German bisque girl by Schoenhau and Hoffmeister, 12 inches tall, a swivel head marked 1906 on back of her head. Is this a date? I think it may be safe to assume it is. In the meantime, I dare you not to fall in love with this dainty, full cheeked girl, wearing a soft and sweet cotton dress and little Mary Jane shoes which are replacements. Her factory undergarments are knickers, a chemise and a petticoat. I believe this is her original dress but if not, it was certainly made for her, and sewn on in such a way that it would have to be taken apart to remove. Schoenhau and Hoffmeister was one of the very few factories that made and dressed their dolls from start to finish.
Her bisque is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or hairlines. Grey/blue sleep eyes with only a sliver of wax missing from her left eye- barely seen open or closed. Original mohair wig (attached to the holes) and four tiny teeth. Her lashes are painted, and there are a couple of imperfect strokes on her right eyelashes, which do not detract but must be mentioned. Legs are a little loose at the hips. Back of her head has some illegible numbers at top, a swooping mark that may or may not be intentional, and Germany/ S (PB inside star) [for Porzellanfabrik Burggrub, where their factory was located] H/ 1906/9/0. The slice in the star is a factory flaw that happened when the rim of the head was being cleaned before the first firing-where the carver's knife slipped- but has no impact on anything. An endearing little girl, conveniently cabinet sized.
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