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 Stunningly impressive in both its beauty and stature is this 29” ( 74cm ) Jules Steiner “ Series C “ bebe with closed mouth, with incised markings “ Ste C 6 “ in back and also a stamp below in red “ s.g.d.g. “ and then another red stamp at both upper sides of the head in script “ Bourgoin “. She has a closed mouth , very full cheeks and the hint of a smile, well defined ears with blushing and pierced earlobes, and desirable mauve shading on upper eyelids with similar coloring on cheeks, and distinctive Steiner patented “ wire-eyed “ mechanism which allows the blue glass eyes to be opened and closed from connected brass wire that protrudes through an opening on the left side of the head. The unique eyes are blue glass eyes set in a separate porcelain casing which is flat in back and actually signed on each “STEINER 6 “. As is typical and indeed necessary these mechanisms require that each side of the head have a rectangular cutout space to accommodate a wooden dowel that goes from one side to another allowing complete functioning and the metal eye opener/closer to be accessible. The head is attached to the original fully jointed Steiner body with straight wrists and short stubby splayed fingers, all with fine original patina. She has been exquisitely costumed in a long blond antique wig with bangs and extensions in back, a very nice antique style dress of cream silk brocade with green lace overlay and fancy pink lace insertions with matching and well -coordinated bonnet, antique white knit socks and all antique undergarments, and antique brown leather shoes, most likely period childrens shoes but of similar age of the doll. The overall condition is excellent would be a welcomed addition to anybody’s collection!….RESERVED

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Extrordinary in size, quality, and beauty is this Bru Bebe, 36” ( 91 cm ) with incised mark on back of head “ BRU JNE R 16 “ , and impressed on back torso the number “ 16”. She has huge blue-grey paperweight eyes, well painted lashes and eyebrows, a closed mouth with hint of a space between the lips, a deep dimple in the chin, and realistically modeled ears with pierced earlobes. She is mounted to her original fully articulated French wood and composition body with mostly original patina, wears a white cotton and lace antique dress, all antique undergarments, a magnificent antique brown mohair wig with long “ rattail “ extensions in back, an antique brown velvet and brocade childrens coat, an antique midnight blue velvet hat with dark blue fringe cut feathers, burgundy silk ribbon and big brass button holding all in place. The shoes at first glance appear to be original leather Bru slippers but upon close examination one finds a signature stamp impressed into the soles “Joyce Nicholson “, and although not original attest to their quality and adherence to replicate authenticity. It is rare to find any Bru Bebe this large these days and certainly not one of this overall quality and condition. 

Although we try in most cases to want to sell and ship anywhere in the world we feel in this particular case due to her size, weight, and fragility, we want to limit the sale of this particular doll to locations only within the 48 lower contiguous states of the USA to avoid problems with customs and other such potential third party interferences that can occur when direct shipping and control is taken out of the hands of anybody other than the seller and the buyer. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience!!!……………………..US$ 12,500. 

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Featured here is a large ( 23 ½”, 59 cm ) SFBJ toddler incised “ 21 S.F.B.J. 252 11 “ with closed pouty full mouth and protruding upper lip, with deep accentuating modeling especially around the chin, above the eyes, and deep bumps and ridges all throughout the forehead showing an exaggerated expression of displeasure and/or frustration as if she had been denied something and if to say “ Is that so; well I’ll show you !”. She has blue glass sleep eyes and still retains the original silk upper eyelashes, short multistroke brows, and is strung to the original chubby French toddler body with diagonal hip joints with original painted finish in overall very good condition. The reddish blond mohair wig is original as is the one-piece French blue and white mariner type costume which barely goes to knee length. The camel colored leather toddler shoes with pompoms and white knit socks are also original. Although just recently repurchased from a collector to whom we previously sold this doll only a few years ago, we had obtained this doll originally from the sale of the Sammy Odin Collection and when Sammy saw it in our booth at the recent UFDC Convention this July it immediately drew his attention and he walked over to reacquaint himself with his old friend and reminisce. A superior quality ever popular doll with confirmed provenance……………………….US$ 3,650. 

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Pretty 27″ ( 69 cm ) closed mouth bebe with red stamp on back of the head ” DEPOSE TETE JUMEAU Bte. S.G.D.G. 12 “, lovely large clear brown paperweight eyes, evenly arched multi stroke eyebrows with nice lashes, smooth peaches and cream complexion, well modeled and painted lips, pierced ear lobes with blue and white bead earrings. The head is attached by a coil spring to the original fully jointed French wood and composition body ( no markings found ) with mostly original finish with only minor spots of paint retouch ( leg stringing slightly loose ). She is elaborately costumed in a two piece heavy midnight blue velvet and black bead trim design, and antique blond mohair wig over cork pate, a spectacular bonnet made of plum velvet and floral embroidered wide ribbons, and nice antique brown leather shoes with cloth rosettes and stamped on the leather soles ” 12 C.C. (within an oval)”. The blue velvet material of the dress is so far it must be viewed in bright light as not to appear black. A classic Bebe in an imposing size. US$ 3,250. 

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Rare and dramatic 26″ ( 66 cm ) French bebe incised ” F. R.  12 ” made by Falck and Roussel, one of the least well-known but also one of the most coveted dolls of this period due to both her rarity AND beauty. She has large bulbous blue paperweight eyes, closed slightly smiling mouth with protruding upper lip, tiny lashes and thick multistroke brows, pierced ear lobes, deep dimple in chin, and excellent facial modeling and painting. She is on a fully articulated French wood and composition with mostly original finish, and is beautifully costumed in a one piece midnight blue velvet, cream silk, and lace trimmed dress,  as well as blue velvet embroidered and dangling bead decoration , antique brown leather shoes with silk ribbon rosettes, and a well-coordinated silk, velvet, and feather boa bonnet. The wig is dark brown human hair over an old cork pate.  Although not technically inexpensive she is offered at a much reduced price over what one would normally have to pay due to a well executed professional restoration of two hairlines on the back of the head. It is not readily visible upon routine inspection but only after a strong light is placed inside the head and with no restoration to anywhere on the facial features. With all that to be considered she is being offered at ……. US$ 14,500.

 

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