The German firm of Bahr & Proschild is a highly underrated doll manufacturer from the late 19th century. Not at all as prolific in the volume of dolls they produced as compared to Simon & Halbig or Kestner, this firm nevertheless excelled in producing high quality dolls of superior craftsmanship. The pinnacle of their doll production was with the bisque heads of the 200 series dolls, the most popular of which were the 224 molds. However B & P made many other 200 series molds that are not frequently found and some of which are quite rare indeed.
In my years of dealing in antique dolls, I had the privilege of knowing the foremost collector of B & P dolls who only sought the very best and rarest dolls from this firm. Indeed, she was working on writing a book about the Bahr & Proschild 200 series dolls. Sadly, she was not able to realize this dream. She spent the better part of the last quarter of a century amassing this collection and so many of these dolls are so very rare, but as the book was never written, we do not know how rare they are.
Here I have for you one of those rare dolls, a lovely Bahr & Proschild 225. She has a delightful expression and she is costumed beautifully in a long cream-colored wool dress, with extensive hand embroidery done in silk thread. Her superb dark blond blond human hair wig is simply enchanting. It would certainly be hard for any doll lover to pass up this precious sweetheart. If you really seek out exquisite, antique dolls in excellent condition, put this girl as the highest priority on your list because a gem like this will not be here long. Not to mention, this is one of those dolls that will hold her resale value, and even go up as time goes on because she is beautiful and rare! What more could we ask for?
She has a lovely bisque socket head with her original beautiful blue glass set eyes, painted upper and lower lashes, thick feathered brown brows, an open mouth with four upper teeth, and pierced ears. She stands at 21.5” tall on a fully-jointed antique wood and composition body with straight wrists, and wears a gorgeous antique dark blond French human hair wig.
She is dressed in a long cream-colored antique wool dress, decorated all over with exquisite hand embroidery in cream-colored silk thread, featuring floral and geometric motifs, and scalloping at the sleeves and the edges of the front of the bodice. The dress also features mother of pearl buttons up the front and back, gigot sleeves, knife-pleating at the waist, a white silk sash at the waist with a pale pink and green rose print, white cotton lining in the bodice, and two attached half slips; one in white cotton with an embroidered scalloped hem, and the other in stiff white net with sheer white cotton and lace trim at the hem. Underneath, she wears another antique white cotton half slip with a tuck and an eyeleted and scalloped embroidered hem, and a pair of antique white cotton pantaloons with tucks and lace trim, with gathered hems. On her feet are a pair of white crocheted socks with pink insertion ribbon at the tops, and a pair of brown leather shoes with brown rosettes. On her head, finishing off the look, is an antique cream-colored silk bonnet, with floral embroidery, a large silk bow, box-pleated lace trim along the brim, and cream-colored ribbon ties.
CONDITION: Excellent. The perfect and lovely pale, glowing bisque head is free of any cracks, chips, hairlines, or restoration, and has expertly decorated features as well as very crisp modeling of her very sweet face. The body has been touched up particularly at the joints, upper legs, and torso, and the neck has been rebuilt. The costume is good, with a couple moth holes to the wool dress and silk bonnet, and almost no damage to the silk embroidery; there is some discoloration to the hem of her half-slip, and the ties of the bonnet have been replaced due to deterioration- the remaining ribbon along the bottom and bow at the top show the age wear. A really lovely and rare antique doll most likely produced for the French and American market—just one look at her adorable face and you will be delighted!
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Gorgeous Rare 21.5" Bahr & Proschild 225 in Embroidered Frock