GERMAN CHARACTERS II

 

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Rarely found German character in much larger than average size ( 21” , 54 cm ) is this closed mouth child incised “ Armand Marseille Germany 400 A.5.M. “ with blue-grey glass sleep eyes, painted upper lashes as well as the original silk upper eyelashes, a pensive expression with chubby cheeks and well-modeled double chin, mounted to the original German fully articulated wood and composition body with mostly original finish, ( some typical light paint touchup on a few fingers ). She wears an elaborately constructed costume, all of antique materials, with a colorful multicolored silk skirt , sleeves and high neckline with V-shaped front panel made of dark velvet, edged in burgundy silk trim and large round brass decorative buttons as well as a leaf-shaped brooch reading “ Minnie “. The underclothing, teal knit socks, black canvas shoes, and dark brown velvet decorated hat, as well as the brown side parted mohair wig, are all antique and of the period of the doll. Open mouth “ dolly face “ Armand Marseilles are indeed plentiful but their characters dolls are not and for the most part are equated at a favorable level among their same-age counterparts from other contemporary doll making firms………………………………………………………………………….US$ 1,975. 

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 Charming 16 ½” ( 42 cm) tinted bisque socket head incised “ 6969 Germany “ made by Gebruder Heubach , circa 1910- 1914, with small pale blue glass sleep eyes, full lipped pouty closed mouth, on the original German fully jointed wood and composition body with good original patina, and stamped on back torso with a red “ Holz-Masse” logo. She wears an antique blond bobbed mohair wig, a 1910-style dropped waist dress made of all antique fabrics, with pink silk ribbon insertions, and a burgundy silk sash at waistband. The cotton socks are antique as are the lovely blank canvas and pink leather shoes, antique undergarments, and a simple but old straw hat. A lovely example at a desirable size offered at a reasonable price of just……………………………… …US$1,795. 

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Wonderful model of the Kammer and Reinhardt ” Mein Liebling “, 25” tall, with head incised ” K&*R Simon & Halbig 117 66 “ with brown glass sleep eyes, closed mouth, painted upper and lower lashes, multi-stroke eyebrows, on the original fully jointed chunky wood and composition body with overall excellent original patina.. She wears her original blond mohair curly wig with a yellow silk ribbon tied on one curl , an antique pink cotton dress with a well coordinated straw hat  with pink bows, circa 1910, antique undergarments, antique white leather shoes and pink  stockings.  The bisque quality is very good with nice even coloring with a softly painted mouth. A beautiful example at a reasonable US$ 3,450. 

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11 “ ( 28 cm ) Gebruder Heubach closed mouth pouty boy with head incised “ 6970 Germany  1″ and having blue glass sleep eyes, dimple in chin, and a determined look on his face. He is on the original good quality fully articulated body with original patina and stamped in red with the recognized “ Holz_Masse” logo. The blond mohair wig with side part is original and the costume is an antique two piece boy’s suit with matching dark jacket and knee length trousers, a white linen shirt, black tie, and cotton print ribbon scarf with an antique blue velvet cap with red trim. The shoes are antique camel colored leather with buckles tied with pink ribbon laces and the knee length cotton ribbed stockings are almost the exact color of the shoes. A sweet doll in a size easy to store and at a price hopefully to purchase without “breaking the bank“…….US$ 895.

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Appealing and desirable size ( 10 .”, 26 cm ) pair of closed mouth German character children by Gebruder Heubach, both incised “ 1 Germany Heubach ( in the ‘fan “ logo ) “ with the boy also bearing an incised mold number of “ 7246 ”. Although the girl lacks the mold number it is obvious that the two are of the same mold. Both have pale blue glass sleep eyes, closed mouths with fully pouty lips, are on similar fully jointed wood and composition jointed bodies, and are dressed in gender-appropriate coordinated regional costumes with similar black felt shoes, mohair wigs, and wicker caps with cloth flowers. Both are all original and in overall condition other some typical age wear to the fragile hats and some wear to the boy’s wig. Hard to find as a “ brother and sister “ pair and are being sold as such since it is most likely they have always been together since their date of manufacture ( circa 1910- 1914 ). ………………………………………….US$ 1,250 (the pair) 

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Inspired by 1910-era Illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, we have the realistically portrayed model by JD Kestner & Co. with incised markings on back of neck “ 172 5 “ on this uniquely designed closed mouth bisque shoulder head with elongated neck, slight forwardly jutting chin, brown glass sleep eyes, tiny upper and lower painted lashes, single stroke moon-shaped brows, firmly mounted to the narrow waist white leather body, again especially designed for only this doll, with joints at shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees, with well modeled and tinted delicate bisque forearms. She is attired in an antique brown human side parted wig over plaster pate ( pate no longer permanently affixed to head ) and a floor length two piece dress of translucent fine floral printed silk edged throughout with fine black lace with additional white lace on blouse and sleeves. The Edwardian-style bonnet is also made of all antique silk and lace fabrics with black canvas shoes old but not of the same period of the doll. At 19 ½” ( 49 cm ) one of the larger models to be frequently found………………………………………………….US$ 975. 

 

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