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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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Kestner Bru

The French firm of Bru inspired many other companies to issue their own version of a Bru bebe, Kestner of course being one of them.  With the genuine look of a Circle Dot Bru, this girl stands 15" tall with the palest, pure bisque, brown paperweight eyes, closed mouth with white space molded between the lips, gentle decoration of features, and an antique blond mohair wig.  She is just marked with a 0 at the back of the head.
She has a swivel neck on bisque shoulderplate with realistic molding on the chest, detailed molded ears, and nicely detailed bisque lower arms (one thumb tip off).  Her kid leather body also carries the characteristics of its Btu inspiration, with its half-circle cut hip seam, gusseted knees and elbows, and nicely detailed feet with stitched toes.  She wears silk dress made of old fabric and matching hat, with vintage stockings and white leather boots.

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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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Simon Halbig 1159 Lady

Standing a diminutive 13" tall, this usually larger doll from Simon Halbig with the lady body proves she can convey plenty of character in her smaller proportions.  Modeling the style of the early 1900's, a very important time for relaxed fashion, strong women, the changing world, she wears a two piece suit of crocheted lace, pleated silk trim, and with a softly bustled train.  Her oversized, dramatic Edwardian hat sits fashionably atop her original mohair Gibson inspired wig.
Her slim, teenage body with high jointed knees is also jointed at the hips on a slant, and at the shoulders, and she has quite a shapely figure.  Her left leg has a crack at the lower shin area.  On her feet are newer leather pumps and knit stockings, and she carries a handy, knitted shopping bag.

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