Hairstyles may give a hint about who the doll may represents, or when she may have been popular, but doll manufacturers might used a head mold for years, even after the hairstyle was out of date.Hair color can also help date a doll's manufacture.China head dolls had painted faces and molded hair, although Biedermeier dolls, or dolls from an era in German history that overlapped with the English Regency from around 1815-1848, often required a wig.The time period became associated with this style of doll and many dealers use the term to refer to these wigged dolls from the previously mentioned dates.China was imported from the East to Europe, until the secret of porcelain making was revealed, and Germany started to produce fine china in its own factories.By the first part of the 19th centuries, china head dolls were claiming their place in the home.
Rarity is difficult to define, but can mean an object which comes up for sale only only or twice every decade and has collectors willing to pay highly for it.
It's called "china" because that is where the pottery originated.
China is made from a mixture of clay and minerals mixed with water, molded or shaped and then baked at high temperatures.
The china sections had small holes punched in them, and were sewn to doll bodies made of fabric and stuffed with horsehair, straw, sand or other materials.
Dolls came in all sizes, from a few inches to nearly 36" or more; the size depended upon the china factory's ability to mold larger body sections.