Description of Doll for Sale
This is a beautiful example of a 7 inch pair of antique Franz Schmidt 293 bisque head dolls dressed in all original French provincial wedding costumes. The costumes are from the Breton region of Brittany in France. The dolls were bought from Franz Schmidt (a German company) by a French store which made the costumes and sold them as a store exclusive. Based on the marks on the heads they are antique dolls made in the late 1890's up to 1902.
They come from a collection of dolls purchased in France for the grandmother of the current owner. The grandmother was born in 1903. The two other dolls in the collection were purchased from the French toy store Au Nain Bleu. It is likely the pair was bought from Au Nain Bleu as well. The costumes and dolls do not have any tags to confirm this association but the workmanship is definitely up to the standards of Au Nain Bleu.
The dolls have bisque heads with glass sleep eyes with an open mouth with molded teeth and mohair wigs. They are on a 5 piece composition body with painted shoes and socks. They are wearing elaborate wool outfits. The outfits feature hand done turkey stitching, delicate wax flowers and sequins. The bride has ribbed knit socks and wonderful satin shoes covering the painted shoes and the boy has gaiters covering most of the painted shoes. The bride has an apron over the dress which is lined plus a lace slip and matching bloomers. The boy has tiny wax flowers in his boutineer and in the ties for his pantaloons. They would make a great wedding gift for any doll collector you know.
Head Mark: 293 (under wig), 8/0, S.C.
The head is marked as shown. The SC mark is for Schmidt & Company and was used until 1902 when Franz became the sole owner and the mark was changed to FS & Co.
Condition of Doll for Sale
The bisque heads are perfect with no chips, cracks or repairs. The bodies are in good condition with no crazing, chips repairs or repaint. The clothes are in factory original condition with no stains, foxing or repairs. There is a few minor pin holed in the fabric one visible in the front of the boys pants
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