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Simon Halbig 1079

"Au Nain Bleu" Label

Offered from the Au Nain Bleu Boutique in Paris circa 1890, this sweet Simon Halbig 1079 wears her original costume of a Northern European region that bears the label from the renown store stitched under the skirt.  Her colorful outfit has layers of various fabrics including the deep blue velvet skirt, red woven apron and pleated, starched linen collar that encircles her shoulders, featuring festive metal trims and colorful ribbons.
She has blue sleep eyes, an open mouth with teeth, lovely pale bisque with subtle shading, pierced ears, and her original blond mohair wig in long double braids.  She is on  a fully jointed German composition body that has never been undressed since she was made and her costume was secured on at the factory.  So nice for a doll to retain her retail history from an era when dolls were not only playthings, but representations of many facets of life.

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Simon Halbig 1159

Shapely Lady

The appeal of the Edwardian era lady doll never seems to falter, one of them being the Simon Halbig 1159 who exemplifies the blossoming strength and conviction of women in society.  Her corseted silhouette is still stylish and feminine, but softer and simpler, paving the way for progressive changes in all facets of her daily life.
Her brown glass sleep eyes, open mouth with teeth, pale bisque and soft decoration are the basic features of so many Simon Halbig dolls, but this mold becomes an unusually lovely personna, made even more lovely with her upswept auburn mohair wig of wayward curls, around her slightly elongated and confident face.
Her shapely, fully jointed composition lady body bears the red ink stamp of Heinrich Handwerck, Germany, one of the many companies commissioned by Simon Halbig for various bodies used for their dolls.  Her antique, two piece cotton dress is from her period, and she has an attractive combination of undergarments worth displaying, including her corset, making its last stand in fashion history.  She has stocking with ruffled garters, antique heeled leather shoes, and a bold, velvet trimmed antique straw hat.  Definitly worth voting for!

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Kammer & Reinhardt 101


A superb example of K*R's 101 Marie with an allover look of warmth, due to her peach toned shading of cheeks and lips, her content expression with slightly side-glancing, blue painted eyes, and her sandy blond, original mohair wig in side pigtails.  The silk bows in her her are curiously mismatched, but one is an aged, faded version of the other which is sort of endearing, as if one of them remained stored away from the elements for 100 years.  She has a fully jointed composition and wood body in excellent condition and it bears the red Holtz Maas mark on the shoulderblade.  Antique whites, from pantaloons, slip and openwork trimmed dress make up her fresh ensemble, with antique leather shoes and stockings.

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Simon Halbig 1304 for "Au Nain Bleu"

With everything about this festive 12" doll being so French, he still lands on the German page due to his maker being Simon Halbig.  But since he is a total product for the French market, he is all French from then on!  The mold number 1304 itself is difficult to find and the whiteface bisque color makes him an enchanting rarity indeed.  He has brown glass eyes and a grinning closed mouth surrounded with folds of joyful character.
The theatrical flavor of Paris in the late 19th century is captured with his original clown costume of pale mustard yellow black silk, trimmed with a metallic fringe with a matching cap that is lined in French newspaper.  Beneath his bolero jacket is a label from the French store, "Au Nain Bleu", and his playful original wig is merely a little natural cotton carpet to cover his head, parted on the side, of course.  His body is a five-piece composition French body, probably made by Steiner, whose bodies were found on many fine Simon Halbig dolls for the French market. Stockings and slippers original, as well.

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Rare Kley and Hahn 525

Handsome and endearing molding are just the beginning with this sought after Kley and Hahn character boy, a 19" number 525.  He has pale blue painted eyes, encircled by lifelike molding, soft painting and shading of his pale bisque, a full, wide, closed mouth, with beautifully sculpted ears and brush stroked, light brown hair.  The expertise of the Kley and Hahn artists shines in this almost human child.
He has a superb, fully jointed body with jointed wrists, marked between the shoulder blades with the word "Germany" and it allows for all kinds of playtime poses.  His two-piece knit outfit with matching cap is most probably original, and he even has a cotton knit tee shirt and fine cotton bloomers.  His knit socks match his costume and even the ties of his leather shoes match the crocheted tie that secures his wide collar.  He lived at the Legacy Doll Museum in Billings, Montana.

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Rare Simon Halbig 150 Character

Produced at the same time, and seeming to be related to the rare Kammer and Reinhardt characters of the early 1900's, the very hard to find 150 mold (15") from Simon Halbig is surely an exciting acquisition.  The lifelike character of his facial molding and decoration is a testament to the German doll market reaching new and heightened stature in the production of superb dolls.  The decades of successfully adopting and producing wonderful French-type dolls reached their pivotal crest with the introcuction of these human-like, lovable children.
This boy in his completely original Scottish kilt, complete with fur covered sporran, fills every wish for genuine presentation and his coloring is part of the reason.  He glows with the rosy bisque color, blushed cheeks chilled by the cold air of Northern Scotland, closed full lips, and original red mohair wig of short, ginger curls.  His body had never seen the light of day since he was made, as it is permanently sewn around him, never to be removed for fear of unsettling his complete originality.  The black velvet and plaid wool of his Stewart tartan costume are in excellent condition and he even has a four legged Scotty companion by his side.

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  So Rare, Heubach Googly 310


Whether this rare character (14") is an accomplished addition to your googly collection, or if it is the only googly you ever own, it guarantees to supply a huge amount of happiness to the room.  Ernst Heubach mold 310 is very seldom found and it shares some endearing qualities to other googlies, while having a very special something all its own.  The longer you look, the more you see!

  Dressed as a boy of the Edwardian period, this guy has a stationaery shoulderhead with huge, brown glass, side-glancing eyes, a watermelon smile, peachy bisque and whimsical short stroke brows, along with a mohair bobbed wig of medium auburn brown.  The body is a high quality, riveted leather body with great, fluid, Kestner-like jointing and bisque lower arms and hands.  The vintage wool beret and antique, coordinating cotton separates create a fun outfit for playtime or the seaside.

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Super Rare Heubach "Singing Girl"


This gentle face with open/closed mouth, molded teeth, blue, side-glancing painted eyes, abundant molded curls in a molded pink hair ribbon is the Heubach 7851 shoulder head version of the "Singing Girl". The socket head of this mold bears the number 7764 however both numbers are difficult to find in reference or price books.  Both versions fetch extremely high prices when a listing can be found, so this girl is a nice opportunity!  Her leather body is in factory clean condition with riveted joints, stitched toes and  bisque hands with the left thumb being repaired.  Her underwear has that original feel and fit, as does her antique organdy dress with pastel stitched trim and well fitting, black leather shoes with ankle straps.

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