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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$ 1,050.

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 18” ( 46cm ) smiling character baby incised “ Heubach Koppelsdorf 300- 8 Germany “ . She has a very rosy complexion with smooth oily bisque, contrasting very blue glass sleep eyes, painted lashes and thick multistroke “ winged “ brows, an open mouth with two upper teeth, and mounted to the original five piece composition baby body with heavy dark finish that well matches the cheek coloring. She has a bobbed honey colored human hair wig covered by a white “ dotted-swiss “ bonnet, old underwear and a cotton print dress with floral design background. Although not a rare mold number she has her own distinct look and quality that makes you look at the markings to determine what she indeed actually is…………………….US$ 165. 

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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 exceptional facial modeling!  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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 Nice quality 26 ½” ( 69cm ) bisque head “ Dolly Face “ by Schonau Hofmeister with head incised “ Germany SH PB ( within a star ) 914 10 “ with blue glass sleep eyes, an open mouth with four upper teeth, well painted lashes and multi-stoke brows, and mounted to the original good quality German fully articulated wood and composition body with mostly original finish in overall good condition. She wears a nicely made 1910-style pale green dress with lace trim and pink silk ribbon bows, white suede side-button boots and antique undergarments , and an old blond curly wig which is quite dry so could be human hair or at least a good quality old synthetic one…………SOLD. 

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 Absolutely adorable 12” ( 31cm ) character baby most likely all original and doubly marked revealing the obvious connection between the German firm of Baehr and Proeschild ( the maker ) and the American firm of George Borgfeldt ( the designer and copyright holder ) and thus incised “ G.B.& Co. “ and “ B.P. with crossed swords logo 620- 3 “. She has brown glass sleep eyes, multistroke brows and tiny upper and lower lashes, an open slightly smiling mouth with two upper teeth, and is on the original good quality composition baby body with excellent original patina. She still has her original brown mohair bobbed wig and wears and good quality antique long cotton and lace baby dress, and an elaborate cap with pink ribbon bows. A great doll in a desirable size!……………………………………..US$ 165. 

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 25” (64cm ) German bisque socket head attributed to Karl Hartmann with incised logo on back of head “ 30.5 H k4 “ with brown glass sleep eyes. Well painted lashes and elaborate enameled three dimensional brows, open mouth with six upper teeth, double chin, and strung to the original German fully jointed wood and composition body ( repainted ). She is dressed in a well made 1910-style red, white, and blue linen mariner-type costume, a very nice antique brown human hair wig with side part and newer black leather shoes. One may be surprised at the identifying makings because at first glance one might assume she is a Kestner as her facial modeling has very similar characteristics…SOLD

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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$ 165.

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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$ 425.

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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$ 135.

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 Cute 21 ½” ( 55cm ) child with head incised “ Heubach.Koppelsdorf 312 SUR {in a circle } Germany “ with brown glass sleep eyes, painted uppr and lower lashes as well as silk uppers, an open mouth with four upper teeth, and mounted to the original fully jointed wood and composition body with mostly original finish ( any well done repaint mostly on lower legs. She wears all very nice antique clothing made of white cotton gauze and lace with elaborate undergarments and antique pale blue canvas shoes, a heart shaped pendant necklace and a new but elaborately styled blond mohair wig. The “ SUR “ marking is not found that frequently and although not identical to the facial features found on dolls marked “ Revalo “ by Ohlhaver there is a slight resemblance.…………………..SOLD. 

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 19 ½” ( 49cm ) child attributed to Cuno & Otto Dressel with a horizontal diamond-shaped cutout in back of head over the incised marking of “ Germany C “. This wide-eyed girl has blue glass sleep eyes, well painted lashes and enameled multi-stroke brows, an open mouth with four upper teeth, and is on the original good quality German fully jointed wood and composition body with overall good original patina. She wears a well made light cream wool dress with lace and braid trim and antique cotton underclothing, an antique auburn mohair wig with center part, cotton stockings and newer good quality black leather shoes. The bonnet with pink silk ribbon ties is made of similar fabrics and style of the dress…………………………SOLD. 

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 17” ( 44cm ) Armand Marseille character baby with somewhat more lifelike and appealing intelligent expression with deep dimples in cheeks and chin and incised “ Germany A. 985 M. 6 “. He has large “ owl-like “ eye cuts containing blue glass sleep eyes surrounded by well painted lashes and multistroke “ fly away “ brows. The mouth is open with two upper teeth and has a separately modeled tongue. The five- piece bent limb boy is original with mostly original finish other than some old paint touchup on arms and hands. The wig is bobbed antique light brown mohair and has been well re-costumed in a 1910-style pale blue velveteen romper suit with embroided trim white wide collar and sleeves with a similar cloth belt at the waistline which buttons and unbuttons in back of torso.……………………………SOLD. 

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 15” ( 38cm ) baby attributed to Hertel and Schwab and incised “ 152 7 “ with vey pale smooth bisque, blue glass sleep eyes, upper and lower tiny lashes, multistroke “ flyaway “ brows, and an open mouth with separately molded tongue tip affixed to lower lip, a protruding upper lip with four molded teeth on top. The bent limb composition body is original with overall good original finish throughout. He/she has been well costumes in a blue based cotton print romper suit with blue lace trimmed bonnet that ties under the chin. Blond wig is human hair but newer than the doll……………………………..US$ 145. 

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Very rare 14” ( 35cm ) long, 12” ( 31cm ) head circumference flange neck bisque head character infant doll and incised in back with the name of the designer “ ARTHUR GERLING “. He/she has blue glass sleep eyes a protruding chin and closed mouth with tightly pursed lips, and is what collectors refer to as a “ breather “ ( actual open holes in nostrils ). The cloth body is of almost identical style and form to that found on a Bye-lo baby with “ frog legs “ and celluloid hands. Unfortunately the doll is missing one finger on one hand and four on the other but any period celluloid hands will do as replacements including actual Bye-lo hands if necessary. There is a speck of color loss on nose tip but is not a chip. The clothing is period typical white cotton gauzy long dress with lace edging and underneath is a cotton diaper. A rare doll despite the need for some “ finger-work”!…………US$ 135. 

 

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