Antique China Head Dolls 1836-1940s
Antique porcelain China head dolls were made mostly by German companies from 1836 to the 1940s, dolls are usually found on wood, cloth or kid leather bodies, some dolls have partial China or porcelain limbs. Most China dolls have molded, painted hair, some dolls have a wig over a solid bald porcelain dome head. The most common China head doll is the Low Brow hairstyle. Black hair, blue eyes are most common, yes many blondes were made too and some very rare brown eyed dolls can be found. Unglazed porcelain China dolls are referred to as Parian dolls.
China head dolls range in size from a tiny 3 inches to a big and heavy 40 inches tall. China head dolls are usually unmarked, some dolls may have a mold number or doll makers mark on the back of the neck or on the shoulder plate, thus it can be impossible to pinpoint the doll maker. So China head dolls are identified by the type of hairstyle they have. Over the long history of China head doll making, as hairstyles changed, dolls changed too, which gives us a clue to date them.
So how well do you know your Hairstyles?
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1840s China head doll Bun Damenkoph, a young Queen Victoria lady hairstyle a bun, braid, rolled at the back
1840s China head Child doll Kinderkoff head of a female or male child shoulder head China doll
1840s China head doll KPM, not a hairstyle, very rare blanc de chine male shoulder head.
1840s China head doll Lydia hairstyle parted in the center, smooth on top, ringlet type long curls on side
1840s China head doll Sophia Smith hairstyle with straight sausage curled hair, similar to Lydia’s
1850’s China head doll Biedermeier or bald head, solid dome with a wig
1850’s China head doll Covered Wagon hairstyle, center part, flat on top with curls around the head
1850’s China head doll Greiner style hairstyle with a middle part, wavy on the sides with comb marks, high forehead
1860’s China head doll Alice in Wonderland hairstyle with molded headband on a Motsch-mann type body
1860’s China head doll Countess Dagmar various elaborate hairstyles some dolls with pierced ears
1860s China head doll High Brow hairstyle center part, flat top, curls around face, round face high forehead
1860s China head doll Jenny Lind hairstyle parted in the middle, pulled back into a bun, high forehead
1860s China head doll Morning Glory hairstyle pulled back hair, wavy on sides, molded flowers over ear
1860s China head doll Waterfall hairstyle hair pulled back into an elaborate bun type ??
1860s-70s China head doll Mary Todd Lincoln hairstyle pulled back into a snood
1860-70s China head doll hairstyle Flat top, High brow, Civil War, parted in the middle with short curls, high forehead
1870’s China head doll Adelina Patti hairstyle with a center part, rolled hair, elaborate curls
1870s China head doll hairstyle Curly Top has ringlet curls all over entire head
1870s China Head Doll Dolly Madison hairstyle with curls all over the head with molded ribbon
1870s China head doll Spill Curl hairstyle of curls on forehead and spilling down the back of the neck
1870s China head doll Currier & Ives hairstyle with bangs, some have details like a headband on this Parian doll
1880s China head doll Highland Mary hairstyle ABG doll, with bangs and curls at sides
1890s China head doll Low Brow hairstyle is most common style of this era, all over curls blonde or black hair
1900’s China had doll Bonnet heads with a molded bonnet over the molded hair
1900s China head doll made in Japan various hairstyles.
Additional China Head dolls not shown; 1905s China head doll, Low Brow hairstyle, jeweled neckline, 1920-30s China head doll, Low Brow hairstyle, some made in Japan, 1940s China head dolls.
The Meissen KPM factories are the oldest and most desirable of China head dolls. The Thüringia area in Germany had many other small porcelain factories that produced China head dolls as well. During and after World War I, China dolls were also made in Japan.
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This China head doll page was made possible by the China doll expert and collector Kathy Turner, visit her doll shop Virtu Doll.