German Wagner & Zetsche Haralit Hansi boy doll

From my personal antique doll collection, comes my "Bavarian Hiking Club" doll members. Shown is one approximately seven and one half inch (7 1/2") Hansi, made in a celluloid material called "Haralit". This material, patented in 1916, was used by Wagner & Zetsche in the manufacture of some of their dolls. "Hansi" is one of four heads known to be manufactured by Wagner & Zetsche in Haralit. They are very uncommon, and rarely found.

This sweet Hansi has good face color and paint, with some intrinsic wear. So many times the paint has been entirely worn off these Haralit dolls ( so perfect for children's play are they!). The twill torsos and legs are firmly stuffed and are in good condition. Original knit socks are still with them. The Lederhosen Boy has original leather lederhosen with felt suspenders and a white cotton shirt under his plaid homespun jacket. The clothing still has the original old teeny brass hook and eye closures as well as the original mother of pearl buttons. These dolls are so well made and designed with durability and attractiveness, color and vibrancy thought out and applied - they are everything for perfect play and display, and it took me many many decades to find the 6 total that I have ever finally run across after much searching. His "Haralit" arms are tightly strung 9 a rarity indeed!) . The hair is a soft brown. The dolls are marked on the back of the head "Hansi" "W-Z". Wagner and Zetsche was founded by Richard Wagner and Richard Zetsche in January 1, 1875. Of the two men, Zetsche was the artist, designer and sculptor of the dolls and Wagner was the business partner. In 1916. the patent for Haralit material - a cellulose based composition, was acquired by the Wagner & Zetsche firm and dolls were made, as well as their wigs, bodies and clothing at the Wagner & Zetsche factory. Apparently there were several body styles used. There were four dolls in the Haralit series and they were modeled as portraits of Zetsche's grandchildren: Harald, Hansi, Inge and Barbele. They were introduced as the Haralit Art Dolls., and correspond to the Art Doll movement that accompanied the Arts and Craft Movement in Europe and America. From what I've found in sources, See German Doll Encyclopedia by Jurgen and Marianne Cieslik, page 256, plates 133 & 134. Also page 325. Dawn Herlocher's 200 Years of Dolls also notes information regarding the Haralit dolls. Several body variations exist of each doll. Here are details of the HANSI we are listing: body is cloth, clean for dolls of this age legs are jointed at the hips and move well arms are one-piece and are tight their sockets (see photos); no chipped fingers head is flange-type, allowing to turn with no problem dimpled face and hair are hand painted and show some wear Doll wears original factory clothing and pair of leather shoes.

Haralit Hansi dolls are very uncommon to find. I offer in my Ruby Lane shop my remaining entire "Bavarian Hiking Club" of Hansi Haralit dolls, each with original clothing. They shall be sold as two pairs of two Hansi and one lone boy Hansi. This offering is for one lone Haralit Hansi boy doll only, as shown in the photos of the described doll. Any others shown are for purposes of display.

They make a marvelous collection and are wonderful to display - and to play with. I find them very amusing to display cavorting among my books and other items when they are not sitting soberly on their benches like good school children should.

Any other doll or accessory items used for display are not included in this offering, unless otherwise specified.

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