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Posted 3 years ago


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Hello, someone can help me solving the mistery?
I would like to know which kind of doll is this one.
There is no markings at all, not even a number or something like that.
Her face maybe can help someone to help me? :)
Thanks a lot for any help!


  1. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    She is called a French Fashion doll . I see she has old leather arms but is her body all old leather with a tiny waist and a very prominent rear end ? I am perplexed because I never saw and antique bisque doll have so much lip paint missing . So I am reluctant to date her because of that . If her face felt more like wax I could see lip paint lose . Can you email the photo to me so I can enlarge it more . I reply her on CW
  2. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    French Fashion Dolls were dolls created in the 19th century to showcase the fashions of their day and to help teach young ladies how to gracefully grown into womanhood. The dolls are much prized today for their exceptionally detailed clothing and accessories--exceptional examples can be found today with complete trousseaus including everything from nightgowns to opera glasses to evening gowns. The dolls reigned for many years in the mid 19th century as the most deluxe dolls money could buy, until they were usurped by child dolls produced in Germany.
    Years of Production of French Fashion Dolls:

    The earliest French Fashion dolls were produced by companies including Huret and Rohmer in the 1850s and 1860s. The dolls were produced until approximately 1900, although the bulk of their production and their heyday in quality and artistic merit was from the 1850s through approximately 1885.
    Materials Used To Make French Fashion Dolls:

    The vast majority of French Fashion dolls have bisque heads, glass eyes, and leather bodies. The earliest French Fashion dolls had porcelain heads (glazed china) and early examples often had multi-jointed wood bodies. Other materials used to make French Fashion doll bodies included gutta percha, blown leather, and cloth. Some dolls had painted eyes; generally glass eyes are more highly prized. A few French Fashion doll heads have been found made with other materials, including rubber (few survive today).
    Companies That Made French Fashion Dolls:

    Companies that have made French Fashion dolls include Huret, Rohmer, Jumeau, Bru, Gaultier, Barrois, Simone, and many others.
    Marks on French Fashion Dolls:

    The vast majority of French Fashion dolls are unmarked as to the maker; they are generally only marked with a size number on the bisque shoulderplate. A few marks are known, including F.G. for Gaultier, and some Jumeau French Fashion dolls are marked. A few French Fashion dolls are stamped with the maker on the leather or cloth body
    The Demise of French Fashion Dolls:

    The French Fashion doll industry was extremely healthy for many years in the mid to late-1800s, with many shops in Paris, France devoted to the dolls and their accoutrements. However, in the 1880s, bisque child dolls(also made in France by companies such as Jumeau) and then in Germany, as the German dollmaking industry began a rapid ascendancy in the late 1880s. Soon, the cheaper Germany production crowded out most of the French production of both Bebes and French Fashion dolls (Poupees) out of the market, and by the late 1890s the French dollmaking industry was mostly history.
  3. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Can you show me part of her body even a foot ? The body style is important in a fashion doll . Is it wood or leather and again I know the clothes are fragile but we ususally photo nude to show body construction to id them. I got your email :-)
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    A great beauty!
  5. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thanks for all the photo's ,they helped , She is original and is most likely a Bru French Fashion or French Jumeau , They both are top of the line for doll collectors. She has a Bit of F.G Gesland look but I am saying Bru . Her outer dress may have been made later than her age . She is a high price doll so be careful with her . A real treasure !!!!
  6. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Watch this one . Similar to yours
  7. robinrobino, 3 years ago
    Dear Manikin, thank you very much for your help. Mistery solved! :)
  8. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Hi Roberto I am delighted to verify she is a Bru Fashion with extra photo's you suplied me with and is a magnificent doll that many only dream of owning . CW you should highlight this doll we get very few dolls of this highly sought after doll company and is only Bru we have ever had posted on site
    Good luck on your trip Roberto ! You have been a real pleasure to meet . I hope you share some of the other amazing dolls in your collection !

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