Large Bawo & Dotter China Head Doll

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Description of Doll for Sale

This is a stunning example of an antique late 1800's china head doll made by Bawo & Dotter in Germany. The China Heads patent date of 1880 is the earliest this head could have been made with production for this doll probably ending well before 1900.  This doll has her original china head and hands with cloth feet.  The body is an expertly made copy of an antique body.  The material and the pattern of the body is exactly what I would expect for an 1880's china head body.  If it wasn't for the cleanness of the fabric in the body one could easily mistake it for an antique body,  This Bawo & Dotter china head doll is 26 inches tall. 

She is wearing a very well made and appropriately styled vintage replacement outfit that was hand made for this doll. The style of the dress and the sewing details is exactly what I would expect in an antique dress from 1880 - 1890.  The dress and underwear were made using vintage and antique fabric. The slip features a delicate organdy bodice and sleeves.  She has lace stockings that are sewn onto her cloth feet. 

Head Mark


Pat Dec 7 / 80


Uncommon for china heads of this time period the head is marked as shown with a patent date that is attributed to Bawo & Dotter. I have no details of what the patent applies to as I see nothing " new and unique" in this doll that was not seen in earlier China heads. Doll manufacturers were always trying to gain advantage by claiming patent rights to any feature they could get a patent on. 

Condition of Doll for Sale

The china head and hands are perfect with no chips, cracks or repairs.  There are some small rubs to the hair mainly on the back of the head (see pictures).  You can click the pictures to see close-ups of the condition.


The dress and underwear is clean and sound with no stains, foxing or repairs.  The fabric of the dress and underwear is sound with no rips.  The vintage organdy of the sleeves and collar of the slip is sound but is very thin and delicate and has some minor holes and fraying. 

This is an antique doll that will have some wear and imperfections expected in an antique or vintage doll.  I make every effort to describe all significant flaws in my descriptions and show them in the pictures.  Please read the description fully and examine all the pictures to be sure you understand the condition of the doll.  The pictures can be enlarged to show the doll in great detail.  If you have any questions or would like any additional information on this doll please email me and I will be glad to answer your question.  California residents are responsible for California Sales tax in addition to the purchase price shown.

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Availability: In Stock

Cost Price: $500.00 Shipping & Insurance: $68.00 Dollnum: #261

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The shipping charge includes packaging, insurance and tracking information.  Dolls over $500 will require a signature when they are delivered. I sell and ship only to the continental US (no Alaska and Hawaii).  I often ship by UPS so the shipment must be to an address (no P.O. boxes).

All items are guaranteed to be as described on this page regarding condition, attribution and attire. If you purchase something from me and feel it is not as represented on this page please contact me by phone, email or postmarked letter within three days of receiving the item and I will gladly refund your full payment excluding shipping fees.  To get a refund the item must be returned in it's original condition and with all garments and accessories. If you do not contact me within three days of receiving the item, it is understood by both the buyer and the seller that the item is as described and a return privilege is no longer available.