Alt, Beck and Gottschalck dolls will sometimes have a size and model number.Parian dolls are similar to china dolls in that their heads are made of untinted porcelain, but they are unglazed with a matte finish. They were also mainly made in Germany, from around the 1860s to 1890s.Some china dolls, like the "Frozen Charlotte dolls", were made entirely out of porcelain, with head and body made in one piece without any articulation.

Rare and elaborately decorated antique china dolls can have value on the collectors market.

Most china dolls are unmarked or marked with only a size number.

The earliest china dolls often depicted grown women.

From approximately the 1850s on, child-like china dolls became popular.

Colloquially the term china doll is used to refer only glazed porcelain dolls.

A typical china doll has a glazed porcelain head with painted molded hair and a body made of cloth or leather.

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Even curators who’ve done thorough research keep on asking questions about their subject matter.

There was a resurgence in the popularity of china dolls in the mid-1900s when many were reproduced in the United States by companies such as Ruth Gibbs of New Jersey and Californians Emma Clear and Mark Farmer, Another tip off that such a doll is a reproduction is if it is signed with an individual's name and/or date.

The antique dolls were not typically signed in this manner.

They range in size from more than 30" (76 cm) tall to 1 inch (2.5 cm).