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SFBJ 301 Head, Sleep Eyes, Mohair Lashes, Size 5
This pretty French mademoiselle is looking for a home. . . an a new body. She has feathered eyebrows, bright blue glass sleep eyes with mohair upper eyelashes and finely painted lower lashes, parted coral lips exposing molded teeth, and the nice bisque has rosy complexion. Tiny rhinestone earrings sparkle in her pierced ears and there is a dimple in her chin. On the back the head she is marked "SFBJ 301 Paris 5." S.F.B.J. stands for the Société Française de Fabrication de Bébés et Jouets, a coalition of French doll makers formed in 1899 to compete with German doll manufacturers. The coalition included the famed doll company of Jumeau and 301 dolls sometimes are found with the Jumeau stamp on their heads or bodies. The head is about 4 inches tall from the base of the neck to the top of her forehead (looking around the Internet, I think the Size 5 mold would be about a 16 or 17 inch tall doll, but don't quote me on that!). There is a small vertical kiln line approximately 0.25 inches long and some "folds" on the back rim of her head that occurred in the manufacturing process; such factory flaws would have been hidden under her wig. There is some wear to her mohair lashes and a tiny flake missing out of the wax lid on her right eye. There are a few small flakes at the base off the neck socket, which would be hidden inside the body. When taking the close up pictures, I noticed an irregularity in one of her tiny teeth; I cannot determine whether this is a factory flaw or a touch-up, but it is very hard to see except on very close inspection.
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