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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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 Impressive 25” Simon & Halbig closed mouth doll with solid dome socket head strung to the original body through two stringing holes on front center top and incised ( very faintly ) “ S&H 939”. There is an addition number ( most likely the head size number ) that is so shallowly impressed one hesitates to definitively state what it might be. She has very strong facial features due to exquisite modeling with the highlights being the closed mouth with strong full lips and pouty upper, bulging big blue glass fixed eyes , and well defined ears with pierced earlobes. The original early German wood and composition body with straight wrists has eight separate ball joints and is extremely chubby, almost in toddler proportions and maintains mostly original patina other than perhaps an old light occasional retouching on a few fingers and forearms. The costume is antique fine fancy lace over a sheer silk base and a big silk bow at waist, a fancy silk and lace bonnet over a long antique honey human hair wig with bangs, and wonderful antique pale pink leather shoes with rosettes and knit socks. This is a superlative example of this harder to find model and offered modestly at …………….US$ 2,450.  

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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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One of the largest ( if not THE largest ) example is this 24 1/2” character baby from Kammer and Reinhardt and incised “ SIMON & HABIG K*&R 121 62 “ with blue glass sleep eyes, a smiling open mouth with two upper teeth, deep dimples in cheeks and chin, painted upper and lower lashes as well as multi-stroke eyebrows, and attached to the original German wood and composition five piece bent limb body with original finish but a few rough areas here and there and with the stringing somewhat loose from age. She has an antique auburn human hair wig with curly bangs, wears all antique baby clothing and bonnet ( some age stress and wear ) and nice felt booties with frail silk ribbon ties. A superior quality doll in a harder to find K&R mold number……………………………………………US$ 450. 

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 Lovely 24” ( 62cm ) German bisque character baby incised “ O made in Germany 19 Z J.D.K 226 Z “ with blue glass sleep eyes, open mouth with two upper teeth and separate tongue, nicely painted lashes and blond multistroke brows, and mounted to the original five piece bent limb composition body with relatively good patina. He/she has the original dark blond bobbed mohair wig attached to the majority of the remaining plaster pate ( detached so problem stuffing head for shipping ) and is well dressed in a period blue knit sweater and a silky one piece romper suit with an embroidered cat. He also has a homemade cotton diaper and pink crocheted booties. In addition, he retains a tighter woven blue knit cap with fringe tassel. The 226 does not turn up as frequently as the 211 mold so to locate one this size and in such good condition is indeed unusual these days…….RESERVED. 

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 21” ( 52cm ) German bisque character baby with molded and painted hair and incised at back neck socket “ made in Germany 16 J.D.K . “ and although bearing no specific mold number highly resembles the “211” mold which usually has a cut head with wig. The mouth is open with two separate upper teeth and a molded red tongue attached to lower lip. The brown glass eyes do not sleep but appear in their original setting as is often the case with the Kestner “solid- dome” babies. The five- piece bent limb baby body is in good solid condition but appears a bit more yellowish than usual so may have had a well done repaint a long time ago. Also, there is a bit of extra paint in the mold line in two places on the head seam which is not damage but happened in the making due to extra porousness in the mold itself. He/she has a white cotton silk baby dress with embroidery, a long blue crocheted sweater dress and matching hat, as well as blue and white knit booties….US$ 325. 

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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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