|
|Brown Eyed China head from the Blackler Collection, |
|Morning Glory China Head, Theriault's.com|
My rarest is a man’s head, with black hair, painted eyes, goatee and moustache. I think he may represent Napoleon III, husband of Eugenie, and I have an old head representing Eugenie herself.
There is a Queen Victoria doll from Shackman, and several Jenny Linds, one by Emma Clear, one an antique. One small antique doll has a waterfall hairdo in a net. Some have molded ribbons. There are swivel necked chinas, and I have one in bisque from Japan with the curly lowbrow hairdo. I think these dolls are meant to have a Gibson girl type hair do with the rest of their hair pinned up in back. They are the most common and plentiful, and cost pennies. Many were made by Hertel and Schwab, and some were found intact after the Iron Curtain came down, in their original East German Factories.
Shards of these and other bisque dolls that were thrown out are still buried in the soil and turn up. I have a box of them, sent from Germany, with the dirt in which they were buried clinging to them. The box still has its German label.
Allegedly, more than 1 billion china heads were made in Germany during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Rare examples, some wth glass eyes, sleeping eyes, glass eyes and even teeth show up every so often. There are affordable examples of china heads for everyone, and they inspire colletors of lady head vases and assemblage artists, too. They are a great way to introduce new collectors to the world of antique dolls.