Heinrich Handwerck Doll, ca. 1900
Appraised Value: $3,200 - $3,500
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Appraisal Video: (2:31)
GUEST: A friend of the family won the doll in a raffle for 25 cents.
GUEST: She was given to my grandmother in 1902, and the shoes and socks are original. And my earliest recollection was at five years old. I'd go visit my grandmother and look at this doll and beg to play with her, and she would never allow any of us to play with her.
APPRAISER: I'm sure of that. And that's why she has survived for so long.
GUEST: Yes. And she was in that cabinet all these years, and she was supposed to go to the oldest granddaughter, who did not want her. So I got her and I was so thrilled, because I'd been in love with this doll for so many years.
APPRAISER: Oh, how wonderful. Well, this is a beautiful doll. She was made in Germany between 1895 and 1905,
GUEST: Oh, wow.
APPRAISER: by a company called Heinrich Handwerck. Actually, the head was made by Simon and Halbig, who is a porcelain manufacturer that also produced a lot of doll heads for a lot of the other German companies.
APPRAISER: And what's very special about her is that she's very large. This doll was made in several different sizes, and a lot of people really desire the larger sizes. So anything over 38 inches is considered really large. She has beautiful blue glass eyes, and we always look for eyes that sleep and it's very lovely. She's got thick brows; she's got an open mouth with teeth. What's especially nice about her is her original mohair wig. What they did is they added pieces to make it look longer, because the goats don't grow the hair that long. This is in beautiful condition. It's a wonderful color. Some of these wigs go for a lot of money. The body is made of composition and wood, and she has her original shoes. They are quite nice. They're made of leather. The dress is not original, I think. Did you make the dress?
GUEST: I made the dress. The dress that I remember her being in was just a crepe paper dress--
APPRAISER: Okay. Okay.
GUEST: --that my aunt made for her. And so I never saw the original dress.
APPRAISER: Well, I think you would be very interested to know that this doll books for about retail price of $3,200 to $3,500.
APPRAISER: If this doll had all of the original clothes--
APPRAISER: --and original dress, she would probably retail for about $3,700.
GUEST: That's exciting to know. I wondered. Thank you.
APPRAISER: You're very welcome.
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