This is a gorgeous antique doll, beautifully presented in an antique dress, BUT... Her breast plate was broken in antiquity and for most of her life, was hidden, still broken, beneath a collar of cloth, as many broken doll were dealt with at the time. Glue was often not something one would want to use on an expensive doll, so the best solution found by mothers in the 19th century was to use a primitive flour paste to hold things together temporarily, then sew a binding which would keep the broken pieces together on the doll.These jury-rigged solutions often lasted a hundred years or more, as was with this doll and how I found her: with all the pieces bound tightly together under a mother-made bandage. However these kind of things, I believe, should not go on forever, for the well-being of the doll, as nostalgic as it may seem. As years pass, and cloth deteriorates, as was happening to this doll, the pieces were shifting constantly, flaking off precious parts of the porcelain and damaging the breaks in the breast plate, so that over the many, many years the pieces were never going to fit well together again. It is always possible, shards became missing in the initial break, but years of rubbing together was unhealthier for the doll's broken pieces. I cleaned everything up and all the edges up and fitted them back together as best I could. I left them uncovered, so the new owner could easily survey the damage. All the pieces are stable now. If you would want to make her look "beautiful" you can always cover the damage part with a muslin bandage.
I always think these worn beauties look fabulous just like they are. This is an ABG Doll or an Alt, Beck and Gottchalck, for those of you who may not know this.
These dolls are sort of the Cadillacs of dolls in their time, if you get my meaning. They have beautiful faces, as this one does. They were, and are often, expensive.Many of them can have a pinkish tinge to them; this does a bit, but not too much. They were often elaborately dressed. This one does have a nice dress but it is not original. She is 19 inches tall. She has a China head, but her arms and legs are bisque porcelain and may be later replacements. Her body is older but not as old as the head. Her deep teal colored two-piece dress is an antique with antique ecru tatted trim on the bodice jacket and tiny glass buttons were used on the jacket front. It may be that the doll's body, appendages, and clothing are all about the same period, about 1900, but the head may figure about 30 years earlier.
Despite the damage, she displays as perfect and is a completely beautiful doll. We can no long pay for or do IOUs for those who forget. If you have any questions about our dolls, dolls in general, or our business, just ask, we love hearing from you! This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls, Clothing & Accessories\Dolls & Doll Playsets".The seller is "muffiesmoppets" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Republic of Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion.