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|Creator||Beach, Mollie and Paul|
|Published||Vancouver : Museum of Vancouver|
|Contributor||Museum of Vancouver|
During the early years of the 19th century, the Sonneberg area of Germany became famous for producing and exporting dolls' heads made of papier mâché. Strengthening ingredients, such as eggs or glue, were added to pulp, which was moulded under pressure. The result was a strong, durable material that was less costly than wax or bisque. Later in the century, other types of composition, still based on wood or paper, were used to make both heads and bodies.
This large composition shoulder-head is of unknown origin;
however, it bears a strong resemblance to those made by the
German firm of Cuno and Otto Dressel. The hairstyle indicates
that it was produced between 1870 and 1890. The head has painted features and moulded hair. It belonged to Mary Fessler who was born in 1873 in the United States.
a large doll's head and shoulder plate with brown moulded hair