SFBJ UNIS 301 Doll for Sale
This is a cute example of a French bisque head doll made by SFBJ. The doll is the popular UNIS model (Union National Inter Syndicale Dolls) with the 301 mold number and was made in France from 1916 to the late 20's. UNIS is 18 inches tall. SFBJ was a company made by combining many of the late 19th century French doll makers including Jumeau and Gaultier.
This UNIS 301 is in great condition and was probably redressed in a dress and underwear that were made using vintage fabrics and trims. The dress is in great condition and is appropriate in style to when the doll was originally made. Under the dress is a full slip and a pair of bloomers with flower trim on the bottom cuffs. The flowers on Unis's bloomers complement the flower trim on the dress. This detail confirms my impression that the outfit is a vintage replacement. SFBJ factory outfits of this era would not have had this level of trim on the dress and would have had more generic underwear that could have been used on more than one dress. Even though the dress is a vintage replacement it is as good if not better quality to the dress she had from the SFBJ factory. Unis is also wearing vintage replacement shoes and socks. Unis is wearing an mohair wig that may be original to her.
Head Mark : UNIS, France, 71 149, 301, D. ® T.
The head is marked with the typical UNIS football mark. This head does not seem to have the Paris mark often seen above the Unis Football mark.
Condition of Doll for Sale
The bisque head is perfect with no chips, cracks or repairs. The face painting is good with no rubs. There is a paint chip on the eyelid wax.
The body has its original paint and varnish. There are signs of touch-up painting on some of the joint surfaces. All the joints are sound and the stringing is good. There are no broken or repaired fingers. There is some paint flaking on one foot. The clothes and underwear are clean and sound with no stains repairs or foxing. The shoes and socks are also clean and sound.
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