This highly unusual Simon & Halbig German bisque character head doll model 1059 with flat neck joint and rare swivel waist body is pictured in Coleman's 'The Collector's Encyclopedia of Dolls' on page 573, illustration #1506. The doll is 11" tall. She is all original with a complex jointed body composed of wooden ball jointed arms and lower legs, kid leather lower torso, swivel waist joint, and cloth upper body. The head is attached to a wooden base. The head turns in the opposite direction that the waist turns. The bisque head is marked SH 1059 DEP 2. I have not attempted to remove her wig, which I assume is also original. She has set pierced ears, blue glass eyes and an open cut mouth showing upper teeth. She has no dress but comes with a glass beaded necklace, original shoes and socks, and white cotton pantaloons and petticoat. the shoes and socks are fragile so I chose to not attempt to remove them.
Condition is overall good. One of her front teeth is shorter than the rest, but I can't tell if this is a chip or factory flaw. Her stringing is a little loose but I wouldn't wish to disturb it. the bisque head is in good condition, no chips, cracks, or repairs.
I do not frequently use the over worked word rare, but this doll qualifies to be called rare on several levels. First she is a hard to find and especially charming Simon & Halbig character model. Second she has an unusual flat neck base. Third, I have never seen this body type before. Fourth, she is so unusual and rare that she is featured in the Coleman's first Encyclopedia. If you collect Simon & Halbig dolls, this one is a gem you truly must want to add. don't wait. She don't think she will be up for sale long.
Item ID: SG14Mshd314
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