Antique 14 FRENCH TRADE BELTON 121 Circa 1890 Closed Mouth with ORIGINAL Mohair Wig. What a wonderful cabinet sized doll that has wonderful light blue spiral paperweight eyes, closed mouth, original blond mohair wig that is full and retains most of its curl on a fully jointed Sonneberg (see the pictures) composition and wood body. She is also guaranteed to be on her original antique Sonneberg doll body and was made in Germany circa 1880- 1890.PLEASE SEE PICTURES TO GET FULL IDEA OF THIS WONDERFUL DOLL. 14 tall which is typical for most Belton dolls. The head of this Belton doll shows three (3) stringing holes on top of her flat head mounted on a fully jointed Sonneberg composition and wood 9 ball-jointed body (typical of this type of doll) with straight wrists and ankles. The wooden joints on the doll are larger and depict the Sonneberg type. It is the angelic expression on the face of this doll which makes her desirable. She was probably made in Germany for the French market and the face was fashioned from the more expensive portrait Jumeau doll series. She has expert and delicate blushing of the cheeks in a light pinky-peach shade, two subtle dots for the nostrils, painted upper and lower eyelashes, multi-stroke flat and thinner eyebrows (not the thick eyebrows seen with Depose or Tete Jumeau models, but the thinner ones seen with portrait Jumeau dolls), closed mouth with shading and accented lines with a white area between the lips so it has the appearance as if she is going to speak , and square cheeks. The large light blue-gray spiral paperweight glass eyes that are fixed, as is seen with most Belton (closed heads that have very small holes which could not accommodate an eye mechanism)see picture.
The eyes are expertly placed and are symmetric from side to side. She also has pierced ears with pretty pin glass bead earrings.
She is on her original 9 ball-jointed wood composition body has a shape depicting an older child or young womans body. Intact (but not functional) crier pull strings-one a clear bead and one a tan color bead. The body has a 1 X 1.25 opening in the back that has a metal mesh over it to allow the crier to have worked. Antique and ORIGINAL light blonde mohair wig with a delightful curly set.
Markings incised at the back of the neck. 121 (by one of the top holes in the crown of the head). She is securely strung and must not be the original stringing since she has a replacement thigh. Her MATCHING ALL coordinated and designer made clothing based on vintage and antique fabrics were made by Gabriella. They are in excellent condition, are well-constructed, typifies a French doll, and includes.
Medium rose colored expensive Dupioni silk French Bebe one-piece dress that has the appearance of a two-piece outfit. It includes a box-pleated skirt, drop-waisted bodice with ecru (light tan) lace in the overlay to the front bodice and sleeves with decorative stitching, and used as side collars and an over-slip for the sides and back of the bodice.
Four (4) small round mother-of-pearl buttons are the closure for the back of this dress. Eight (8) tiny round mother-of-pearl buttons decorate the bodice. She has an attached cream colored silk half-slip with a lace trim around the bottom.Cream colored pantelettes/ bloomers with horizontal pleats a one-button MOP closure on the left side and an eyelet trim bottom. These extend just beyond the knee.
Ecru knit knee-high stockings with antique pink leather shoes with silver metal buckles. Vintage straw bowler hat with black velvet band and velvet applied flowers.
There is good quality very pale bisque with expert and delicate painting of features and crisp modeling. She has perfect bisque head that is free of hairlines, cracks, or restoration. There are a few isolated small pepper spots (left nostril, left lip and right chin) inherent to the bisque and a slight nose rub. She does have a 1mm chip on the insertion of the earring in the right ear lobe. She is still on her original composition 9 ball-jointed body.
The condition issues of the body are very good (and as stated above the crier mechanism does not work). There has been a professional repaint of the entire body and it is tinted pink and replicates the original shiny surface. The right upper thigh is an antique replacement and is well sized but reversed.
Some wear on joints and bodyplease view pictures. The tips of the right fingers are worn but not missing (see picture). This doll is in such excellent shape considering her age.
Because of her French look, she is priced accordingly. Linda Edwards DOLL VALUES 12. Nearly ALL of my collectibles have been stored in a cabinet enclosed in glass and wood so that dust should not be of concern. I do not charge for packing materials since I currently have plenty of these-- I just charge for actual costs ONLY. ALL SALES are FINAL UNLESS MISREPRESENTED.I would like to thank you for looking at my auctions. The item "Antique 14 FRENCH TRADE BELTON 121 Circa 1890 Closed Mouth SONNEBERG Body. EXC" is in sale since Wednesday, June 10, 2020. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\Antique (Pre-1930)\Bisque\German". The seller is "nursemidwifemary1" and is located in Lincoln, Nebraska. This item can be shipped to United States.