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Trio of Early Bisque Head Dolls

In Original Theater Costumes

$1,985.  for all  ON LAYAWAY

The curtain is up and on the stage are these three early bisque shoulder head characters (8) that are dressed in their original theatrical costumes. Possibly by Simon Halbig, the two gentlemen have molded facial hair, painted blue eyes, mohair wigs and colorful original costumes in the style of the 1600's. The damsel also has blue painted eyes and her mohair wig collected into a high bouffant and her original 1600's costume has a dramatic red cape with long train that is trimmed with metallic paper all around.

All three dolls have highly detailed original costumes with the metallic paper trims, colorful panels of fabric and applied buttons. One of the lady's buttons is missing.    The bodies are of cloth with the lower arms and lower legs in bisque, with both gentlemen having high boots of applied faux leather fabric and fancy, feathered felt hats. Interesting ly, each of the characters has a metal loop at the top of the head suggesting that they were used as puppets or ornaments. They are sold as a trio.  

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Carl Bergner Multi-Face Doll

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 949 with Closed Mouth      The Judy McDonald Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gibson Girl

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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Simon Halbig 1329

14 1/2"
Asian Beauty

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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