GERMAN BISQUE II

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Rare 21” ( 53cm ) early open mouth German bisque socket head doll incised “11 979 “ attributed by most to Simon & Halbig although neither the open mouth nor the closed mouth models of this particular mold number are actually fully marked “ S&H “. She is mounted to the original “Sonneberg”-_type German wood and composition fully articulated body bearing mostly original finish. This 1890s era doll has an elongated narrow face with fixed blue glass eyes, well- painted lashes and brows, and an open mouth with two square upper teeth and one on bottom strategically positioned in the very bottom center of the two uppers, a common and desirable feature of the earlier open mouth S&H dolls. The facial feature highlights are a deep dimple in center of chin, a larger than average nose in length but not width, and well modeled ears and pierced lobes. She is well costumed in a one -piece blue knee-length antique linen dress which is trimmed at neck, waist and sleeves in a very dark blue velvet, a beautiful antique dark blond wig with side part, antique undergarments and socks, old beige canvas shoes, a lovely fur muff suspended from her neck, and a wicker bonnet with elevated brim in front. A hard doll to find and a must for dedicated collectors of S&H dolls who would ideally desire to own “one of every mold number” …………………………………US$ 875.

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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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