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This 14” cabinet size young fellow looks like he has just been out on the street selling his newspapers and come home to his best pal Bruno, the Saint Bernard and is happy as a lark to finally get to play! There’s nothing like a boy’s love for his dog!
HEAD: Made by the Societe de Fabrication de Bebes & Jouets around the turn of the century in Paris France, this fabulous and hard to find character boy doll will bring a smile to your face every time you look his way. He is marked on the back of his head, S. F. B. J. 227 Paris with a size number 4 at the base of his neck. He is also known as “Jewel Eyes” due to his sparkling deep blue paperweight eyes shining like tiny jewels! His fine upper and lower lashes are brown rather than the expected black. He has a dome head with brown painted hair and does not appear to have ever had flocked hair like some of the SFBJ boy characters do. His simple one-stroke brows are very expressive to compliment his parted lips drawn up in the biggest winsome grin! His slightly open mouth exposes his 6 molded upper teeth.
BODY: The composition body has incorporated ball joints so he takes a pose quite well. He has been recently restrung. Dolls of this type had lesser quality bodies but the condition of this one will maintain for years to come. What The majority of his body is of original finish but there are touch ups in various places, which are well disguised by the original finish that was uneven. The hands have been repainted to match the finish of the body well. His wonderful character face more than makes up for any lack in body type.
CLOTHING: The light blue denim jumpsuit and matching cap are not original to the doll but sure fit him well! It is accented with cheery red decorative buttons but the actual closures are snaps. He has black vintage knit socks and vintage black leather shoes.
CONDITION: Very Good with no cracks, hairlines or repairs to the bisque head. I try to disclose all that I am aware of in an effort to build trust, but every antique will show have flaws and wear to some degree. The minor flaws on this doll will not show for display purposes and you can be confident that they will not detract from the enjoyment of this happy little boy! There is a short 1/8” or less kiln stress line in the inner corner of his right eye that is hardly noticeable and has been professionally filled. This narrow eye type is difficult to cut the eye opening on so this most definitely happened in the making. Two small cheek rubs have been professionally touched up as well as a pin-head sized rub on his lip. Please note the photo of the back of his head that shows a small firing flaw less than ¼” long. There is normal wear to the body with the above mentioned touch ups to various places and his original hands have been repainted and are a very good color match to the aged varnish on the rest of his body. Near the neck hole there is a firing line, which is stable and not considered damage or even a stress point.
Give your other dolls a boy to join in their fun! Set them in vignettes for display!
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The dog is a photo prop and not included.