What a find! There aren’t many of these cute Schoenau & Hoffmeister dolls dressed in the Alps costume, much less finding the pair. Each doll is 17” tall with bisque heads marked with the S Star with PB and H and the model number of 170-1. The PB stands for the factory location – Porzellanfabrik Burggrub or Porcelain Factory in Burggrub, Germany. The bodies appear to be papier mache. The costumes are so detailed. The little boy has short paints with some embroidery that are held up with suspenders, a shirt, a green felt vest, and a white felt jacket with green trim. The hat is a dark green felt trimmed in lighter green felt. He has an open mouth with teeth showing, and his wig appears to be mohair. He still has his eye lashes. His clothes show that there are buttons, but when you try to take them off, they are actually sewn together; so we weren’t able to check his torso for any further makers marks.
The girl’s dress has a green felt skirt attached to black bodice with brass buttons, made to look like it laces up. There is a white muslin blouse with puffy sleeves and lace trim. She has a soft white apron on top of the skirt of the dress. She has soft red scarf or shawl around her shoulders with flowers in front. Her hat is dark green felt with light felt trim. Her wig is done in a big braid across the front and appears to be made from mohair. She still has both red shoes and white socks. Her undies and pantaloons are made of a very stiff guazy fabric. Her mouth is open, but no teeth are showing.
We have the original box and lid for each doll. They do have some wear on them, but are all there. Each box is marked with the doll number: 518/74 42 and 518/73 42.
These dolls are priced as a pair.
These dolls are in extremely good condition for their age. The coloring on their faces is wonderful, but there are a couple of small light smudges on each face. She is missing her eye lashes and one arm is a little loose at its shoulder joint; it is still attached. There is a small hole in the tie on her apron. The feathers in their hats could use some sprucing up.
The Schoenau and Hoffmeister company was formed in 1901 when Arthur Schoenau and
Carl Hoffmeister started working together (Schoenau had been in the doll business by himself prior to that). After only six years, the two men had a disagreement of the style of head for the dolls and Hoffmeister left the business. Schoenau continued running the company until his death in 1911; at that time one of his sons too over the business. From what I could find, the company went out of business in 1953.
Since we are limited to nine photos, we do have additional photos on file. We, however, do not have photos of their torsos, because their clothes are sewn together instead of buttoned or snapped, and we couldn’t take the clothes off. As clean as these dolls are, I can’t imagine anything being wrong with their bodies.
This would be a great addition to your doll collection. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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Darling Pair of Schoenau & Hoffmeister Character Dolls in Bavarian Clothes