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Charming 19” ( 48cm ) closed mouth German doll with pensive expression, incised “ 13 “ on back of head, attributed by many to JDK Kestner circa 1890, but as not specifically marked as such leaves the designation in the “ matter of opinion “ category. That said she has a very thick bisque head with rim in the opening, brown glass sleep eyes, well painted tiny lashes and thick multi-stroke brows, and although the mouth is technically closed, there is a definite white molded space between the lightly highlighted coral lips. The fully articulated German wood and composition body is uniquely “transitional” as it is somewhat chubby and stocky, has separate loose wooden balls at elbow, shoulder, and hip joints, yet the knee balls are attached to the remainder of the lower legs. Contrary to what one might assume, there are joints at the wrist as well with uniquely modeled hands that perfectly align with the body style. Patina is mostly original with some typical age wear in places. Her blond mohair wig is antique as are the two- toned brown leather shoes, as are all her many layers of underclothing and the simple, but period, white cotton gauze outer dress with a cutwork white cotton separate collar that buttons in back of the neck. Also included is an antique straw hat with cloth flowers. A very nice doll and at a most moderate price considering age, quality, and desirability!………………………..US$ 1,350. 

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An exceptionally pretty doll, 26” ( 66cm )tall, incised in back of head “ S&H 1249 DEP Germany 2 “. Although not specifically incised with the word “ SANTA “ the 1249 is the mold number associated with and is always present when a “SANTA “ is indeed found. Obviously the “ SANTA “ logo was a registered trademark either by a specific retailer or a secondary producer lacking their own porcelain production but when presented alongside one another one marked “ SANTA “ and one without the name appear identical as to facial modeling and decorating techniques ( as well as the number 1249 ).This model has blue glass sleep eyes, well painted lashes and modeled furrowed and enameled eyebrows, an open smiling mouth with highlight dot in center lower lip, and six upper teeth. The German fully articulated wood and composition body is original with original finish in overall good condition. She wears a thin cotton print dress with lace trim, antique underwear and two-toned leather shoes, a nice vintage honey colored human hair wig with long curls and bangs, and an antique straw hat with pink silk ribbon band tied into a bow. A classic doll from Simon & Halbig, just on the demarcation line of classification between “ character “ and “ dolly face” styles………………………………………… .. US$ 1,350. 

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Sweet unusual and apparently earlier Simon & Halbig mold that does not turn up very often. This little gem ( 15, 37cm ) is incised “ 1269 Germany HALBIG S&H 6 ½ “ and has blue glass sleep eyes, well painted lashes and raised and enameled brown eyebrows, an open mouth with four upper teeth. She has a unique smirk of a smile unlike others we have noticed on S&H models allowing for a unique and identifiable presence. As is sometimes the case with the earlier and smaller S&H’s, she is on a “ Sonneberg “-type composition and wood body with straight wrists that has a higher percentage of wood than those of the slightly later models; is in good condition with overall good original patina. The wig is of short bobbed blond mohair ( much like many found on smaller 143 Kestners ). Clothing is all antique as are the leather shoes and the straw hat with silk ribbons and cloth flowers. Something a little different for someone who has a lot of S&Hs but looking for something “ a little different”!…………..US$ 695. 

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Completely original and straight out of the home of the family of the original owner is the lovely Kestner child doll with head incised “ G made in Germany 11 129 “, standing at 18” ( 46cm ). She has brown glass sleep eyes, tiny lashes and thick muti-stroke brows, an open mouth with hint of a smil,e and four upper teeth. The fully jointed wood and composition is complete with original patina and bears a red stamp on small of back torso that actually says “ Kestner “, and although nice to see, is not typical as usually if marked, will say “ made in Germany”, “Excelsior “, or a series of numbers and rarely “Kestner “. The origial blond mohair wig has bangs and is glued to the original plaster pate which has yet to be removed. The white cotton outer dress is typical 1900-1910 era as are all the cotton undergarments and flannel half- slip underneath. Socks are black cotton knit and shoes are brown leather with an unknown stamped logo on the soles. The hat is typical straw with a silk ribbon. If shipped, we will need to remove the plaster pate to stuff the head cavity as it is unsafe to ship in its current ( and original ) condition…………..SOLD.

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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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 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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 Knowledge of dolls would make one assume that this 8” ( 20cm ) doll was probably made by Simon & Halbig and indeed it most likely was, however, most likely, they were subtracted by the design/patent owner as incised on back of head “ C HARTMANN Germany 3/0” and then the incised trademark “ Globe Baby “! She has brown glass sleep eyes, an open moth with four upper teeth and is on the original five-piece composition body with chubby lower legs with molded and painted long black ribbed stockings and brown two-ankle strap shoes with separate low heels. She has her original long blond mohair wig covered by an antique white gauze mop cap and has been lovingly redressed by a prior owner in custard yellow 1910-style costume with lace trim throughout and, a chartreuse ribbon sash ribbon at the waist. A hard-to-find doll in very nice condition with great appeal!………….US$ 295. 

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 Very nice and exceptionally pretty 8” ( 20cm ) Simon & Halbig 1079 with smiling open mouth with four tiny upper teeth, blue glass sleep eyes, and mounted on the original five-piece composition body with straight writs and molded and painted orange shoes with low heels and ribbed black stockings. She wears all original cotton, velvet, and linen clothing , an original blond mohair wig with center part and long braids tied with red ribbons and a well-coordinated white cap with extensions descending down and over both shoulders. The outfit is not necessarily representing a geographic region but more so perhaps the daughter of a farmer going about her daily chores…………………………………………..US$ 225. 

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Classic Grace Storey Putnam “ Bye-Lo “ Baby ,signed on the head near the neck socket and stamped in red on the front of the cloth torso. Body is original with celluloid hands and the typical “ frog -legged “ shape of the feet turned inward at the knees. He/she has blue glass sleep eyes, molded and painted hair, and is 13” (33cm ) long with an 11” ( 28cm ) head circumference measured just above the ears. Clothing, including crocheted bib with “ BABY “ is original; this doll has been just acquired recently from the family of the original owner in Philadelphia and new to the market. His knee-length booties were crocheted by the original owner with loving care………………………………………………US$ 195. 

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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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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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 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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