It appears to be in the original finish. The sleeves of the blouse are sewn at the wrists, so I cannot entirely remove the outfit to photograph the entire body. I have removed the clothing to the extent possible and added photographs of the body. He would be a stand-out in any collection! Very Beautiful 25 Simon & Halbig #979 with bisque socket head featuring softly feathered eyebrows, finely painted upper and lower eyelashes, STUNNING brown sleep eyes with much depth, dot accents at the inside corners of the eyes, accented nostrils, open mouth with shaded and accented lips, two upper square cut upper teeth and one lower square tooth, very delicate decoration of the bisque, pierced ears (for the French doll trade), antique mohair wig, and on an early wood and composition 8-ball jointed body with straight wrists.
The bisque is of very fine quality with superb modeling and decoration of the bisque. There is a line in the low neck socket area of the head near the mold line on the dolls left lower neck which is probably from the original kiln firing of the head. The line is very faint and is not seen unless you light the head from the inside. The line starts at the bottom of the neck socket and comes up to about 1.5 inches below the dolls left ear.
This is not a typical place for damage, so I think it probably occurred during the manufacturing of the head. The doll wears a superb costume of Dauphin featuring a wonderful velvet jacket with much decoration, blouse, trousers, undergarment, socks, and beautiful antique tan leather lace up shoes. The costume fits the doll like a glove and I do not want to remove it for fear of damaging the outfit. On the blouse, the cuffs are sewn together at the wrists. Through careful examination of the body through the clothing, as much as I can tell, the body appears to be in excellent condition and in the original finish.The Simon & Halbig 979 model is rarely found and has a very unique face! He would be a stand-out doll in the finest of collections!
There is a line in the lower neck socket of the bisque head which is probably from the original firing of the head. The line is not seen unless you light the head from the inside. The line starts at the very bottom of the neck socket and comes up to about 1.5 inches below the dolls left ear.Her outfit is superb and is in overall excellent condition with some mends to the silk pants. The blouse is sewn at the sleeves and was not removed to photograph the body.
I have examined the body through the clothing where I could and the body seems to be in excellent condition and in the original finish with a craze line on the underneath side of one finger. 979 15 (incised on back of head). The doll will be professionally packed in a strong box (36 x 15 x 15) with reinforcement. The item "RARE 25 Simon & Halbig #979, Open Mouth, Square Teeth, Superb Antique Costume" is in sale since Friday, April 5, 2019.
This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\Antique (Pre-1930)\Bisque\German". The seller is "webantiqueshop" and is located in Manhattan, Kansas.This item can be shipped worldwide.