This delightful 22-inch Rabery & Delphieu (R.D.) French Bebe is a wonderful example of this French manufacturer's later closed mouth dolls, this one dating from the time period of 1890-1895. The R.D. manufacturing business in Paris, France, resided in an apartment in the early years of 1872. How quaint is that tidbit of this manufacturer's rich history!
She possesses a lovely face with gorgeous big brown paperweight eyes, very delicately painted black eyelashes, lovely dark brown brush-stroked eyebrows, beautiful creamy bisque, perfectly tinted cheeks, a sweet closed painted mouth, and a cute dimple can be found on her chin! She has pierced ears (one has a tiny flea-bite to the back of the earring hole). She wears a long antique dark brown human hair wig with bangs.
Her French, straight wrist composition body is original to her. It is in good condition for its age, retaining most of its original body paint and varnish, with areas of paint touch up, especially to the top of the legs and her hands have been repaired and repainted very nicely. I have supplied photos of her body for you to examine.
She is dressed in a cute white and navy blue mariner costume with gold highlights at the sleeves, gold stars at her mariner collar and one at her hat. It is accented with gold buttons at the closure of the dress and the sleeves. She wears a matching companion piece under the outer dress of the same material with a matching navy blue bodice. She's very happy with the matching mariner hat and I think she looks very sweet wearing it! She's wearing white pantaloons, antique white stockings and a darling pair of white antique French Alart shoes, with the incised pictures of the little child in a dress and a number 10 at the tip of the sole. She also wears navy blue glass earring in her pierced ears.
CONDITION: Her bisque head has been black lighted and light tested and I GUARANTEE she has no invisible hairlines or repairs to her bisque head. She does have a manufacturing flaw in the mold line at the top of her head, done in making of the mold, which is way up at the tip of the opening of her head. It is filled with red paint, so it has been there since since she was made. It does not detract from her in any way but I felt I should mention it. And I have already mentioned the tiny flea-bite to the back of one earring hole.
If you would like any more photos (I can only post 9) I have loads of pictures of her, so please feel free to contact me. If you should have any questions I am always here to help! In the meantime, thank you for visiting my Ruby Lane Shop and as always..."Happy Dolling"!