GERMAN BISQUE II

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 Very unusual baby with huge expressive blue glass sleep eyes, incised “ Porzellanfabrik Burggrub 169 5 Germany “ . 22” ( 56cm ) with well painted lashes and brows, an open mouth with upturned upper lip and two separate upper teeth, chubby cheeks and double chin with deep dimple in its center, and mounted to the original five piece composition with mostly good original finish ( some old paint refreshment to hands ). Although the body is not freestanding with flat feet, thus eliminating the assignment of toddler body status, the arms and legs are not nearly as curved as the typical baby body. The apparently original wig is tightly curled strawberry blond human hair with pink bows. The costume is of a pink floral print satiny dress at knee length , with a similar cream jacket with embroidered time to waist length, white cotton undergarments, and white cotton socks and cloth booties. For reference, this company also made the “ Princess Elizabeth “ model with five piece toddler body circa 1930, the period of which this doll also appears to represent and bears a recognizable resemblance in style to her more famous cousin of the same era………..…….US$ 245. 

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Near mint and most likely all original 20” Kestner character baby incised “ made in Germany J.D.K.257 ‘” on back top and center of head with a smaller duplicate “ made in Germany 51 “ at the back base of the head. She is on her five piece bent limb composition body in pristine condition, wears a short brown antique mohair wig over composition pate, ornate leather baby shoes with blue silk ribbon ties, and a pale blue organdy short dress with matching bonnet, both trimmed in delicate tiny lace, and white organdy underclothing. The round eye cuts highlight glass sleep eyes, the tiny painted upper and lower lashes and the multistroke brows. The mouth is open with two upper teeth and a separate red tongue occupies the remainder of the mouth cavity. The doll is now at last 100 years old but appears as though it could have been made yesterday!………………..US$350.

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14” ( 35cm ) German bisque socket head baby with all molded and painted facial features including the rarer brown painted eyes, an open/closed mouth , superior modeling with realistic dimples and creases and incised on back of neck only “11” ( the head size number ). It has all the characteristics of a JDK ( Kestner ) including a correlation with the Kestner sizing factor, but at same time Hertel and Schwab made a similar baby which often had the mold number “142” when executed with sleep eyes and a wig but their “ solid dome “ model also usually lacked any mold number. That as it may, we would lean towards this being a Kestner but because so similar in style ( and quality ) we cannot guarantee manufacturing source with 100% certainty. The bent limb composition baby body is in good condition overall with most of patina original and also more “ Kestner-like” in that the arms are formed with one hand more outstretched and the other more turned inward ( one fingertip chipped ). Clothing is a simple long white cotton baby gown with white linen undergarment…..US$ 225.

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14” Bisque socket head German baby with all molded and painted head and facial features, this one with blue eyes, open/closed mouth, great modeling and decoration throughout and mounted to the original five piece bent limb body with good original finish with right arm further outstretched than the left. He/she wears an antique white cotton and lace trimmed long baby gown and a homemade woolen diaper underneath. This 14” ( 35cm ) has an incised “11” in back of neck and although could be either Kestner or Hertel and Schwab one’s observation leans toward Kestner manufacture but final determination relies on the buyer to decide for him/herself and regardless of that decision the price is commensurate with either…………US$ 225.

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Somewhat different 19’ ( 49cm ) German character baby incised “ A.B.G. 1352 22” with large blue glass sleep eyes in big round eye cut sockets, painted upper and lower lashes as well as thick upper silk lashes, multistroke “ flyaway “ painted brows, chubby face with double chin, open mouth with four upper teeth a separate tongue, and mounted to the original five piece composition body which appears to be closer to a toddler body than a baby one with feet almost flat and definitely lacking the severe leg curve typical of a well defined baby body. Finish excellent with no obvious repaint or repair. The clothing consists of an old white cotton and lace baby dress and blue and white crocheted sweater-shawl, blue crocheted booties and matching hat with tassel. Wig is old curly dark brown human hair but not as old as the doll. A happy character sure to bring a smile on a gloomy day!………………………………………….US$225.

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Most unusual Japanese bisque head character baby of fine detail and resembling somewhat of a mixture of a French SFBJ and a German BP ( Baehr and Proschild ) and incised “ 18 NIPPON “ and also a logo with and “ HS”-type interconnected logo within an oval. He has blue glass sleep eyes, an open smiling mouth with two upper teeth, and is on the original composition five -piece baby body and well dressed as a young mariner and wearing an antique light brown mohair wig. He is 20” ( 51cm ) tall. Nippon and Morimura Brothers dolls are often dismissed by collectors as often they used actual molds, or used German heads, to reproduce in real time the French and German bisque head dolls of the early 20th Century thus not differentiating in design so it is all the more interesting that they would actually create a unique face even if perhaps borrowing style of others all the while not actually making an direct reproduction of the original. Even while all the other French, German, and American doll makers of the era had patents/copyrights to their products, the Japanese makers in the day were loathe to abide by them and felt it more profitable just to steal the designs outright!………………………………………….US$ 195.

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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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 Although only 19” ( 49cm ) in length, he/she gives the impression of being much larger due to the circumference ( 16”, 41cm) of the solid dome bisque head with molded and painted hair. The head is incised at back neck socket “ A.M. GERMANY 351 7/K “ and has an open mouth with two lower teeth, blue glass eyes which are not opening and closing at this time but not having we removed the head we are not sure if they have been reset or stuffed from below at the neck socket. Regardless all the better for possible shipping. The body is heavy composition with bent arms and legs and joined at shoulders and hips. These babies also have a uniquely molded hand construct with four of the fingers of right hand formed into a partial fist- finish original other than a little old touchup on the left hand. Clothing is a simple white cotton baby dress with white gauze bonnet with tiny lace and green ribbon insertion trim. Oh, and did we mention in addition to girth he/she weighs quite a bit as well!………………………………………US$ 235. 

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 Although not expensive nor at first glance necessarily remarkable, this 19” ( 49cm ) character baby/young child is definitely one that does not surface frequently. She is made by the William Gobel Company ( also, the makers of the better know Hummel figures ) and has a large incised mark on back of head with the logo of a crown overlapping an even larger “ W” and a “G” and also “ B. 5 8 1/2 Germany “ . She has brown glass sleep eyes in oversized sockets giving her a “ wide-eyed starey “ expression, an open mouth with two upper teeth, multistroke “ flyaway “ brows, and painted upper and lower lashes. The five- piece composition body with slight curves at elbows and knees has excellent original finish. The brown bobbed mohair wig with silk ribbon bow is full and original , the pink cotton and lace trimmed dress certainly period if indeed not original. Underneath is a white cotton “ onesie “- the white knit socks and black patent leather shoes later than the doll. Something a bit different with a charming and eager look…………….. US$ 185. 

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 Sweet 11” ( 28cm ) Kammer and Reinhard so-called “ Kaiser Baby “ with head incised “ K*&R 28 “ with all realistically modeled and painted hair and facial features and mounted on the original composition five piece bent limb body and wearing all original period cloth and gauze baby gown. This model is from the very earliest portrayal of this now famous baby doll as you may have notice that despite having little of any difference in the modeling, it is not incised with the “ 100 “ mold number. It was thought to be the first trial production of the German “ character doll “ and was marketed originally as just “ Baby “. Shortly to follow K&R in coordination with Baby’s designer Arthur Lewin-Funcke started to experiment and then begin manufacturing and selling other “ character children “ , most slightly older/more mature ones, so with the addition of the Marie, Hans, Gretchen, Hans, etc. other numeric mold numbers were needed to specify a face with a number so at that time “ Baby “ was most likely assigned the mold number “100” ( as such maybe retroactively ) so that his face too could be recognized to whole-sellers and retailers with more precision. Although this “ numberless “ model is no better or worse with those bearing the “ 100 “ number it adds an additional historical perspective to the never ending learning process of our shared business/collecting interests!………..US$ 195. 

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 Very nice 26” ( 66cm ) character baby by Bruno Schmidt, difficult to find in this grand size. He/she has brown glass sleep eyes, open mouth with separate tongue and two upper teeth, well painted lashes and multi-stroke “ winged” eyebrows and mounted to the original five piece baby body with straighter than normal legs, yet still with a slight bend at the knee so not yet a toddler. The head is incised “ 14 BSW ( with a heart ) 2097-6 “. He/she is dressed in an antique white cotton and lace dress, old flannel side button booties, and an old human hair wig ( not as old as the doll) and a silky baby bonnet A rare opportunity to find such a large BSW baby at a modest price of………………………….US$ 295. 

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Diminutive ( 9”, 22cm ) bisque socket head baby with brown glass sleep eyes, open mouth with teeth and deep dimples in cheeks, incised Heubach Koppelsdorf 300 Germany. He is on the five piece composition baby body-, and wears the original brown mohair wig. He needs clothing but the price reflects that reality and is offered at only……….US$ 65. 

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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$ 125. 

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Although not a rare doll still not lacking in appeal, 11”( 28cm ) tall on a five piece composition baby body with head incised “ Heubach 300 8/0 Koppelsdorf Germany “. The blue glass sleep eyes are in good working order, the lashes and brows well painted and dimples in cheeks well modeled. The mouth is open with two upper teeth and tongue molded separately, and good quality composition baby body with original finish original. She wears an old thick auburn mohair wig with bangs, a pleated white cotton dress, and white cotton cap in sailor style……..US$ 65. 

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One of the more desirable and well executed AM baby models is well represented here with the incised head markings “ made in Germany Armand Marseille 560a A.0.M D.R.G.M 232/1 “ indicating a possible link to having an influence or tie to the George Borgfeldt firm of NYC, NY. The 13” ( 33cm ) young girl has an open smiling mouth with six upper slightly pointy teeth, well executed lashes and brows, and mounted to an excellent quality composition bent limb body with overall good finish. The antique bobbed blond mohair wig is thick of superb quality, and she wears appealing yellow organdy lace trimmed dress with well- coordinated bonnet and homemade knit booties. Her brown glass eyes have been set in a stationary position and for that reason she is offered at a very reasonable price to allow later cost of resetting if so desired or inclined. ……………….. US$ 95. 

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