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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1885-1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alt, Beck & Gottschalck (manufacturers)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This doll was made in Germany in 1885-90 by a company called Alt, Beck, and Gottschalk, a well known high-quality doll manufacturer.

This doll has a bisque head, a common feature of ABG dolls, and also has a fine wardrobe. She is wearing a cream silk dress, a ruff, two petticoats, a vest, and drawers, some of which were probably made at a later date and added to the doll.

Physical description

The doll is wearing a cream silk dress lined with cotton and decorated with fine black braid which has faded in places to olive green. Around the neck is a white cotton ruff and at the centre back a black silk ribbon bow. The back is fastened with hooks and eyes. The dress is probably of the 1850s. There are a few repairs on the skirt. The petticoat is made of white handkerchief cotton with tucks and lace trim at hem. Another petticoat is made of flannel with linen waist band, and a blanket stitch around scalloped hem. The vest is knitted wool with pink ribbon threaded through upper body. The drawers are white cotton with broderie anglaise trim on the legs; tie fastening.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1885-1890 (made)


Alt, Beck & Gottschalck (manufacturers)

Marks and inscriptions

1064 # 0
on edge of back shoulder plate


Height: 29 cm doll

Object history note

References: Collectors' Encyclopedia of Dolls, Vol 1 & 2

Descriptive line

bisque -headed doll with silk dress, made in Germany by Alt, Beck and Gottschalk; 1885-90


Bisque; Silk; Cotton; Flannel; Linen




Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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