Introduced in 1909 by German manufacturer Kammer and Reinhardt, this darling doll was the first true character baby. Also called the "Kaiser baby" by early collectors on based on stories that the doll was modeled on a baby picture of the German Kaiser, this pudgy baby boy may not win any infant beauty contests, but he has plenty of charm and personality. Of excellent bisque, his head is beautifully painted face, with brush-stroked hair, and his delicately decorated features include bright blue eyes with delicate shading and white highlights that seem to sparkle. You can practically hear the babyish chuckles coming from his parted smiling rosy lips. His bent limb composition body has realistically modeled folds, gesturing plump hands, and fat little feet. He is one big baby, too, at just over 18 inches long. On the back of his head, he is incised "K *R 100 50." This charming cherub comes dressed in layers of vintage baby clothing, starting with a fine cotton gown with pleats an trimmed with fine lace and white knit booties. Underneath is a fine cotton sleeveless slip, a knit button-up shirt, and little lace trimmed undershorts. The bisque head is in excellent condition. The composition body is in good condition, with its original finish, which is either pale or faded. His little fingers and toes are all intact, with red lines indicating folders and nails. There is some scuffing to the finish on his fingers. His outer clothing had some slight soiling or staining and could use a wash and iron. This adorable infant would enhance any doll cradle or high chair.
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