Not all dolls that are 17" tall look 17" tall and this in one of those dolls. Her stockinette body, while it is curvy is not big, it is softly stuffed and small around. My index finger and thumb go around her waist and touch. Her face kind of looks embroidered in pictures but it is a really nicely painted. It is not fragile even though the paint has body to it, maybe it is an oil paint. Under her painted mouth she has a two stitch mend. Her hair is made with, astrakhan, a lambs wool trim. She is all hand sewn and in very good condition, (She does have an added black band of fabric around her neck to stabilized her head.) She is wearing hand sewn black calico dress that is probably a little older than she is, (1860's).
This is a great example of an early, very good condition, black cloth doll. C. 1880