Dating china doll
Do not remove or destroy any clothing from a china head doll, no matter how poor the condition: clothing can offer many clues to the doll's age.
An excellent publication for identifying (or purchasing) china head doll clothing is Antique Doll Collector Magazine, which lists dealers and resources for research.
For example, one particularly interesting china doll was Frozen Charlotte, which was a one-piece doll of china -- head, limbs, and body.
China head dolls were made with black, very dark brown, and blonde hair.
China dolls first began to appear in the 18th century notes the 2001 Childhood Playthings exhibit from the Shriver-Weybright Exhibition Gallery, although they were far less available than the wood, gesso, wax and papier mache dolls of the era.