Antique French 22 1/2" SFBJ Bisque Head Doll , circa 1899, made at the beginning of SFBJ era, with SIMON & HALBIG 1078 Head and Jumeau body, body has a label which says "Bebe Jumeau Diplome d'honneur made for the French market. At this time this was the new Jumeau body used on more expensive Jumeau dolls. When Societe Francaise de fabrication de Bebe's & Jouts, PARIS FRANCE started making dolls in 1899, early in production to compete with the cheaper German dolls, they used German heads.
Simon Halbig heads in particular are found on SFBJ dolls because of their high quality. Buyers back then never knew that the heads were not French, because wigs we glued on heads hiding the markings on backs of heads. If you want to verify this check THE COLLECTORS HISTORY OF DOLLS book by Constance Eileen King page 375.
Also check out a French book (in French) by Francois Theimer " Histoire et la SFBJ " page 64. Her head is in perfect condition and is incised 1078 Germany SIMON & HALBIG S&H and 11.
There is also a red JUMEAU artist check mark on the heads top border. She has big dark brown sleeping eyes with mohair lashes, the eyes work perfectly. Open mouth with teeth, and pierced ears.Bisque head has no flaws, no hairlines, no cracks no chips or any restoration. This doll has her original Jumeau body marked with the label "Bebe Jumeau Diplome d'honneur". Paint chips on body have been repaired and looks very nice.
This body is the Jumeau voice box model and the "mama" and papa works very well when you pull her strings. Doll head has her original CORK pate to attach her nice brown wig. She is wearing antique pantaloons and chemise.
Her black cotton socks and white shoes, and beautiful dark red dress and matching hat could be original. The item "Antique French SFBJ Bisque Head Doll With S&H 1078 Head And Jumeau Body" is in sale since Saturday, September 5, 2020. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\Antique (Pre-1930)\Bisque\French". The seller is "dennihuyvaer-9" and is located in Geneseo, Illinois.
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