GERMAN CHARACTERS

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Delightful 15” ( 38cm ) Hertel and Schwab character googly toddler with a bisque socket head incised “ 173-5”. She has blue glass side glancing sleep eyes, tiny lashes and “ winged “ eyebrows, a tightly pursed lipped smiling closed mouth, smile lines and dimples, as well as a distinctive double chin. In this series of googlies the “173” and “172” models have identically molded facial features whereas the “173” has a cut head wearing a wig, however the “172” has a solid dome head with sculpted and painted hair and curls. This doll has a very nice German wood and composition toddler body with the typical diagonal hip joints, and chubby belly/midsection, most of the body with the original fine painted finish with perhaps a tiny bit of retouch on a few fingers only. She is attractively presented in a smokey rose pink printed cotton dress with a sash/belt tied around the waist bearing colorful silk flowers in front. The undergarments are antique as is the pale reddish-brown mohair wig with pink silk ribbon bow. Her shoes are black antique canvas, the striped cotton socks quite colorful. The woven wicker-type bonnet has an inserted maroon velvet ribbon running entirely around the border and is tied into a short bow in back. Although all the googlies from the Hertel and Schwab “ Jubilee” series are indeed very nice and desirable, the “173” model is available ever so more infrequently than the “165” examples with the so-called “ watermelon slice mouths”!………………………………………….SOLD.

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 Incredibly impressive and statuesque Armand Marseille character known as “ Fany “ in a previously unknown size measuring 25” ( 64cm ) tall, on the original German fully jointed wood and composition toddler body with straight wrists. Her head is incised “Fany 231 D.R.G.M. 248/1 A. 11 M. “ and features large blue glass sleep eyes, well painted lashes and eyebrows, an evenly painted glossy rosy complexion with full ,well modeled cheeks, closed mouth with lips slightly parted , protruding chin with deeply modeled vertical indentations below the corners of the lips, and three dimensional depressions all around the eyes and upper cheeks. She is on the original chubby body which was designed uniquely for all versions of “ Fany “, both wigged and solid dome, and can be easily identified as it has No Diagonal Hip Joining as is common with most other toddlers from all doll companies during this approximate 1914 era. This body has mostly original finish in overall good condition with only a few minor chips on a few fingertips. She wears a wonderful antique light auburn mohair wig with side part, a wide brimmed wicker hat, a white antique cotton dress with cutwork design, thread embroidered floral appliqued designs, large oversleeves and high collar with a pink silk ribbon bow at front just above the waist. Underwear and socks are antique as are the white leather side button boots with low attached heels. It is important to note that in a period of about 40 years buying and selling antique dolls we do not recall seeing another “ Fany “ in this remarkable large size!……………………………..SOLD.

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 Uncharacteristically large ( 19 ½”, 50cm ) , this coveted Armand Marseille character toddler is incised “ 231 Fany D.R.G.M. 248/1 A.5. M. “, has blue glass sleep eyes, big “ stuck- out “ ears, tiny lashes and multistroke brows, a closed pouty mouth, a turned up nose, and chubby cheeks with well modeled double chin, indentations on both sides of the mouth, and a slightly protruding upper lip. She is on the proper and uniquely modeled toddler body especially designed for and only found on these AM Fany children. Although they are “ toddler proportioned” ( somewhat short, squat, and chunky, ), they have straight wrists with separated fingers ( one pinky repaired ) and most importantly do NOT have diagonal hip joining as do most ( if not all ) other toddlers of this era. Finish is mostly original but does have some slight damage in the form of a missing piece of composition on the left upper leg near the top but does not affect the stringing capability and could be easily repaired, if desired, by any artist or “ doll doctor “. She wears a delightful and bright costume consisting of an antique blond curly wig, a white light organdy dotted-Swiss short dress with pink cotton “ onesy” underneath, white leather side button boots with pink socks, and a most impressive matching pink wooly snow hat with lace and fur trimmed overcoat with fasteners in front simulating fox or mink muzzles , stylish in the period of manufacture but would be considered inappropriate in today’s more critical times. A spectacular doll in unusual size at a very modest price of only……SOLD.

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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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 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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