Most of these dolls were dressed differently by dealers, because traditional costume dolls are not so popular. I had the great luck to acquire a completely original preserved doll, a rare find. She is 46cm tall and dates from 1860-1870, dressed in the original costume from Arles. (South of France). The stiff leather body has a finely painted papier-mache breast head.
A black human hair wig with thick neck knots is nailed onto the black painted hair. The hairstyle is decorated with a black pearl ribbon. The red atlas silk dress is decorated with a large white lace collar and a white lace-trimmed scarf and a lace-trimmed black silk apron. Even the three white petticoats (three in number), one of them with a hoop, are true to the original. White knitted lace stockings are held by red garter straps. They are held below the knee with brass clasps. Black laced lacquer boots complete the faithful recreation of the original costume. Eye-catcher is the head covering, a hat trimmed with black lace and hung with black lace ribbons.
It is not the doll that is important here, but the costume. A realistic and perfect copy of the costume is in the focus.