A rare 19th century doll has been discovered in west Dorset.

The Jumeau doll was found in a trunk and is expected to generate a great deal of interest at auction.

It is valued at £1,000 to £1,500 and will go under the hammer at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

Dating to the late 19th century, this porcelain head doll was made by the famous Jumeau factory.

The doll has glass paperweight eyes, closed mouth and applied ears, and comes with some clothing and a brass miniature bed. It stands 46cms high and has remained largely untouched.

Jumeau is well known for their 'high quality' heads, and are widely collected all around the world.

Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said: "We were clearing a property in West Dorset and this doll was found wrapped up in a trunk, the family believe it has been stored in there for over 50 years and this has kept it in good condition.

"We have achieved some remarkable prices over the years for Jumeau dolls, and this should do very well."

The doll is included in the January Fine Art Sale.