Wonderful and Rare American Cloth "Philadelphia Baby" for J.B. Sheppard

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20" (51 cm.) All-cloth doll with pressed and oil-painted facial features and hair,deeply-defined eye sockets with incised eyeliner,brown painted eyes,brown painted hair with stippling onto forehead and matching-brown brows,accented nostrils,stitched-ears,closed mouth with very full lips,stockinette stitch-jointed body,oil-painted lower arms and legs,antique costume appears original. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: known as the "Philadelphia Baby",the distinctive doll was commissioned for the J.B. Sheppard Department Store of Philadelphia toward the end of the 19th century; the quality of artistry and workmanship is superb and distinctive,yet the actual maker remains unknown. Value Points: rarely found American doll with superb sculpting details and fine original painted finish.
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