This vintage Bye-Lo baby doll by Grace Putnam, with a bisque head, a cloth body and celluloid hands. She is wearing her original long Christening gown, and underlap and socks. Her face is well painted, with the sweetest expression, plus blue sleep eyes and painted on hair. It comes in an older box, however, I do not know if this is its original box.
According to research sources, The Bye-Lo Baby was one of the first truly realistic baby dolls ever sculpted. Creator Grace Storey Putnam was a sculptor (1877 to 1947) who sculpted the doll from looking at a real three-day-old baby. The creation of a realistic baby doll was quite a change in the 1920's, when this type of doll was first created. The Bye-Lo doll was made over a number of years. One vintage doll site describes the same size and christening gown as this one for a doll dating to early production years, in this particular case the doll dated to 1923, the second year of production. I am not a doll expert, so am basing my comments on what I am finding.
Measurements: The baby is approximately 12 inches tall with a head circumference approximately 13 inches. It has been legs, making exact length measurement difficult. The Bye-Lo dolls came in various sizes, this one being the perfect size for a young girl to hold and love.
Condition: The doll is lovely. The bisque is good. The body is in good shape. Her chemise has a small tear near the hem, but is otherwise in good condition for its age.
Marks: She is incised on the back of the neck "copr. by Grace S. Putnam made in Germany". On her cloth, front body, stamped is "BYE LO BABY GRACE STOREY PUTNAM"