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Seldom found early German doll attributed to by most to be from Simon & Halbig and incised on back of head “ 11 979 “ and is mounted to the original fully articulated German wood and composition body with excellent original patina and stamped in red “ Heinrich Handwerck Germany “. This 1890s era doll has an elongated narrow face with blue glass fixed eyes, well painted lashes and thick multistroke brows, and an open mouth with two square upper teeth and one bottom one placed strategically in the very center of the two uppers, a common and desirable feature of the earlier open mouth S&H dolls. She also has pierced earlobes, deep dimple in chin, and a larger than average nose in length but not in width. There is some controversy among doll historians as to whether the 979 and/or the 989 models which came in both open and closed mouth versions were indeed made buy S&H and not ABG as neither mold number is known to be incised with the appropriate identifying letters and only the numbers but we find the overall characteristics of the 979, and in particular the open mouth 979 to have more S&H known traits than the ABG ones. She is dressed In a very nice antique wool plaid dress with plaid silk ribbon sash and blue lace collar, an antique dark blond mohair wig, and although not old, very nice reproduction leather “Jumeau “ shoes marked “10” and the “ bumblebee” logo. This 22 (55cm ) doll is a must for every collector who would ideally like to own “ one of every mold number “ of the Simon & Halbig dolls and is offered at a very modest price of…………US$1, 250.

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Charming 11 ½” ( 29cm ) closed mouth “ Belton-type “ doll, circa 1890, with closed flat dome head and three stringing holes incised only “ 1 “. She has almond shaped eye cuts, fixed brown glass eyes, heart shaped delicately painted mouth, well painted lashes and multistroke brows, unusually large well modeled ears with pierced lobes, and mounted to the original German wood and composition fully jointed body with straight wrists and good original finish. She is nicely costumed in a well -constructed pale mauve silk knee- length dress with lace overlay on skirt and front center panel and high collar and a pink silk ribbon sash at dropped waist level. The wig is antique blond human hair covered by a very nice lace bonnet with wire frame and a silk ribbon with matches the sash. The shoes are antiqueblack canvas with thread pompoms. Although unmarked she has facial characteristics of dolls made by such as firms of Baehr & Proeschild as well as Ernst Grossmann…………………….US$ 725. 

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 Charming and happy looking 23 ½” ( 60 cm ) socket head baby incised “ 585 B.P. Germany “ from the firm Baehr and Proeschild with blue glass sleep eyes, well painted upper and lower lashes, multistroke brows, and an open smiling mouth with two upper teeth. The body is original and retains most of the original finish but much of the original glossy outer patina has been lost over time giving it a somewhat “scrubbed” appearance. She wears an antique white cotton baby dress covered by a silky pink pinafore with silk ribbons, and a full blond mohair wig with bangs with pink silk ribbon bow matching those of the pinafore. Tied around her right wrist is a modern white teddy bear for her to play with. Although the B.P. 585 is not an especially rare mold number it is unusual to find an example in this larger size…………………………………..US$ 395. 

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Always popular and with superior facial modeling and exaggerated happy expression is the Georgene Averill “ Bonnie Babe “ with brown glass sleep eyes, an open mouth with two lower teeth and separately molded tongue tip, wide face with deep dimples in cheeks and chin, and all molded and painted three dimensional light brown hair exhibiting short baby curls. The doll stands a full 22” (55cm ) and has a flange neck sewn to a cloth torso with sewn joints at the hips and heavy painted American composition arms and legs with separate fingers and toes. The head is incised at back bottom of neck “ Copr. Georgene Averill 1005/3652 Germany “, and is believed to have been manufactured by ABG. The clothing consists of a simple long white cotton baby dress with red feather stitching and light blue knit baby booties. A lovely doll and with composition limbs still in remarkably good original condition………………………………………………US$ 625. 

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 Seldom found German character baby, especially in this larger size ( 22’,56cm ), with head incised “ B.P, “ ( within a heart logo ), “ 678 12 Made in Germany “ , with open mouth and two upper teeth and separate tongue, multistroke brows and tiny upper and lower lashes ( as well as thick silk uppers, perhaps added later ), and mounted to the original composition five piece bent limb body in overall good condition with mostly original fine finish. She wears a long brown antique mohair wig, a white polished cotton baby dress with similar type pink jacket, old undergarments, crocheted booties, and smooth cotton and lace trimmed baby bonnet that ties under the chin. The markings are interesting as although incised “ B.P. ( Baehr and Proschild ) , the heart logo surrounding the letters implies their relationship with Bruno Schmidt. These collaborations between German doll manufacturers is not uncommon as not all doll companies produced their own porcelain and in the is case the “B.P. “ marks specify the makers of the actual heads rather than the designers or ownership of the patent associated……………US$ 375. 

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 Large baby incised “ 142 14 “ is believed to be a model from Hertel and Schwab with bisque head made for them by B.P. ( Baehr and Proschild ) and bear a striking similarity to many Kestner babies especially their 211 models. Like the 211s these 142 babies are found with both open mouths, open/closed mouths, glass eyes, and painted eyes. As one can see, this example is of the open/closed variety with red bisque tongue an integral part of the moth area modeling with no opening present. The blue glass eyes are most likely set in the stationary position as they are not opening or closing but we have not removed the head from the body to rule out with 100% certainty that the head cavity has not been stuffed from the neck socket. The bent limb composition baby body has good original finish with an extra feature of wrist articulation and separately strung hands. The costume consists of a long organdy baby dress, gauze and fancy lace bonnet, and tightly crocheted booties. The modeling and painting of the hair is also done in a sophisticated manner as it also has a three dimensional raised forelock of hair at top center of the forehead……………….US$ 265. 

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 21 ½” ( 54cm ) earliest period Kammer and Reinhardt open mouth child doll, incised “ 192 11 “ , with four upper teeth, blue glass sleep eyes, heavy multistroke brows, nicely painted upper and lower lashes, and perhaps the best feature of this doll might be that she is on her original heavy German fully jointed good quality body with straight wrists AND eight separate ball joints at elbows, shoulder, hips, and knees. Finish appears to be mostly original with only slight normal age wear and scuffed patches with that primarily occurring on hands and fingers. She has been well re-costumed in a burgundy velvet low waisted dress with lace collar and sleeve trim and applications to the skirt, an antique auburn human wig, (perhaps hand- made but of professional quality if so), a velvet and lace dress matching the dress, antique brown and black canvas shoes, old undergarments and socks, and a costume jewelry brooch pinned to the lace collar. This period of K&R dolls , mainly consisting of 191 and 192 models ( 192 also comes as a closed mouth doll ) are believed to have been made by the Kestner porcelain division of that company before K&R acquired the Handwerck Company about 1902-03 and their then long term association with the Simon-Halbig Company about that same time who then went on to produce all, or at least most, of the porcelain heads for K&R who did not actually produce their own bisque/porcelain but indeed “ subcontracted “ this important aspect out to others. When looking closely at the face of this doll one definitely sees “ K&R” but one begins to question oneself as well when perhaps we also see “ something a bit ‘Kestner-ish’ “. Well if so, this explanation “may explain a little!!!? “. ………………..US$ 395. 

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Most unusual 21” ( 54cm ) bisque head baby doll made by Gebruder Heubach for the firm Wagner and Zetsche and incised “10157 HEUCACH ( in a “ square “-logo ) 10 “, with large blue glass sleep eyes , well painted lashes and thick eyebrows, an open smiling mouth with two upper teeth, a separately molded tongue, and deep dimples in both cheeks. Even though made by Gebruder Heubach it does not use the pink tinted bisque throughout technique as they were making for another company, in this case “ WZ”. He is on a five piece bent limb baby body but with a unique construction in that instead of the head having a typical “ socket “-type neck it has a flat cut bottom as one might find on a French automaton head and placed on a wooden ball that sits under the head and inside the neck socket of the body torso allowing the swiveling effect as on any other type baby doll. He wears and antique blue and white cotton romper suit with blue embroidered design, blue and white crocheted booties, and a full antique mohair baby wig over cardboard pate. A rare doll both in model number but with an unusual neck assemblage as well!……………………….US$ 350. 

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Classic Kammer and Reinhardt character baby incised “ SIMON & HALBIG Germany K*R 126 42 “ with socket head on five piece bent limb body with good original patina and wearing original mohair wig and a period baby dress. This 16 ½” ( 42 cm ) has an open smiling mouth with two upper teeth , blue glass eyes that sleep with an “ eye-lock “ in head, well painted brows and upper and lower lashes with the remnants of some upper silk lashes as well, and evenly painted facial features. Although not especially rare, this model is nonetheless is in overall very good condition ( only a few very minor very shallow wig pulls ) with a charming expression…US$ 225

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Although with the current trend of open mouth German bisque children not being as generally popular as in recent passed times, the desirability of the tiny cabinet size versions of the similarly designed larger similar models has not only not waned but conversely has seemed to have increased in popularity making those still found more highly salable than ever and at prices as high as before if not higher. With that considered we are happy to offer this little 9 ½” ( 23cm ) gem incised “ 0 Germany H 3/0 “ undoubtedly a little Handwerck with open mouth and four tiny upper teeth, blue glass sleep eyes , tiny lashes and thick one-stroke brows, pierced earlobes with blue bead earrings, with head mounted to the original FULLY ARTICULATED German wood and composition body with straight wrists, with near mint original patina. She wears the original long full blond mohair wig with long bangs covered by a homemade red felt hat with candy-cane thread bow., a red wool skirt, thin cotton blouse with wide collar, red silk bow tie, antique cotton and linen underwear, and antique socks and original white cloth shoes with soles still present. A sweet little package and not to be missed!………………………………………….US$ 495.

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17” ( 43cm ) Hertel and Schwab character baby with head incised “ made in Germany 152/8 “, blue glass sleep eyes, open mouth with four upper teeth and a bisque tongue tip molded and attached to the lower lip. Lashes are well painted as are the so-call “ flyaway “ brows. Body is original five piece bent limb composition with mostly original finish. She wears and organdy floral print dress with gauze pinafore, an old blond human hair wig with long curls, and a pale pink silky gauze bonnet with lace trim and silk ribbons that tie under the chin. A most expressive god quality character baby!……………………………………………..US$ 175.

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 20” ( 51cm ) character toddler incised “ Armand Marseille 990 A.9 M. Germany “ with blue glass sleep eyes, open mouth with two upper teeth, on the original five piece composition toddler body with original finish with only some typical minor age wear, and wearing a white baby dress made of cotton, linen, and lace as well as a pink rayon jacket with lace and ribbon trim. The wig with bangs is antique brown mohair and covering it is a fine quality pink and white silk bonnet with lace trim……………………….US$ 165. 

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 Excellent quality 18” ( 46cm ) character baby incised “ 152 LW& C0 10 “ with the characteristic almost “ ice blue “ glass sleep eyes, upper and lower lashes and multistroke brows, open mouth with four upper teeth and separately molded tongue attached to lower lip, deep modeling along lower sides of mouth and double chin, and mounted to the original five piece composition bent limb body with original painted finish ( one pinkie tip chipped ).She wears her original antique blond mohair wig, an antique white cotton cutout and lace trimmed long gown, and a cream silk and lace bonnet with long silk ribbons to tie under the chin. The slippers are constructed of a pale gold satiny fabric……….US$ 195. 

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Somewhat unusual and hard to find 13” ( 33cm ) German character baby incised ” Armand Marseille Made in Germany 750 D.R.G.M 258 A.2M. . She is on her original five piece bent limb composition body with mostly good original finish . The mouth is open with well modeled upper lip, two upper teeth, well painted lashes and multistroke brows, and separately molded tongue. The once sleeping blue glass eyes are now set in stationary position. Rock still present inside so could easily be reset by a person with appropriate skill. Bobbed mohair wig appears to be original; she wears a lovely mint green crocheted two piece costume with matching booties and with white cotton cap . Different mold number with most pleasant expression!………………………………………………….US$ 135. 

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Among the wide range of Armand Marseille character babies is this 15” ( 38cm ) incised “ Germany G. 329 B. A.3.M “ indicating that she was made in association with George Borgfeldt of New York City. Although almost automatically recognized at first glance to be of AM manufacturer, the one noticeable difference is the position of the two teeth, here being on bottom rather than the more typical top. She is on the original bent limb composition baby body with mostly original finish, wears her original bobbed auburn mohair wig, and is appropriately dressed in a long white rayon gown with pink ribbons , and a homemade cream cotton bonnet with lace trim and ribbon ties………………US$ 135. 

 

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