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Sonneberg Circle Dot Bru

The remarkable ability of the German doll makers to replicate the theatrical flavor of the French is so evident here with this 23" Circle dot Bru inspired German bebe.  She has pale, pale bisque as a palate for her huge, brown paperweight eyes, open-closed mouth with molded teeth, accentuated upper lip, heavy brows and flowing eyelashes, and she wears an extreme, long blond mohair antique tail wig with four extensions.  The crown of the head has a uniquely shaped cut with her original cardboard pate cut in the same pattern.
Her chunky, French type body is high quality with straight wrists and provides the perfect silhouette for her French, fuchsia silk party frock with luxurious pleating.  Her wire framed bonnet of lace and fuchsia silk is a simple but bold accessory, perfect to frame a face so full of character.  The Bru type dolls were made by several firms including Kestner, Kuhnlenz and Alt, Beck and Gottschalk, all of which seemed to be inspired mostly by the Circle Dot face.

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Simon Halbig 1079


The Alsatian region of France on the very northeastern tip is known for its headwear that is an oversized black bow, with black ribbons that stream down her back, along with her two blond mohair braids.  The signature black, red and white theme of the European folk costumes is evident and the ornamental bodice of her pinafore is quite ornate.  She is all original except for her shoes, has brown glass eyes, on open mouth with teeth, and a fully jointed composition body.  8 1/4" tall.

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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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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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