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 Lovely faced “ Hilda “ baby by Kestner who needs “TLC”, 19” ( 49cm ) tall and incised at back neck socket “ gesch J.D.K. N 1070 made in 14 Germany “ . She has an open slightly smiling mouth with two separate upper teeth, brown fixed glass eyes, nice lashes and multistroke blond brows, and all molded and painted dark blond hair. The five piece composition baby body is original with fine original finish and she is well dressed in a pink and white satiny dress with skirt attached, a darker pink set of pants, crocheted booties, and a pinkish silky bonnet with lace trim and a silk bow to tie under the chin.. Unfortunately her head has been broken and glued back together in only what could be described as a “ less than professional “ manner, but nonetheless, all damages are hidden when bonnet in place and there is no damage or restoration to the facial area. As such and although not perfect she is still striking at a very reasonable price. RESERVED 

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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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Sweet and somewhat unusual smiling character baby 15” ( 38cm ) tall with back if head incised “ Germany G. 326 B. A 3 M D.R.G.M “ made by Armand Marseille and especially commissioned by George Borgfelt. He has brown glass sleep eyes, an open mouth with two separately molded teeth jutting upward from the lower lip, a separately molded red tongue filling the space between the lips, modeled and painted hair and well sculpted ears, and mounted to the original five-piece composition baby body with good original finish. He wears a white cotton shirt with wide lace-edged collar, a pale-yellow wool sweater, and nicely crocheted booties. A baby one does not see everyday and not to be easily dismissed as just another “ common A&M”!………………………………………….US$ 195. 

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18” ( 46cm ) character baby with head incised “ Heubach-Koppelsdorf 300 -3 “ with light blue glass sleep eyes, painted upper and lower lashes, smooth bisque with oily-rosy patina, an open mouth with two upper teeth and “ tremble-tongue“, and strung to the original composition five piece baby body with rosy smooth finish almost perfectly matching that of the bisque socket head. She wears an old honey colored human hair wig, a cotton print baby dress with mostly antique undergarments, and a dotted-Swiss white cotton bonnet and pink crocheted booties. Although not an especially rare mold number the doll has a lot of personality and appears to almost beam with happiness…………….…..US$ 165. 

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 18” ( 46cm ) tall German bisque socket head baby incised “ 152 LW & Co “ pertaining to Louis Wolf and Company with heads manufactures by Hertel Schwab. This extremely well modeled and expressive face has pale blue glass sleep eyes, an open mouth with separately molded bisque tongue and four upper teeth, deep dimples in cheeks, chin and along lower lip, as well as tiny painted lashes and multistroke “ winged “ eyebrows. The five- piece bent limb composition body has original fine patina with very little wear. He has his original full brown human hair bobbed wig and most likely original cream linen two piece suit with blue and white trim at knees bottom of sleeves and matching collar with a red embroidered anchor on jacket to give it that “ mariner “ theme look so popular in the circa 1910-1914 when he was manufactured……………SOLD. 

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Good quality 12 ½” ( 31cm ) bisque socket head baby made by Hertel and Schwab for Louis Wolf and Co. incised “ 152 LW&Co. 4” with pale blue glass sleep eyes, pale bisque with open mouth and two upper teeth and molded tongue tip, well painted lashes and “ flyaway “ eyebrows, on the original five piece bent limb body with original finish. He is dressed simply in antique cotton and lace trimmed baby dress and underwear, and a nice antique brown mohair wig over cardboard pate. A classic high good baby at a reasonable price.      …………………………SOLD

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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.