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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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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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Young Flapper Twins

Both of these girls are 8" tall, with pale bisque heads, blue glass sleep eyes, open mouths with teeth, ash blond original mohair, bobbed  wigs, and five-piece "flapper-type" bodies.  They are both dressed in their original rayon ribbon and lace, simple tutus and both share the luminous detail of unusual, silver painted legs and molded pumps.  The only thing differentiating them, other than unique charm, is that the wrap-around hair ribbons they wear have decorative broaches at the front, one in emerald green and one in sapphire blue.

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Early Bisque Child

Bald Head

 Quite an interesting little child that could be displayed with a variety of companions, such as small bisque dolls, fashions, or chinas.  She has a near-white, early bisque shoulder head with blue painted eyes, gently shaded cheeks, a closed mouth and a newer, ginger red mohair wig with tightly curled ringlets.
Her cloth body that can be displayed standing, also has an inverted derriere that allows for a secure seated position.  Her arms are stockinette fabric with just her hands are of a hard composition, and her feet are made up of actual stuffed, red leather boots.  Her one piece, midnight blue, A-line dress of wool is antique as are her cotton undergarments.  Covering her head is an antique, knit wool bonnet.

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