Antique Flat Back Half Doll Hand Painted Porcelain

Antique Flat Back Half Doll Hand Painted Porcelain

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Lovely antique flat back half doll was made in Germany but is unmarked.

Hand painted porcelain. She has light grey (powdered) hair with a blue head band in her hair. Her lips and eyes are wonderfully detailed.

I’ve seen examples of these flat back dolls having been made into circa 1910s-20s wall-hung pincushions, sewing notions holders, or handkerchief holders. These dolls would also make great adornments to a pillow or a crazy quilt. They also make a lovely shadow box display. You may attach your own dress and hand sculpted arms and legs to create a 3-dimensional picture from the porcelain Flat Backs.

2-1/8 inches tall x 1-1/8 inches wide at widest point. This lovely piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. Has 3 attachment holes and is marked on the back with incised numbers which are hard to make out but appear to be 14140. Old pencil notations handwritten on back as well.

Similar Made in Germany flat back half doll related item is featured in “The Encyclopedia of Half Dolls” by Freida Marion and Norma Werner.

See my Flapper Girl flat back half doll listed here:

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