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Nelling, Inc.

F a s h i o n   D o l l s

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  Original Jumeau Fashion

Here is a French fashion (18") that, if a doll could be comfort food, she would be it!  Everything about her is so satisfying, starting with her friendly face with eggshell white bisque, delicate, pale decoration of features, cobalt blue enamel eyes, original mohair wig of swirling blond locks, and swivel neck on bisque shoulder plate.  Her gusseted leather body is bright, clean and sturdy, with some patching to the right forearm, lower elbow and wrist.
Her original, two piece suit of cafe latte silk with fine black stripes and trim is a delight to display in your fashion doll cabinet.  The warm appealing tone of the dress is combined with an antique black silk chapeau, adorned with lavender flowers.  Continuing with the perfectly fitting undergarments with semi-matching trim are also probably original, as are her high quality, Huret-type, black leather boots with leather insets for ease and comfort.

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Francois Gaultier in her Finery

In this recently acquired collection, it is clear that the long time collector was attracted to lovely faces, such as this 16" F.G. young lady in her original, two piece wedding gown that, without its elaborate head dress and demure veil, could creatively be accessorized to wear to the ball.  She has a crystal blue gaze from her large enamel eyes, softly detailed facial decoration and shading, pierced ears and an older, medium blond mohair wig with long curls spilling from a soft up-do.
Her super pale bisque swivel head and shoulder plate match her jointed bisque arms having hands with detailed fingers and nails.  Her gusseted leather body is strong and clean.  The satin folds and tucks of her ivory skirt with long train are accented with flower petal-like silk trim showing up around her collar, down her jacket and also on her gorgeous head dress.  Also note her long trained petticoat and separate, bustle of matching pleated, linen-like fabric.  Currently looking for some shoes to wear on her silk-stockinged feet.

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Jumeau Fashion in Lavender

Young Portrait Face

Wearing her lavender wool walking suit was expertly made long ago of antique fabrics and trims, with accents of deep iris on both her garment and continued to her floral trimmed chapeau, here stands a confident, young-faced Jumeau portrait fashion. She has deep blue paperweight eyes, pale, smooth bisque, and an antique auburn mohair wig in a smart up-do.
Her bisque head that swivels on her bisque shoulder plate is on her original, sturdy leather body that has separately stitched fingers and is in beautiful condition.  Of special note are her antique crocheted stockings with garters at the knees, and her antique undergarments that include a special half slip that has its own built in bustle for that accentuated silhouette of the time.

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Francois Gaultier Fashion

Grand, Exhibition Size

What an impression this grand F.G. fashion lady makes with her dramatic height of 26" and her antique, black silk mourning suit that is embellished with midnight blue, pleated velvet trim and delicate black lace (lace is fragile).  Her grey-blue enamel irises, encircled in black are accented with her softly shaded eyelids, pale decoration of brows, lush lashes, and heart-shaped, rose colored smile with darker rose accent lines.
She has her antique, plentiful mohair wig, a swivel neck on bisque shoulder plate and her all leather body has gusseting at the elbows, hips and knees with separately stitched fingers and toes (Some slouching of legs).  There is some minor patching at the gusset joint of her right knee.  Judging from the crisp, pleated organdy double slip with matching pantaloons and chemise, combines with her fine and perfectly fitting mourning suit having repeated pleating detail, it is very safe to say this doll is all factory, if not originally dressed.  The voluminous antique chapeau she wears is adorned with black and white feathers.

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Grand Jumeau Fashion Lady

  This rare Jumeau face comes up once in a while, being a variation of the portrait face, and usually in a larger size, or exhibition doll.  A beautiful specimen indeed, at 25", with blue paperweight, almond shaped eyes, lightly brushed lashes and brows, a regal, long nose, pierced ears, a hint of a smile, and softly rouged cheeks.  Her original, honey blond mohair wig is lavishly styled, but in a gentle, feminine way adorned with yellow antique flowers.
  Her pale, eggshell-like bisque swivel head and shoulder plate are mounted on her original, gusseted leather body that is firm, clean and straight with separately stitched fingers and toes.  Her antique, two-piece gown of gold silk brocade "fits her like a glove" and has probably been hers from the beginning, with antique undergarments of cotton and deluxe, long gold silk stockings that are a work of art themselves.  Her ivory leather slippers are marked reproductions of Jumeau footwear.

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Early French China Fashion

Hints of Huret and Rohmer

It is not easy to distinguish, but so easy to attribute this enchanting doll to the era and artistry of the Huret and Rohmer firms.  Her head and shoulder plate that do not swivel, have the unmistakable feel of these dolls, with the wide and watery, painted blue, almond shaped eyes, palest glazed complexion, delicate decoration and blush, and very detailed and shaded ears.  Her short, skin wig is original as is her cork pate.
Her sturdy and clean, gusseted leather fashion body is well preserved, with just a few holes that have been reinforced as seen in the photos.  Barely worth mentioning.  Her two piece, 1860 antique prairie dress of pale floral patterned cotton is lovely on her,  as is her dainty antique cotton and lace bonnet.  She is also shown on the Early Page due to her transitional importance to that genre.

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Barrois Fortune Teller Fashion

  Under her skirt hang a hundred antique paper fortunes in French, written in black fountain pen, and giving this early fashion an extra level of intrigue.  She is 17" tall, has blue enamel eyes, a super pale bisque shoulder head on a gusseted leather body, and long, antique human hair wig. The painting of her features on her ivory bisque is made more dramatic against her vividly colorful costume.
The surface of her violet silk dress has melted in all the right places to reveal a crimson under layer and the black trim found on her collar and bodice is accented with jet glass beads.  Along the front edge of her black lace veil are attached several gold toned coins and more coins are found inside her already coin-adorned tote bag.  She holds an antique tambourine with her right hand, and also hanging in a metallic lace pouch is a tiny crystal ball.  She predicts that your doll future will be bright if she can live in your doll cabinet.

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Barrois Lady

With Wardrobe in Trunk

Modeling her fully antique wardrobe is this early Barrois lady with everything we love about a fashion doll...cobalt blue enamel eyes, early plump, molded face, swivel head on bisque shoulder plate, her original,long and full mohair wig, a fully jointed, leather-covered wood body with bisque lower arms, and a trunk full of versatile, genuine clothing and some accessories. (Her ears are pierced but the original plaster in the head blocks the earring holes.  She also has a small cheek rub on the right side.)
Her most dramatic ensemble is a three-piece outfit in purple silk and velvet, trimmed in black lace and ribbon that will take her to the opera or any grand evening event.  For daytime walks in the park with her bisque spaniel, she can wear her wool, red and black checked skirt and jacket.  A dark brown wool walking suit looks warm and comfortable, especially when worn with a dark silk cape with royal blue wool lining peeking out.
A downtown shopping spree calls for a light wool taupe, buttoned jacket over a matching, voluminous bustled skirt with dramatic train.  And for at home, a comfortable, cream cotton dress with tiny black floral trim is shown as she stands next to her trunk and belongings.  Along with hats, a red leather handbag, some jewelry and bone opera glasses, she has a cozy antique quilt in her French trunk (tray missing from trunk) that she fits in as well!

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Delightful F.G. Young Lady


with Original Wardrobe

Modeling most of her genuine antique wardrobe in these photos is a fresh-faced Gaultier fashion in a sweet, smaller size along with her antique trunk.  It could be her original trunk however that is not easy to determine as are the clothes are unquestionably hers in their fit, feel and style.  There is an additional cotton print dress and other pieces that are not photographed.
, She has pale blue eyes and well defined decoration of features along with her pale bisque, delicate shading, original blond mohair wig and pierced ears.  Her swivel head on bisque shoulder plate is mounted on her original, well preserved kid leather body with gusseted joints and separated fingers.  Her fashion show features a casual and comfortable blue and white plaid linen A-line day dress, a grey-blue silk suit and matching cape with royal blue silk trim (several fragile areas), plus a red wool provincial dress with a black silk apron, all trimmed with black lace.
Another dressy number is her warm brown silk suit trimmed in faded aqua, pleated silk that is repeated under the brim of her grand, matching chapeau.  After that is a simple blue cotton print suit that has a twin garment in brown included in the wardrobe. Accessories included are wooden clogs with red accents, black leather slippers and an added pair of royal blue leather pumps, cotton undergarments and some extra hats.  The trunk has a tray with fabric supports to organize and separate all her belongings.

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Barrois Fashion

with Trunk and Extras

What a powerful statement is made by this larger, early Barrois fashion with the haunting face of a poetic muse. She exudes a calm confidence with her palest, pure bisque, cobalt blue, almond-shaped enamel eyes, long, slender nose, and light rose-stained closed mouth with a content semi-smile.  She has pierced ear holes, but it is difficult to insert earrings so they remain empty for now.
Her simple, blond mohair wig is pulled back into a loose braid and secured with a tiny metal barrette.  Her swivel head and shoulderplate are mounted on a superb, gusseted leather body which is very sturdy and clean. In her linen-covered, wooden trunk with attached enforcements of wooden slats  is a small wardrobe for a short weekend trip.
  One suit is a luscious light plum wool, with ruffled trim on the skirt and jacket edges on on the cuffs.  The purple velvet, extreme chapeau is trimmed in gold metallic trim.  A second wool suit is a gray/mauve number with plum ribbon trim, and with it she is shown wearing her real fur stole and cap. And a third outfit is a combination of a ruffled, muslin blouse, a linen navy skirt and an olive green velvet cape with applied, crocheted lace for accent.
 She decided to bring a well-worn cotton beret with dark ribbon trim and some ice skates (just in case!), in addition to her button up, merlot leather boots and smart, metal and shell pocket book that has compartments galore!  Also seen is her bedroom commode porcelain set with pitcher and bowl, ring box, soap dish plus bar of soap, and and additional lidded container for toiletries.  And of course,  metal mirror, a real bristle brush and fine tooth comb.

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,  Rohmer China Fashion

There is something so sweet about the disposition of the early fashions, with their youthful look and genuine simplicity.  This rings true for this 16 3/4" china Rohmer young lady who has a noticeably friendly expression with blue painted eyes, softly appointed brows and lashes, slightly smiling lips and lightly rouged cheeks.  It seems her plush skin wig has never been removed as the edges and widow's peak are so clean and untouched looking. Her head and shoulder plate are stationary and the pearly white china is repeated on her arms and lower legs.
, The modeling of her toes and fingers are realistically detailed and for added articulation, her china arms and lower legs are attached with wood joints at the shoulders and knees.  The leather body is very firm and in excellent condition and on her chest is her Rohmer oval stamp.  The two holes below her waist used to have cords attached that could be used to draw up the legs, but those are long gone.  At each thigh there are leather reinforcements in a color similar to the rest of the original surface of the body.
, Her very smart winter outfit is an all antique ensemble of a white pleated blouse, a woven wool skirt of black and cream with red trim accents, and a luxurious red wool coat with elongated back.  Added to her was a wooly cream beret with red velvet around the crown and an antique ermine  fur muff on a chord.  All underclothing is antique as are the brown leather button up boots (worn).

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Gaultier Young Fashion

10 1/2"
Simply Original

In her original chemise of crisp, starched organdy, this fine little creature can display as she came out of the factory, or she can be the foundation of an acquired trousseau.  Made by F.G. she has clear blue enamel eyes, crimson painted lips, pierced ears and her original, wavy blond mohair wig.  Her body is all leather and in wonderful condition with gussets at the elbows and knees.  For accents, she wears antique earrings and a crucifix on a coral bead necklace, with silk hair ribbons to match.

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Jumeau Portrait Fashion

Grand Size

A Jumeau portrait fashion is always a visual treat with its more adult look and fine detailing of facial features, but in this grand size, she takes on a special importance, almost like a statue to be studied in a museum. The ultra pale bisque makes an angelic palate for her spiral blue enamel eyes, her elongated nose, outlined lips and soft strokes of color for her lashes and brows.  She even has applied ears that are pierced.
She has a long, antique blond mohair wig and a swivel neck on a bisque shoulder plate and her body is all of gusseted kid leather with jointing at the shoulders and hips.  Both arms have patching that must have restored some wear and tear, but the body overall is strong and sturdy.  Her white cotton, muslin and lace dress is simple like an "at-home" dress of her late 1860's-1870 era and her undergarments are just as charming, with a white corset ties in the back.

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Jumeau Young Fashion

Exotic Coloring

, The distinctly tanned bisque coloring combined with her brilliant blue enamel eyes give this youthful Jumeau fashion a very exotic look.  Combined with her rosy cheeks and loosely coiffed, antique auburn mohair wig, we have a truly interesting and unusual beauty. She has a swivel neck on bisque should plate and pierced ears.
Her leather body, typical of these diminutive fashion dolls, is only jointed at the shoulders, and while somewhat soiled from the ages, the hips and legs are sturdy and firm.  Her cream silk suit is antique, and has ornate gathers to the skirt and train, and the matching jacket has an overlay of cream lace.  Her antique cream leather shoes are very delicate, her undergarments are also antique and the only thing added is her vintage, flirty silk hat.

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