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This doll is thought to be made by Bru. Celluloid was invented in 1837 and enjoyed large success in France around 1870 as a substitute for ivory. Bru was displaying great interest in rubber and gutta- percha for making doll heads during the 1870's. It is believed that Bru made a few of the celluloid dolls during the 1870's while they were experimenting with different materials for doll heads. I purchased this doll from Sheri McMasters during the 1980's [ for all you that remember McMaster's Auctions before it became McMaster Harris Auction House]. Sheri made the clothing from old silk, lined in cotton- they are beautifully made. The front of the jacket has some melting. Her cotton underclothing is also made by Sheri. I took this doll to an UFDC Convention and was told that there are approx. 21 of these dolls known to exist. She is approx. 13 1/4" tall, celluloid socket head, celluloid shoulder plate, beautiful hand blown glass tri- colored eyes and a cloth body. Besides her one eye, there is no restoration or damage to her head, shoulder plate or body. There is damage around one eye- I have photographed it so you can clearly see. Her lip coloring is faded but her brows and lashes are vivid. Her leather hands are in good shape- no splitting in the leather and the wiring in each finger is not poking thru or worn. The body is also in good shape- it is clean, odor free and sturdy. The toes are not individually stitched. The body is stamped, which is clearly shown in the photographs. She appears to have her original cork pate and since it is firmly attacked, I have not removed it - her wig is a replacement. Only checks will be accepted as payment. Any questions please e-mail. Thank you for your interest!

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Celluloid French Fashion

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