Circa 1880's, this 18" German Bisque Doll is a bit of a mystery. She is not marked except for a large 9 inscribed at the back of the head. A very knowledgeable, long time doll dealer told me she is an early Simon Halbig. She does look like one of the 900 series dolls. She has a perfect bisque head with lovely quality bisque. There is a large hole on each side, used to fasten her to her shipping box, or to keep her wig on, and there is a french type slant to the head cut. The ears are pierced, and there is a firing flaw on the back of one ear . It is a little bumpy there but the color is fired into it. She has very large glass blue eyes with corner accents, and one eye has a little crazing. It's been that way for a few years now and I don't think it will get worse if kept carefully. She has dark feathered brows, rosy lips and cheeks, and nose accents.
Some of her unusual features are : she has 7 teeth in her mouth, which indicates French Market. She has a plaster pate which was already detached when I got her, and she has two mohair wigs attached to it, both antique! The first one that is attached to the plaster pate is very sparse, and there was another wig glued on top of that one with a German style cap. I wonder if someone wanted to keep her original wig with her, and chose to do it this way! The top wig is a gorgeous pale blond mohair with lots of curls and plenty of hair. The bottom wig is also blond, and it looks to me like the bangs are part of the original, sparse wig. I didn't want to pull these apart too much for fear of damaging the wig caps, so I'm guessing.
Her eyes are set and it is original. I checked it with a black light and the eye plaster is the same age as the head. This is another indication of an earlier doll.
Another unusual feature is her fabulous composition body! It is very heavy and has a prominent derriere and tummy. There are absolutely no touch-ups or repaints, but there are spots where the old varnish is rubbed off. The only crazing/lifting I found was down on one foot and ankle. I stabilized it with some water soluble glue that dries clear. It looks to have been an expensive body with great modeling. She is tightly strung and poses well. There are no missing fingers, and all the original red defining lines are there are hands and feet.
Her outfit is wonderful in my humble opinion. I love these original old German girls, and she comes with her antique dress that her previous owner has written "Cordelia" in ink on, in the inside hem (a sort of provenance!). The dress material is a heavy cotton material with a tiny, soft butterscotch calico style print. The print is faded and there is some overall wear to the material. She also has pantaloons trimmed in crochet, brown knit socks, and wonderful German antique shoes in almost mint condition. I added her gold pin, and her wonderful antique cobalt blue glass earrings.
This has been one of my favorite German dolls in my collection for some time. She has the sweetest expression, and such a great early look. I think she's very special! I would compare her to an S&H open mouth 949, and I have priced her below the current value of that model.
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