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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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 Exceptionally lovely 25 “ ( 64cm ) 1890s era Simon & Halbig closed mouth child with head incised “ S 14 ½” H 949 “ with beautiful blue glass set eyes with desirable” threading “ -technique, full pouty upper lip, deep dimple in chin, full cheeks, well painted lashes and multistroke full eyebrows, pierced earlobes, highlighted nostrils, and nice even facial coloring. As all these models tend to have a variety of style configurations it bears mention that this doll has a cut head with open crown. She is mounted to the original heavy German wood and composition with straight wrists in excellent condition with fine patina. The clothing consists of a pink and white high waist gingham dress , all antique undergarments, pale pink knit stockings, pale pink antique leather shoes with buckles and low heels, an olive velvet cape lined in pink silk, a silk pink bonnet with pink ribbons, and a wonderful antique blond mohair wig with bangs and long curls draping down in back. One of the prettiest we have seen for awhile in a size that is large enough to well portray her exceptional modeling, yet not be so big to be unmanageable!…………………………SOLD.

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21’ ( 52cm ) closed mouth German socket head doll with somewhat unusual expression with tradition cut head crown, fixed brown eyes, upper and lower lashes, thick multi-stroke brows, pierced earlobes, and broad face, double chin with dimple, and a determined expression with hint of a smile. She is marked in an uncharacteristic location, on the top of the inside rim ” 915 k 21 “, and reminds one of other dolls by ABG ( Alt, Beck, and Gottschalk ) or perhaps Gebruder Kuhnlenz with a slight resemblance to the French PD ( Petit and Dumoutier ) bebe. The early German wood and composition fully jointed body ( so-called “ Sonneberg”-type ) with straight wrists is original but with some typical age wear , a bit of crazing, and some well done old retouching of painted surface primarily on the legs. She is well attired in an antique brown human hair wig with left side part and long curls and a beige cotton dress with elaborate cream lace overlay and pale silk ribbon bow and sashes. The shoes are old black canvas and the socks crocheted. She could use a pair of knickers but otherwise is ready to be displayed……………………………………………………..RESERVED

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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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