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Simon Halbig 1358

Rich brown coloring of bisque, ethnic molded features and extra personality are the hallmarks of this loved Simon Halbig character child (13 1/2"), the 1358 mold.  She was warm brown sleep eyes, and open mouth with full lips and exposed teeth, her original and voluminous black mohair wig, pierced ears and a fully jointed composition body that nicely matches her bisque color (scuff to big toe of left foot).  Her original outfit of multi-layered cotton in whites and red is finished off by an apron that sports two handy pockets.  Her warm bisque coloring is even and smooth, with three very tiny wig pulls hidden above her left forehead, under the wig.  Cabinet-sized gem.

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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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Kammer & Reinhardt 101


A superb example of K*R's 101 Marie with an allover look of warmth, due to her peach toned shading of cheeks and lips, her content expression with slightly side-glancing, blue painted eyes, and her sandy blond, original mohair wig in side pigtails.  The silk bows in her her are curiously mismatched, but one is an aged, faded version of the other which is sort of endearing, as if one of them remained stored away from the elements for 100 years.  She has a fully jointed composition and wood body in excellent condition and it bears the red Holtz Maas mark on the shoulderblade.  Antique whites, from pantaloons, slip and openwork trimmed dress make up her fresh ensemble, with antique leather shoes and stockings.

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