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|Creator||Ladner, Miss Dorothy|
|Title||Doll with Blonde Wig|
|Published||Vancouver : Museum of Vancouver|
|Contributor||Museum of Vancouver|
From 1880 until 1914, Germany manufactured more dolls than any other nation. The company of Heinrich Handwerck, which was established in 1885, produced a variety of dolls with bisque heads and ball joints. Bisque, a ceramic material with an unglazed surface, was used by both German and French doll makers beginning in the middle of the 19th century. Liquid clay (slip) was cast in head moulds and fired at a high temperature to a bisque, or biscuit, state. The skin colour was applied with an overall wash, which was air-dried, and the features painted on with china paints. The head was fired again at a lower temperature. The result was a doll's head with a life-like complexion and delicate features.
This doll, which was made in Germany about 1900, has the
trademark of Heinrich Handerck incised on her neck. She has a bisque head with sleeping brown glass eyes and an open mouth showing four teeth. Her body is of white kid leather and she has bisque forearms. Miss Dorothy M. Ladner, who donated this doll to the Vancouver Museum, inherited her from an older family member. She remembers playing with the doll at her family's home near Central Park in Burnaby.
<div class="field-item field-item-0">Baby doll with blonde wig; a)Doll; porcelain head and hands; bisque shoulder; white leather body to the knees and fabric covered legs and feet; brown glass sleeping eyes open and close, lashes are painted on; brown eyebrows; open mouth with 4 moulded teeth; arms and legs move at the elbows, knees, hips and shoulders; "Made in Germany, H.J.I.H." and a horseshoe stamped into porcelain head; b) Wig: blond mohair; slightly curly, long hair.</div><div class="field-item field-item-1">a) doll; b) wig</div>