George Bahr and August Pröschild founded the Bähr & Pröschild doll company (also spelled Baehr & Proeschild) which began as a porcelain and doll factory in 1871 in Ohrdruf, Germany. They registered their first doll mold in 1888 and merged with the Bruno Schmidt doll company around 1919. Not at all as prolific in the volume of dolls they produced compared to Simon & Halbig or Kestner, this firm nevertheless excelled in producing high quality dolls of superior craftsmanship.
The pinnacle of their doll production was with the bisque heads of the 200 series dolls, the most popular of which were the 224 and 225 molds. Most desirable of all were the closed-mouth versions of which this is one. Bahr & Proschild presents to you this closed-mouth 225-model child doll, in a gorgeous antique costume! She stands at 17 tall, with a bisque socket dome head with a delightful expression and a gorgeous face, on a beautiful, shapely original wood and composition body.
A chocolate brown human hair wig adorns her head, and she's dressed in a gorgeous cream colored antique frock with pink lining with a sweet bonnet and a gold pin at her neckline. This nice, affordable cabinet size doll is sure to win your heart!! Make off with her now and add her to your collection! This doll is available on my customizable layaway plans!
With a layaway plan, you can secure this doll for yourself, while taking your time to pay at your own pace! She has a bisque socket head, with painted and molded features; set deep brown glass spiral eyes, painted upper and lower lashes, feathered brown brows, a closed mouth, and a soft rosy complexion. She has pierced ears with antique aqua blue glass bead earrings, and stands at 17 on her original straight-wristed wood and composition Sonneberg body, with a highly detailed molded torso.She wears a deep chocolate brown mohair wig in a wavy style, and comes with her original brown human hair wig. She wears a beautiful light cream colored frock, with pink trim running along silk pleated front both sides and around the drop-waisted pleats and lace overlay. It is decorated with pale cream colored pleated silk down the front of the bodice, and lace over the shoulder to 3/4 length to ends of the sleeves. Underneath she wears a white cotton full slip, with lace trim at the hem.
On her feet are a pair of white knit stockings and white steel buckle adorned leather shoes. On her head is a straw bonnet, with white lace overlay, pink, blue and white flowers, and ruffled white lace at the brim and white ties, and she wears antique earrings with round aqua blue glass beads.
MARKS: 225 on the back of her head CONDITION: Generally Excellent! The bisque head is free of any hairlines, or cracks, bearing top-quality modeling and painting of features.However, there was a tiny repair right behind her right ear, which is barely noticeable. The ear had originally been repaired terribly with some kind of plastic which was ugly.
I hired Sandy Hohne, a professional doll doctor re-repair the ear where its barely noticeable now(see last photo of the back of the bisque head). The glass eyes are aligned well. The original Sonneberg body is in good shape.The torso is very shapely, with very detailed molding. The costume is in great shape. Overall, this wonderful girl has held up nicely over the years, and would make a fine addition to any collection. Be sure to check out my other items as I list new pieces every day! The item "RARE early 17 inch Closed-Mouth Bahr & Proschild 225 Antique Doll" is in sale since Wednesday, May 20, 2020. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\Antique (Pre-1930)\Bisque\German". The seller is "19thcenturyantiquedolls" and is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. This item can be shipped to United States.