Hertel Schwab bisque socket head character baby boy, on a toddler body, 18 inches. This fellow, with painted eyes, made circa 1912, is full of personality and his well sculpted, expressive face shows the incredible abilities of the artists at Hertel and Schwab. With signature HS wavy eyebrows, intelligent eyes with two painted highlights on the pupils, and a dimpled double chin, he looks like an “old soul” baby. Very slightly molded, painted, wispy hair. His bisque is perfect with no chips, cracks or hairlines. Although his clothing cannot be fully removed, his composition body retains its original finish and is in excellent condition, with some wear to the hands, more to his left hand.
He is wearing an old cotton two piece sailor suit with a contrast collar and a ribbon bowtie. While the clothing was certainly made for him (the shirt is sewn together at neckline and cannot be removed), the ribbon, although not recently manufactured, is likely a later replacement. I love the combination of colors here, and he wears what may be his original shoes.
His head is marked only with a 12. His body is stamped Germany 2. This doll happens to be strung very tightly and prefers to stand rather than sit. All in all, this fellow is really a treat!
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