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Unis France 60 Rosette Type 14â Antique French Bebe

Unis France 60 Rosette Type 14” Antique French Bebe


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Directory: Dolls: Antique Dolls: Bisque: French: Pre 1930: Item # 1419926
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Darling French bebe by SFBJ in their popular 60 mold with the numbers 71 and 194 next to the Unis France stamp on the back of her head. The very bottom of her neck looks like it's marked 5/6 or 2/6 or it might be 2/9 it's hard to read. She measures exactly 14” tall. She’s got a sweet French girl’s face with open mouth and big teeth, red lips, lots of painted lashes but also she has retained most of her original mohair lashes as well which are on rockers so she can sleep when in the laid down position. She is on a fully articulating wooden body with all fingers and for her age, circa 1920, she is in almost immaculate condition and appears that she was never played with at all. She retains all of her original undergarments, still sewn into place, stuffing for a pretend bosom, nailed down high stockings and nailed down shoes which were never removed. She is still on her original stringing and her arms can hold a pose or hold lighter things fine. Her legs can bend at the joints without issue although they don’t stay up for very long but she stands fine. Her head holds poses just fine; it is not too tight or too loose but leans back a little when laid down. She is in excellent antique condition with just a small area on her leg where the paint dried, so not a flaw. She has on a period costume of French design in bright red fabric trimmed in white lace with a matching bonnet and original old thin feather on it. The fabric is stiff like her undergarments. Amazing condition for the age and she displays beautifully. There are a few minor age related issues to the costume: some tears in the tulle part around the collar and a light tan spot to one of the stockings. These are just from age. Everything I have gently hand washed, even though she was already clean. Her cardboard pate is original to her but the wig is a vintage replacement. Her head is without chips, cracks or repairs. It has been lighted and there shows where the glue ran from where they placed the cork for the eye weight inside. It is nothing, I only mention it because it shows when they head it lighted. Some of it I cleaned off easily but there is a little more left. You see her in the last few photos with her little sister Bleuette, who is not included in the sale but just shown for size reference. This little bebe is the right height for Rosette, but her upper thigh length is only 3 ½”, and she is a 60 mold like Bleuette, so she is what we would call a Rosette type. She makes a perfect companion for Bleuette or other French dolls of the genre. It’s not as easy to find antique dolls in original condition since children undressed them and played with them, so for the collector who desires original, almost mint condition, she is about as close as they come.
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