GERMAN CHARACTERS

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Nowadays it is common for people to say they were mistaken or misunderstood as something was “taken out of context”. This may or can sometimes be true whether it be legitimate or simply to smooth over a misstatement or falsehood in a diplomatic or somewhat deceptive manner. This can also be the case whether referring to “ textuality “ as to whether something was simply heard by voice, or if in written form. Case in point; if one speaks to a fellow knowledgeable doll collector/dealer and says “ I am so happy; I think I have the world’s biggest Fany!!”, they would know exactly what you were talking about and most likely would share your sense of elation with you ( or perhaps be extremely jealous !). Proving that indeed “ Context is Everything “ if the same person were to speak the same phrase to anyone else without similar knowledge/interest they might sense you were the indeed “ maybe a bit eccentric, even a little off “ , or at best had evolved and come to grips to the point where “ body shaming “ is an unacceptable thing of the past and he/she is “ having no more of that !”. Moving on.

We are thrilled to offer this exceptional doll, both of a quality and stature. Never have we had an example this grand, but until purchasing her we were unaware that one of this size had even been made with one about 22 inches the largest one previously seen by us. She stands 25” ( 64cm ) and is incised on back of head “ Fany ( is signature-style script ) 230 D.R.G.M.248/1. A. 11 M. “ , and features clothed pouty mouth with dimples and double chin, blue glass sleep eyes, big stuck out ears, multi-stroke brows and tiny upper and lower lashes, and mounted to the Original fully jointed wood and composition Toddler Body with straight wrists with mostly original good patina ( two finger tips with tiny chips ). This particular style of toddler body is believed to have been utilized only for the 230 and 231 ( molded hair “Fany”s ) as it is short and fat in typical toddler proportion but does not have the diagonal hip joint found on most, if not all, the other jointed toddler bodies of this era. She wears a full antique slightly auburn period mohair wig with side part and silk ribbon bow, antique underclothing , a period white cotton and cutwork dress with high collar and puffy overlay sleeves, white knit socks and antique white leather side button boots with leather soles and slight raised heel in back. It is rare to say ( especially being when feeling confident to even say so ) that this may be the “ chance of a lifetime “ to buy an example of a Fany such as this, but in roughly 40 years of selling antique dolls we do not recall seeing another similar, and definitely have not had the honor of having one for sale…………………………… US$ 6,450. 

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 Although the character dolls by Kammer and Reinhardt referred to as “ Gretchen “ are not extremely difficult to find, “ when one finds an exceptional one “ it is worth considering and taking advantage when the opportunity arises (!). This 18” ( 46cm ) example is incised “ K*&R 114 46 “ and has exceptional facial modeling and painting giving it that true and desired “ pouty “ expression for which she is so well known and coveted. With blue painted eyes, full upper lip, full cheeks and dimple in chin, she displays a unique expression of self-assuredness yet with a touch of vulnerability at the same time. Her facial coloring is almost unblemished and although like most dolls of this type she has a few light typical wig- pulls near crown opening they are fully concealed with wig in place. The fully articulated wood and composition German body is original with mostly original patina with a minimal degree of age wear. The wig is original antique full blond mohair with left side part ad is costumed in a lovely period silk print dress with lace collar and sleeves. Underwear is antique as are the pale blue knit stocking and white leather shoes with pompoms. An excellent example at a reasonable price considering her exceptional qualities………………….US$ 2,950. 

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Very nice glass eyed Kestner character with Glass Eyes, incised “ 179 “ with two molded upper teeth within the open/closed expression , brown glass sleep eyes, tiny painted upper and lower lashes and multistroke blondish eyebrows, on the period marked Kestner body with original finish stamped in red “ Germany 0 ½”. Dressed in a sailor suit consisting of white linen bib-type knee length trousers which reach up and fasten separately above each shoulder, a blue and white V-shaped inner collar, an indigo blue jacket with brass buttons, white stitching on wide collar with wide lapels and similar stitching at sleeve ends, long white cotton stockings and somewhat newer but nicely made white leather side-button boots. The antique bluish-purple mariner’s cap also has stitching and brass star adornments. The wig is antique wispy blond mohair over plaster pate ( has been detached so easy to stuff head when and if shipped ). A nice cabinet size, 15” (38cm) – not too big nor too small. If this were at one time ever in a Kestner Character “ Boxed Set “ it would have been in the intermediary size with the smallest one with dolls about 12” and the largest about 18”. A very nice character with the much harder to find glass sleep eyes!……………….US$ 1,850. 

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 Adorable 11 ½” (29cm ) Gebruder Heubach character with head incised in back “ 6970 1 Germany “ and body stamped in red on upper back torso with the desirable ( and correct ) Holz Masse Registered logo. This bisque socket head is one of the pinkish pre-colored type with closed pouty mouth, dimple in chin, pale blue glass sleep eyes in narrow cut sockets, with painted upper and lower lashes and multistroke brows. The fully jointed wood and composition bears the original finish in very good condition. The black wool flannel two- piece suit with six brass buttons on both side of the jacket, white cotton sleeveless shirt, red felt vest with brass buttons, and cotton print scarf are all original, the side parted blond mohair wig antique if not indeed original. The teal velvet cap, brown leather shoes, and rust colored knee length stockings are also at least of the period if not original. All in excellent condition with only one tiny speck of kiln dust in center chin dimple. …………….US$695. 

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 Rare larger size ( 13”, 33cm ) darker complexion child painted bisque socket head character incised “ Heubach Koppelsdorf 432- 8b Germany “ with light brown skin tones and red painted lips, black molded and painted short hair with deep comb marks/ridges and just covering the top of the ears, on the original five-piece composition toddler body with diagonal hip joining with realistically modeled legs with dimples in knees and wearing a simple, but original, red and white striped cotton romper suit with belt as well as original leather sandals. The brown glass eyes still sleep and condition of the painted bisque head very good with perhaps one light thin spot on right cheek near the corner of the mouth. One can ascribe whatever ethnicity one chooses as depending on how originally costumed can be though of as a “ Gypsy “, an East Indian or South Asian or South Seas Islander, but this one is just dressed as a “ little girl “ so in theory she could be “all or none “of the above………US$ 375. 

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