GERMAN BISQUE II

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 Charming tiny ( 10”, 25cm ) character baby incised “ PM 914 Germany “ with brown glass sleep eyes, smiling open mouth with two upper teeth, deep dimple in chin and in cheeks, on the original bent limb composition body in overall good condition with just some typical age wear. She still has her original good quality blond bobbed mohair wig, and period white gauzy cotton and lace trimmed long baby gown with is similarly styled bonnet……………..US$ 65. 

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  12 ½” ( 32cm ) character baby with head incised “ Germany 971 A.0.M.” with big blue glass sleep eyes with tiny lashes and “winged” eyebrows, a smiling wide open mouth with two upper teeth and deep dimples in both cheeks, and strung to the original bent limb composition body ( repainted and missing one thumb ). She is well attired in an attractive pink cotton gauze and dyed pink lace knee length dress with antique bonnet that ties under the chin, and a newer but nice blond bobbed human hair wig…………………………………………….…………..US$ 55. 

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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 mostly original finish. 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…………RESERVED

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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!…………………………………………SOLD

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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. ( Since this doll posted we found a hat that perfectly matches the rest of the costume so will be provided as well.) 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!…………………………………….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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 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!……………………………………..SOLD. 

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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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 14” ( 35cm ) baby incised “ Armand Marseille Germany 990 A.4.M. “ with open mouth and two upper teeth, brown glass sleep eyes, on original baby body in overall good condition ( some crazing, especially on legs, with one toenail chipped ). She has an antique brown bobbed wig and is appropriately redressed in an ankle length white cotton gauze baby dress in mostly antique fabrics and a simple similar cap. Even though she has both painted upper and lower lashes she has some additional thicker hair lashes on left lid only. These could be removed if desired or similar could be added to the other if the lack of uniformity becomes an issue for the prospective buyer. ……………………..SOLD.

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  Cute 14 ½” ( 36cm ) character baby with head incised “Armand Marseille Made in Germany 990 A.2 M. “ with smiling open mouth with two upper teeth, blue glass eyes that have been reset in a stationary position, well painted lashes and brows, and a deep dimple in center of chin. She is on the original curved limb baby body with mostly original finish ( pinky on right hand missing ) , wears a nice antique blond bobbed mohair wig , and an antique pink cotton knee length dress and well-coordinated bonnet. ………………………………………………..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$ 45. 

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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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 Petite 9” ( 23cm ) character baby incised “ P.M. 23 Germany 6/0 “ two upper teeth with blue glass sleep eyes, open mouth with two upper teeth, on the original bent limb baby body in overall good condition. She wears an antique blond mohair wig and a period white cotton gauze baby dress with silk ribbon ties with some evident age wear……………………SOLD.

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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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