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Mignonette with Jointed Elbows

Most probably from Sustrac in the late 1870's, this 4 3/4" French all bisque with bird-like fineness is a tiny treasure from head to toe. She has blue enamel eyes, pursed closed lips, and arched painted brows with dotted  lashes. Her swivel head is perched on her ultra slim body, having long legs, bare feet and slender arms that are jointed with detached balls at the elbows.  She is completely original, with a long, strawberry blond mohair wig and cream silk, lace trimmed frock and hat. She even retains her original silk ankle ties that serve as her shoes, better to display her dainty bare feet. Her left foot has been expertly repaired, almost invisibly.

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Black all Bisque Mignonette

Although the standard 5" height of a French all bisque mignonette, the black complexioned girl's long and slim proportions give her the illusion of more height. She has beautifully sculpted arms, legs, straight hands and bare feet and a kid-lined swivel neck.  Her warm brown glass eyes complement her dark coffee-toned bisque and her full lips, nose, prominent cheeks and original, tightly curled mohair wig are true to her ethnic inspiration.
Her French frock of white cotton pique-like fabric in an A-lined silhouette has hand crocheted trim and rests over simple cotton undergarments.  Her bare ankles and feet are wrapped with turquoi,se silk ribbons that match those in her abundant ebony hair.  A rich and graceful little gem, possibly from the Sustrac firm.

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Jointed Elbow Mignonette

5 1/2"
Original Presentation

Still in her original factory presentation box and elaborate costume,  this is the ultimate French mignonette from the House of Sustrac.  Her jointed elbows already set her apart, however her loveliness continues with her original silk
A-line frock and chapeau with matching turquoise ribbon trim, original lace-trimmed undergarments, silk ribbon ankle ties, and long blond mohair wig.
Her eggshell white, early bisque body with swivel neck and jointing at the hips, shoulders and elbows has the graceful, elongated limbs and detailed hands and feet that the French mignonettes are famous for.  She has never been  undressed, but it is safe to say that she has the "BTE" mark incised on her middle back that is typical of the Sustrac all bisques of this type. Her pale complexioned face is accented with cobalt enamel eyes, healthy rose blush, and pert little ruby colored, closed lips.  Her original box with jade green edging has some wear especially at one corner and overall discoloration from 140 years of protecting the tiny treasure inside.

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All-Bisque Bye-Lo Baby in the Nursery

It's nearly nap time for this 4" Grace Putnam all bisque Bye-Lo Baby who is resting in her antique, fabric and ribbon covered rocking cradle and bedding that may be original to her.  She has painted blue eyes, a stationery neck, and is jointed at the shoulders and hips, having blue molded and painted shoes with white stockings.  She even has her original chest sticker.
Her starched, organdy gown and matching bonnet also seem original to her, as well as her cream wool, long knit booties.  She is already developing a wardrobe, as she comes with an extra pink wool bonnet and matching leotards which can be worn with her undergarments and diaper for a change of clothing.

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Rare Kestner Multi-Jointed 111 Cutie

Extra jointing is always fun, especially with an irresistible face like this Kestner 111 googlie has!  The side-glancing, set blue glass eyes and watermelon mouth invite you to play and pose her versatile body that has jointing not only at the shoulders and hips, but also the elbows and knees.  Molded brown Mary Janes and white molded socks with blue garters adorn her dancing feet, and an antique blond mohair wig tops her head.  The right eye has a tiny piece of bisque missing that looks like the factory missed it and proceeded to keep decorating the lashes.  She wears a quirky red and white checkered dress and black velvet cap with a Scottish flavor.

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