Here is a very Rare doll that we researched extensively and were unable to find one like her. The owner says this is the first key wind walking doll but we think that is incorrect. She is a lovely doll with permanent key in back. She has a bisque socket head marked 222 SFBJ 301 Paris 1. She is an 11" doll. She has lovely blue eyes and bushy eyelashes. She has a top row of little teeth. Glass eyes. open mouth. Nice wig.
We found that in the late 1890's thru 1920 many automated dolls from various companies purchased bisque socket head dolls to use. Her bisque head has one small chip on the forehead top with a light crack running from it that is surface only. The side also appears to have light crack on one side of face. Nothing is inside the socket head and some of the marks on her head are wig glue in photo. We tried to show her clearly.
She is attached to a rather crude compo or cardboard.. and wood torso that has a clockwork mechanism inside and a permanent key. The doll does work but she is not consistent in her movements and sometimes needs a budge. The key has no markings to identify the maker.
her legs are odd little things and attached to a lever action metal attachment that moves the legs side to side. She rocks side to side rather than stepping forward. Her legs have permanent stockings over what may be a white plaster of paris type material with wood base at bottom of feet.
She wears her original shoes but one is very damaged. Her dress looks to be a new dress and has no closure in back. We washed it but it is stained lightly as well as her bloomers and slip. Her arms have some wrapped material like a paper tape with composition hands at the end.
She is very pretty but odd!
Feel free to ask questions.
11" Antique early 1900 bisque head automata key wind walker doll SFBJ Paris