16" Simon & Halbig antique bisque doll dressed in original costume of the Hanauer region of Germany. The solid dome swivel head on a bisque shoulderplate has set brown glass eyes, finely feathered brows and lashes, and a closed mouth with center line accent. The original blonde mohair wig is styled in long braids.
Her stitch jointed cloth body allows her to sit easily. The to the elbow bisque arms are typical. However, her to the knee bisque legs with sculpted detail of the toes set her apart as more unusual. No damage and no repair. Circa 1900-1910
The original Hanauer German regional costume features a bonnet with large bow, a highly decorated bodice over a white cotton blouse and full red skirt. The bodice is decorated with ruched silk ribbon, metallic gold braid, beads and a large center medallion. The wooden beads around her waist appear to be a later addition, easily removed. The bonnet is somewhat fragile, with the rest of the costume in excellent condition. Nice antique pants and petticoat underwear.
The dolls originally sold as souvenirs, have unfortunately often been redressed in fashionable clothing to appeal to more collectors. Finding a Simon Halbig doll with a most desirable face, and in this size, still dressed in the original regional costume is unusual.