19" (48 cm.) Bisque socket head, large blue glass sleep eyes, painted curly lashes, brushstroked and feathered brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth with very full outlined lips, impressed philtrum and chin dimples, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig, composition and wooden ball-jointed body. Condition: generally excellent, original body and body finish. Marks: 2033 BSW (in heart) 537 8. Comments: Bruno Schmidt, the model known as "Wendy", circa 1912. The model became known as "Wendy" after it appeared on the cover of an early doll book, Wendy and Friends by Madelaine Selfridge. Value Points: especially beautiful model with distinctive sculpting, especially of nose and mouth, and with impressed chin and philtrum dimples, beautifully formed mouth, all enhanced by finest quality of bisque, original factory chemise dress, shoes and socks. $7000/9000
16 1/2" (42 cm.) Bisque socket head, small blue glass sleep eyes, dark eyeliner, painted lashes, lightly-feathered brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth with pensive expression, accent line between the very full lips, pierced ears, brunette mohair wig, composition and wooden ball-jointed body. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 1448 Simon & Halbig S&H 7. Comments: Simon and Halbig, circa 1912. Value Points: outstanding example of the rare German doll, with finest luminous bisque and rich glaze on lips, original body and body finish, beautiful antique silk dress, undergarments, shoes and with bone-handled blue silk parasol.
20" (51 cm.) Mohair teddy bear in rich cinnamon color has swivel head, pronounced snout, stitched ears, black shoe-button eyes, brown embroidered nose and mouth, hump at back torso, elongated jointed arms, hip-jointed legs, large feet, felt paw pads, with Steiff black metal button in ear. Excellent condition. Germany, Steiff, circa 1905. Rare early model with rich cinnamon mohair
20" (51 cm.) Mohair teddy in golden-apricot color has center-seam construction of swivel head, stitched ears, black shoe-button eyes, black embroidered nose and mouth, pronounced back torso hump, elongated jointed arms, hip-jointed legs with large feet, felt paw pads. With original Steiff button in ear with underscored F. Generally excellent, mohair worn a tad on nose, few spots on paw pads. Germany, Steiff, circa 1905, very rare center-seam model especially in this color.
16" (41 cm.) Of lush curly pale-golden mohair, swivel head with elongated shaved snout, open mouth with felt lining, brown embroidered nose tip, amber glass eyes, stitched ears, short arms and hip-jointed legs, felt paw pads, free-standing, studded leather collar, brass bell. With original Steiff metal button in ear with underscored F and remnants of original red cloth tag indicating pre-1934 production. Excellent condition. Germany, Steiff, the bear was marketed as "Teddy Baby", circa 1930, and is very rare to find.
12" (30 cm.) All-cloth doll with pressed and oil-painted head, complexion, hair, and facial features, brown painted hair in thick-impasto painting technique, with side part and little curls at the side forehead, painted brown eyes, white eyedots, red and black upper eyeliner, long curly lashes, brown single-stroke brows, stitched ears, oil-painted stitch-jointed body, separate thumbs, defined fingers, wearing fine antique costume including great coat with velvet trim, and having an antique photograph pin depicting man with side-parted hair. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: Martha Chase, circa 1920. Value Points: rarity factors include petite size, brown hair color, brown eyes, and very rare hair style.
7" (18 cm.) The simple wooden toy features two hand-carved wooden birds posed atop a wooden platform with center bellows, with carved trees and flowers, and the bellows arrangement attached to a wooden platform with wooden wheels. When the bellows is squeezed, the birds seems to chirp and one bird vigorously bobs its head up and down, appearing to peck at the flower seeds of a large sunflower. Original hand-painted finish is well-preserved, and mechanism and squeak function well. Germany, mid-1800s.
8" (20 cm.) x 6". Portrait painting on board of woman in black dress and lace-edged black cap with embroidered streamers, posed in front of a red-curtained window, the woman with gentle expression and hint of smile, and the costume enhanced with touches of enhancing glaze; in original ebony frame with gilt oval medallion center. Ink script on the reverse of painting reads "Esther Francis aged 53, 1884" and with illegible name of artist. Excellent condition. American, 1884.
18" (46 cm.) Cloth doll with pressed and oil-painted complexion and facial features, center-parted hair with two shaded ringlet curls in front of each stitch-shaped ear, and then forming into ringlet curls that tumble onto her nape, outlined brown eyes, lightly stroked brows, rounded nose, closed mouth, firmly stuffed body with stitch jointing at shoulders, elbows, hips and knees, defined applied thumbs, oil-painted hands and lower legs, painted black ankle boots with lacing, antique costume which may be original. Condition: very good, original finish with some scuffing. Comments: circa 1865, Izannah Walker, the Pawtucket, Rhode Island, doll creator who obtained a patent for her dolls in 1873, but likely had been making them previously for some time. Her patent described her purpose was to create a doll that is "easily kept clean and not apt to injure a young child which may fall upon it. It will preserve its appearance for a long time." Value Points: rare ringlet curled hair style with enhancing detail of shaded color, painted ankle boots.