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 The back part of the neck of a bisque socket head porcelain doll produced in Germany. The mark “1894 AM 5/0 DE” indicates a doll made by the manufacturer Armand Marseille - from 18MO609.

Site: 18MO609 Jackson Homestead

Context: African-American farmstead of Malinda Jackson, (destroyed by fire), c. 1860 to c. 1915

Site Date Range: c. 1800 - 1915

Materials: Painted bisque porcelain (also known as parian).

Dimensions: 3.25cm x 4.75cm.

Description: The back part of the neck of a bisque socket head porcelain doll produced in Germany. The mark “1894 AM 5/0 DE” indicates a doll made by the manufacturer Armand Marseille. Marseille was among the most prolific or German doll manufacturers, beginning production of dolls around 1885 and continuing until around 1930. Dolls marked with 1894 are believed to have first been produced around that date (King 1981:400).  This doll would have had a wig.

History: Bisque porcelain dolls with jointed cloth bodies and flowing hair were available through catalogs like the 1895 Montgomery Ward catalog for as little as fifty cents. (Fellows 1990:93).