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Cuno and Otto Dressel Lady

14"
COD 1469

 SOLD

Embodying an era of extreme change in fashion, we have the Post Edwardian fashion doll by Cuno and Otto Dressel with the mold number 1469, similar to the version by Simon Halbig of the same time. The new silhouette bid farewell to corsets and drawn-in waists and a more relaxed and comfortable look took root, to be even more streamlined with the flapper era yet to come in the 1920's. This modern young lady as blue glass sleep eyes, a closed mouth, rouged cheeks and even-toned bisque. She wears what looks to be her original wig of medium brown mohair, tied back in a loose semi-bun.

The biggest change to dolls of this era was the style of body which represented a slim, shapely female in composition, jointed at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees with gracefully posed hands (right index finger repaired).Her antique, high waisted shift dress in a soft silk in muted green tones accentuates her elongated style, punctuated by a high profile, feather accented hat and she wears seamed nylon stockings and antique, pointed pumps of black leather. The smart parasol in recovered, peach antique silk is for sale separately.  Please ask for details!

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Carl Bergner Multi-Face Doll

$1,250.
Life brings many moods, even for a small child, so to accommodate the swing of life's daily atmosphere comes this Carl Bergner character doll with three rotating faces.  There is the content grin of the smiling face, the agitated grimace and molded falling tears of the crying face, and relief achieved with the peaceful sleeping face.  The head can be turned by just pushing the face around gently, as the original turning knob on top of the head is not so easy to use.
The smiling and crying face have blue glass inset eyes, while the sleeping face has eyes closed under the resting eyelids.  The shoulder plate is of paper mache or composition and it has cracks on the surface but it is not fragile.  The jointed arms and legs are also of composition with the torso and upper thighs being of a stuffed, heavy muslin when two pull strings that say "mama" still work very well.  The peachy pink dress and matching frilly bonnet are made of antique materials, with the undergarments, stockings and leather shoes all antique.  17" overall from the top of the head casing to the feet.

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Simon Halbig 1329

14 1/2"
Asian Beauty

  ON LAYAWAY
Exuding a special grace and tranquility, here is one of Simon Halbig's molds that portrays the Asian face with the  molding of her eye cuts, the painting of her features and the slightly warm, olive tone of her flawless bisque.  She has brown glass sleep eyes, an open mouth with teeth, soft shading on her cheeks and pierce ears.  Her original, black human hair wig is braided and pinned into an elaborate, high rolled bun and adorned with Spring cherry blossums.
Her fully jointed composition German body is marked "Germany" on the back lower hip and it too has a soft, golden tone to it, just like the bisque, to mimic the Asian complexion.  The top section of her right arm has wear at the elbow joint. Her sateen Japanese tunic with matching pants is a clear water turquoise and around her shoulders is an accent scarf achieved by adding a band of delicate antique ribbon with a soft. floral motif.  Her shoes are antique simple slippers of red oil cloth.

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Simon Halbig 949 with Closed Mouth      The Judy McDonald Collection

$1,150.
Definitely made for the French market doll trade, this Simon Halbig 949 child (13 3/4") does not fail to impress.  She has intense, blue glass eyes, a closed mouth with pouty, rouged cheeks, lushly painted lashes and brows, pierced ears and an abundant, blond mohair antique wig. She is like that child you know that has those unmistakable, rich molding of features and expression found on this 900 series of Simon Halbig dolls.
Continuing with her French persona, she has a fully jointed, French type body with straight wrists, similar to the body you would find on a Jumeau doll of her time.  Her costume, made of antique lace and fabrics, is bound to get attention at the party with it's opulent design and matching, fancy brimmed, flower adorned chapeau.

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Kammer and Reinhardt 121 Toddler in Large Size

$685. 
The adorable 121 character from Kammer and Reinhardt (24") takes on a huge presence when found in a nice, large size like this, with her blue glass set eyes, open mouth with teeth and tongue inside and what looks like the original mohair wig of sprigs of light brown mohair curls.  The bisque is faultless except for a few faint rubs on the rosy cheeks.
Her body, with original finish and the usual wear at joints, fingers and toes, is of a lovely, large composition toddler with fully jointed limbs and the slanted hip joints.  Layers of muslin and cotton with rows of lace ruffles makes for an impressively dressed child, not to mention the lush, frilly cotton bonnet and antique leather Mary Jane shoes.  Little Steiff furry friend with button in ear goes with her.

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Simon Halbig 1159 Lady for French Market

$2,050.
A splendid example (20") of the well-loved Simon Halbig lady depicting a woman of the highly energetic period of around 1900, when social roles and rights were starting to go through some important changes.  She emotes confidence with her statuesque posture and the sparkle in her blue glass sleep eyes with real hair eyelashes, open mouth about to speak, her pale, luminescent bisque and her original wig of freely tousled and pinned, blond mohair. 
Having a shapely, fully jointed composition body, she takes it further with the fact that it is a marked Jumeau body, telling us she was specially marketed through the French trade. From her antique, multi-layer undergarments out to her bouncy one-piece dress of cotton and inserted lace that puffs outward at the shoulders and arms and hemline, she is a delight.  A frilly cotton and lace bonnet repeats the effect.

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Kammer & Reinhardt "Marie"

13 1/2"
The Judy McDonald Collection

$1,975.
So nice to find a K*R "Marie" 101 character mold in its fully original presentation like this one.  She has blue painted eyes, soft shading of her cheeks and lovely shaped closed lips with bisque molding that is sharp and looks "first out of the mold".  The wears her original, sandy brown mohair wig in braided pig tails that are wrapped into side buns.
Her fully jointed composition body is in excellent condition with original finish and has jointed wrists.  This is how she has been dressed since she first left the factory, in her original outfit from a region in Germany that includes a crisp, white cotton blouse, navy blue wool skirt, a red wool vest that sports six gold-toned buttons on the front panel and a  wool apron in coordinating vibrant stripes.  Her original floral neck scarf has some tears, her German leather shoes are antique as are her undergarments.  From the long-loved collection of  Judy McDonald.

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Heubach 6970 Character      The Judy McDonald Collection

$1,495.
Gebruder Heubach's talent for creating countless dolls with character faces was even more special due to the fact that they all differed in both extreme and subtle ways, each supplying new little child to become acquainted with.  This wise little 6970 (13 1/2") has soft blue glass sleep eyes, short strokes of warm brown brows, a closed mouth, an original looking, human hair wig of coiled braids, and warmly toned, smooth bisque for a special cozy presence.
Her fully jointed German composition body is quite nice, has strong and stout child proportions, and it bears the red ink Holtz Maas stamp on the top right shoulder blade.  Heubach dolls are know to come on a multitude of body types and levels of quality so it is great to come upon this character on such a top grade body.  Her heavy cotton antique frock with a red trimmed belt and embroidery is so perfect on her and she has antique undergarments and antique luggage color leather shoes.  From the long-loved collection of  Judy McDonald.

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Heubach 7247 Character       The Judy McDonald Collection

$1,450.
The 7247 Gebruder Heubach character (13") has somewhat of a "dreamy" look about her with her  gentle blue glass sleep eyes set in almond-shaped sockets that are relaxed in expression, soft brown brow strokes, a closed mouth with accent line and petal pale bisque having gently rouged cheeks.  She wears a lightest ash blond mohair wig that is a replacement, making her what we sometimes call a "towhead".
Her fully jointed German composition body is of very high quality with very little wear.  She seems to want to dance in her antique, pink and white tiny print frock with full skirt and an starched organza pinafore with eyelet detail.  On her head is a flower-adorned, older straw bonnet, her undergarments all antique and her shoes are vintage, cream fabric with ribbon ankle ties.  From the long-loved collection of  Judy McDonald.

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Kestner 172

20"
Gibson Girl

$1950.
The Kestner "Gibson Girl" mold 172 appears again with her Turn of the Century attitude and confident pose.  Her pale bisque shoulder head has an angular face that is tilted up, just like the ladies in the drawings of Charles Dana Gibson during that time.  She has blue glass sleep eyes, a closed mouth that wants to give its opinion at any moment, and her original brunette mohair wig in the famoud Gibson up-do.
Her fine, rivet jointed leather body, a standard of Kestner is in excellent condition with lower arms of bisque and joints at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.  Her satin party dress is made of antique fabrics and trim, and her cotton undergarments a quite deluxe with pantaloons, an opulent half-slip and a camisole padded in just the right places.

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Simon Halbig Early Boy and Girl

$1975. for the pair
A delightful pair of early Simon Halbig bisque dolls (9 1/2") with molded blond hair, glass eyes, very pale complexion with soft shading and decoration, bisque lower arms and linen bodies that are jointed at the shoulders, hips and knees.  Both in regional costumes of Germany, the girl has brown glass eyes and the boy's eyes are a vibrant cobalt blue.  The girl wears her elaborate head dress, the costumes are mostly bright and in good condition, however the back of the girl's purple skirt has faded considerably and there are vertical slits on the left side of the skirt. 

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