GERMAN CHARACTERS II

 

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Whimsical boy known as ” Whistling Jim ” having a bisque head with flange neck, molded and painted hair and facial features with blue intaglio eyes, a mouth with pursed  lips with slight opening in the center, and mounted to a cloth torso with cloth legs joined at hips diagonally like found on a toddler body, and cloth arms jointed at the shoulders with composition forearms. there is a bellow hidden in the belly of the torso and when pressed it makes a distinct whistling sound, hence the name. He has a period one piece cotton outfit, white cotton socks and antique white paper shoes, and comes with an addition brass whistle in the event he becomes fatigued. This example is a much larger    ( 13″ , 33 cm ) than normally found and his head is incised of the back of the neck ” 4 HEUBACH (in a square) “. Great doll/toy of good quality in a rare larger size! US$ SOLD

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Always popular Kammer and Reinhardt character ” Gretchen “, this attractive example is incised ” K&*R 114 46 “, stands 18″ ( 46 cm ) tall, an is on the original fully articulated pink German wood and composition body with original finish. She has molded and painted facial features, blue eyes, the distinctive ” pouty ” expression with full lips and wishful expression. The costume is an attractive white cotton ribbed two piece outfit with pale blue trim and white braid applications in a 1910 era quasi-mariner style. The wig is antique blond mohair with bangs, and the shoes are two-tone brown and black antique canvas impressed ” 4 ” on the cardboard soles. The cream sailor cap is probably not quite as old as the doll but nevertheless attractive and well-coordinated to the costume. Like most K&R painted eyed characters she has typical wig pulls but they are entirely concealed with wig in place and do not distract from her lovely appearance and superlative facial modeling. US$ 2,950

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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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Often collectors can tend to automatically dismiss a doll when they hear it is an ” AM ” but the quality of this doll ( as are many other of those AM characters who bear no model identifying numbers ) shows that misconception is often not warranted and AM characters can be some of the most appealing and equal to many of those from the more  highly rated  competitor manufacturers. This attractive doll is  incised                     ” Germany 550 A.4.M DRGM “ and has brown glass sleep eyes,  closed smiling mouth with dimples in cheeks and ( double ) chin, is on a good quality fully articulated German wood and composition body with original patina, and wears an antique white cotton and lace 1910 era dress, an antique bonnet with wire frame, antique shoes, and an antique blond mohair wig. In addition, she has a red competition ribbon from 1987 at the well-respected DCA ( Doll Collectors of America ) competition and Convention. US$ SOLD.

 

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