GERMAN CHARACTERS

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A very hard to find doll, especially presented as a toddler, is this 19”( 49cm ) young child incised “ K*&R SIMON & HALBIG 118/A 46 “ , with blue glass sleep eyes, and open smiling mouth with two teeth on top, chubby cheeks with very pronounced dimples in center of chin and also in lower cheeks , well painted lashes and multi-stroke lashes. The K&R toddler body is fully articulated and bears all original excellent painted finish and of course has the diagonal slanted hip joints. The short curly wig with side part is the original blond mohair one. The costume is a simple period pale greenish- blue cotton print dress with tiny lace trimmed collar and has a separate long belt that ties around her waist as a sash forming a large tied bow in the back. The felt shoes are vintage but not antique although the pink and white silk bonnet is of the age of the doll. One finds many 115’s and 116’s, but the 118’s and 119’s are incredibly scarce indeed!…..US$ 1,450. 

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 Hard to find 14 ½” ( 37cm ) Armand Marseille toddler incised “ 230 Fany A.3.M. “ and also somewhat uniquely diagonally incised “ D.R.G.M “ on back left of neck. This doll marked “230 “ has the exact same facial modeling of the “231 “ ( both marked “Fany “) but this one has molded and painted head and hair as well has deep three dimensional ridges and forelock curls of top of forehead making him obviously only a boy whereas the 231 with cut head and wig could be of either gender even though one almost all 231s we have observed have been dressed and portrayed as girls. The 230 boy has the exact same designed toddler body as the 231 being short and girthy but always with straight wrists and hip joints without the diagonal joints. This body has good original patina with some ships on tips of both pinkies, and on the lower front of the torso the original paper retailer’s label of “ Au Nain Blue PARIS “ where he was obviously originally sold more than 100 years ago. He wears a simple gauze one piece original undergarment , a one piece gauze and lace trimmed and red paneled romper suit, and nice antique white leather shoes impressed “3” on the cardboard soles. As one can observe from the photos there is some extra coloring in the center seam of the head running from ear to ear, much the same as there can be some darkening and extra paint color in the side seams of any bisque doll, but this is not a damage or a crack, just a slight opening in the seam allowing the color of the painting of the head appear a bit more pronounced. Also apparent are two slight round holes in the “ flat spot “ on the back top of head and in the very center in back of the head near the markings; again, these are “ in the making “ and not a damage. A possible explanation might be that the doll was originally strung with a wire as is sometimes found on dolls of this period. A rare doll is a “ small, but not too small” example…………………………………………………US$ 2,250. 

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 Delightful and happy J D Kestner toddler circa 1914- 1920, 21 ½” ( 55cm ) tall, with head incised ” made in Germany J.D.K. 260 Germany _ 58 “, having huge blue glass sleep eyes, an open mouth with four upper teeth, a molded double chin, and well painted lashes and multi-stroke “ flyaway “ brows. She is mounted to the original fully articulated German wood and composition toddler body with diagonally joined hip sockets. The body is quite chubby and in overall good condition with some minor repaint on some fingers. The brassy blond mohair wig with curls is original and is secured in place on one side by a large pink silk ribbon bow. The costume consists of an antique heavy cotton print plaid dress with drop waist and silk sash, loads of layers of white cotton undergarments, as well as a two- layer white cotton and lace collar. Completing the costume is a large white cotton, lace and straw bonnet that ties under the chin. Her white oilcloth shoes are old but not as old as the doll. The “260 “ models were sold as babies, toddlers, and child dolls with the very smallest ones sometimes on the “ five piece toddler” ones with the “ starfish hands “, so nice to find this large fully jointed toddler example as they are the most difficult to locate. ………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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