GERMAN BISQUE II

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Not to be ignored, overlooked, or underappreciated is this 13 ¾” ( 35cm ) German bisque child with open mouth, is this 1890s period child doll with thick bisque head and early heavier German wood and composition body, fully jointed with straight wrists, and somewhat slightly more elongated than the typical body found on this type of doll. Her smiling open mouth features the rare and highly coveted two square teeth on top. Her nose is somewhat pointed, the blue glass eyes open and close, and her eyes are framed by tiny upper and lower lashes and multistroke “ feathered “ eyebrows. On the back of her head is an indistinguishable mark ( perhaps a tiny “0” or “c” ) and no markings on the body which is in excellent original condition. The clothing is a lightweight pale blue cotton print dress with large lace trimmed low hanging collar. All underwear is antique as are the white socks, white canvas shoes, and a lovely silk ribbon adorned antique straw hat. The wig is full and lush antique brown mohair with side part which covers her original heavy plaster pate (detached so not a problem for shipping ). This could be a Kestner, or perhaps an ABG, but regardless of maker this is a quality doll and rarely found!……..SOLD.

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Adorable tiny ( 7 1/2”, 19cm ) Early Twentieth Century German doll by Gebruder Kuhnlenz incised on back of head in huge letters and the “ GK “ registered logo of an exaggerated sunburst and the numbers “ 44-17 “ and inside the logo also “ G=K”. She has an open mouth, blue glass stationary eyes ( original setting ), AND what makes her so special in addition to her diminutive size is that she is mounted to the original German fully articulated wood and composition with fine original patina. As most doll collectors are aware, the vast majority of dolls this size come on five- piece bodies, mostly with molded and painted shoes and socks and/or of crude construction. The clothing is also most charming as she has been costumed entirely in a very tightly crocheted pink and white one -piece dress with enclosed similar belt at waist and matching shoes. The wig is antique dark human hair with long bangs in front which is covered by well made cotton and lace bonnet with inserted pink ribbon. Only the longer ribbon dangling to tie under the chin appears to be somewhat newer than the rest of the clothing…………SOLD.

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Most unusual 13 ½” ( 34cm ) German bisque head character baby incised “ 971a A. 4. M. “ by Marseille but with rare head construction allowing for a “ bellows-type voice box “ to be inserted directly into the head cavity with a large circular cutout in back of head and two pieces cut out in front and back of top of head as well as four tiny round holes ( two in back and two in front of forehead) to allow for wires to be attached to secure the voice mechanism. Due to age and fossilization of the bellows it is no longer operable but physically still intact and unremovable. When functioning it probably made either a “crying “or a “mama-papa” utterance. Otherwise it appears at first glance as a “normal baby doll “ with blue glass eyes, and open mouth with two upper teeth on a bent limb composition body and simply dressed in antique clothing with crocheted booties and hat. The eyes do not, and never have slept as the bellows occupy all space inside the head cavity. A most novel doll and deceptively unique after careful examination!………..US$ 195

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 Charming classic Armand Marseille “ Rockabye Baby “ or, “ Open Mouth Dream Baby “ 11” ( 28cm) but the rarer of the two options in that it is a socket head on its uniquely designed five piece composition bent limb body with one open hand and the other a clenched fist. Body has original finish with minimal typical paint wear. The head is incised on back neck socket “ A.M. Germany 351 ./ 2/2K “ and has tiny blue glass sleep eyes, an open mouth with two small upper teeth, and molded and painted orangey-blond hair with curly forelock at top center. He wears a homemade two piece crocheted costume with buttons down center of upper portion. ……………………………………………………………US$ 95. 

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 Although obviously quite small ( 8”, 20cm long; 6’, 15cm head circumference ) and totally unmarked, still very charming even though we are unsure of exact maker or exact year of manufacture. She is very much a “ Bye-lo “-type but not a true grace Storey Putnam- authorized production. She does have the typical flange neck , but untypical painted eyes, an old muslin covered cloth body with nonfunctioning squeak box in torso, but also nontypical old composition hands. She wears a simple but well-made long baby gown of floral printed cotton. Although we cannot say who made her, she is definitely old and of the period of the original Bye-lo Baby ,-mid 1920s.Makes a nice accessory for a larger doll to hold as well as an unusual doll outright!……………..US$ 95. 

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 Adorable 10” ( 25cm ) baby incised “ P.M. 914 Germany 2/0 “ with blue glass eyes, open mouth with two upper teeth and separate tongue, painted upper and lower lashes, and strung to the original five piece composition bent limb body with mostly original finish ( stringing a bit loose and some minor finger damage on left hand ). She wears a very nice antique auburn mohair bobbed wig and some simple but antique white cotton and lace trimmed baby dress. …………………..US$ 65. 

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