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Antique 20" Tete Jumeau Bebe Doll Medailles d'or Paris Bte SGDC Museum Exhibited
From the Harriet Free Doll and Toy Museum Collection, this 20" is all original, bisque head, closed mouth, huge brown eyes, in original very fine condition. This Jumeau dates circa 1880s. Her Period costume and hat ribbons and flowers were freshened and look to be original to the doll. The doll was exhibited in the Historic Powell County State Museum in Deer Lodge Montana in the "Yesterday's Playthings" complex from 2000 until she removed it to have with her shortly before her passing. The exhibit tag from the museum is "#182 HF 4-26-2000"
The doll is exquisite, beautifully painted features, marked on the back of her bisque head "Jumeau Medailles d'or Paris". Her soft pate is original and attached, I did not attempt to remove it to see if the original spring is inside, but am sure it is there, especially knowing my mother! I am not willing to harm the doll's original pate trying to remove it.
This Jumeau Bebe' talking body is marked on the back "Depose Tate Jumeau Bte S.G.D.C, 9, and artist Mark "HV". There is the original grill for the voice box and the two pull strings in her body. I gently tried to pull the strings as I know she originally said Mama and Papa, but again, am not willing to hurt the doll. I am assuming the talking part needs refurbishing. Both strings are intact, one little original wood pull knob is there, other is missing. It is my understanding that the talking bodies were only used on the #2 and #9 sizes but possibly more sizes were added later. This doll is the correct #9. I have more photos available that I can email to you.
Her ears are applied and are pierced. Her human brown hair appears original, her wood and composition jointed body is not touched up and shows very minor finish wear as they should. The silk dress is period and fragile, beautifully intact. I found a couple of very tiny separations in the silk material on the pleated skirt. Her shoes are Jumeau but the markings are faint as pictured. The red dots are another of the museum ids as mom's collection is so large.
The Jumeau doll's underclothes are exquisite and period as is her whole outfit. The doll is exceptional, a French beauty! Shipping and packaging will be by a very trusted business that I have worked with many years so she is properly protected and sent UPS or Express Mail. I have to check something but due to her value and condition, I will have her professionally packaged and sent which will be figured when we know destination.
The Harriet Elberson Free Doll & Toy Museum Collection Provenance:
When our mother decided to take on a new interest, she jumped in 150%! She lived it, breathed it, mastered it. As a child who had a limited childhood, she was drawn to antique dolls and toys. For years, she went to antique shops, antique shows, flea markets, private sales treasure hunting, collecting antique dolls, toys, antique jewelry, lace, ribbon and cloth. She had made dolls earlier, of the crocheted or cloth variety, and also for years had a small ceramic shop as a hobby. Very gifted, detail oriented, the collection filled her home before being put on loan to the museum in historic Deer Lodge where she lived most of her adult life.
She was a superb seamstress and after instruction became a master doll artist herself. She used the antique jewelry, laces, ribbons, and accessories to complete her dolls and to restore original antique doll outfits. Her collection of antique, vintage and replica dolls along with antique and vintage toys and teddy bears has been displayed since 2000 in the Powell County Historic Museum in Deer Lodge Montana. Her large collection is housed in Yesterdays Playthings, one of the original historic prison administration buildings and is on display from May until the fall yearly closing. The museum tells us that over 50,000 view the collection and the old prison museum complex each year. Her legacy is a great support for the community of Deer Lodge.
These dolls and strollers offered here were removed from the museum shortly before and after her passing as they were her favorites. Their sale will help to preserve the large collection that remains in the museum as her legacy to Montana. The jewelry is the remaining collection of antique and vintage jewelry hand picked for use on her antique and replica dolls.
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