Papier-mâché Shoulder Head Doll | Wax Doll
Small papier-mâché shoulder-head doll has face covered with wax, inset brown enamel eyes, painted brows and lips. Blond mohair wig is covered with an open-weave thread cap that ties under the chin. Only the face is covered with wax. Papier-mâché body has muslin cover. Upper arms are covered with gauze. Arms below the elbow appear to have thin Plaster of Paris coating and are flesh tinted. Legs below the knee appear to be made of composition. Clothing consists of a grey and white striped cotton sleeveless dress with a deep flounce at the hem. Undergarments consist of a white cotton batiste one-piece chemise and drawers with a half-slip stitched to it at the waist. All pieces are hand stitched.
This doll came to History Colorado in 1988 as part of the Bernice Lang doll collection. The doll was collected by either Bernice Lang, Wilmette (Minnie) Belle Jackson (Bernice's mother), or Lindy Lou Lang, Bernice's sister or mother-in-law as an addition to their doll collection. The doll is not thought to have been used by any of the three ladies as children. No further provenance is recorded in any records obtained by History Colorado.