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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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Simon Halbig 949 for French Market

Considered one of the earlier Simon Halbig models is this mold 949 (16") from the mid 900 series.  She has a more pouty face with full cheeks, brown glass eyes, closed mouth, peachy pale bisque, pierced ears and side-parted antique blond mohair wig with tied ribbons.  Her body is of the bulky French type, fully jointed with straight wrists, flat joint edges and pronounced derriere for stable sitting. 
There is some paint loss at the joints and on the legs, and discoloration around the neck area of the body. Her low waist, light cream wool frock is antique as is her delicate bonnet with floating adornments of lace and ribbon.  Undergarments and stocking are antique, however her shoes are vintage, but very special silk, French-type lace ups  that were made in England in the 1980's.

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Kestner 143

9 1/2"
Fully Jointed Body

No introduction is needed for this tried and true favorite from the Kestner factory, the beloved 143 child, who is known to be collected in multiples, representing the vast array of sizes represented.  This sweet little girl has pale, Kestner perfect bisque, blue sleep eyes, and an open mouth with teeth.  Her always fine Kestner composition, fully jointed body provides sturdy posing.  A sublte pink stripe, heavy cotton frock is antique as are her cotton undergarments, and her antique, human hair wig is a warm auburn.

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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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Early Simon Halbig Bebe

Rare 905 Mold

Collecting early Simon Halbig dolls is a subcategory all its own and those who are taken by them are sure to appreciate the chance to acquire one of the early 900 series. This attractive child bears the 905 incised mark on the back of her solid dome head and since these models were for the French trade, she has all the attributes of a French bebe.  Her large, almond shaped spiral paperweight eyes are outlined with finely painted lashes and brows, she has a closed mouth with space in between and super pale bisque with a light rouge blush on her cheeks.  Her antique wig is of blond, curly mohair.
Her fully jointed composition body with straight wrists showing normal wear has the healthy silhouette of a French body with the shapely arms and legs.  Made of antique fabrics os her burgundy silk, low waist frock with a frilly lace skirt and her matching bonnet in the same materials.  Her undergarments, stockings and black leather slippers are all antique.

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Kestner "Hilda" 237 Baby

More precious than a Hilda baby is a tiny Hilda baby, this one being only 10 1/2" tall from crown to toe (much shorter if in a seated position).  This one has the Kestner incised mold number 237 and has blue glass sleep eyes, an open mouth with two upper teeth, light peachy bisque tone, rosy cheeks, and has its original, blond mohair wig over original Kestner pate.
The five piece composition baby body is in excellent condition except for a small mark that resemble tape residue, behind the left thigh.  Hands are posed in the classic Kestner positions.  The outfit is a dusty pale blue matching combo of silky dress, pantaloons and bonnet, with an extra organdy peach slip underneath.

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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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