30" (76 cm.) Bisque swivel head on kid-edged bisque shoulderplate with modeled bosom and shoulderblades, brown glass paperweight inset eyes, thick dark eyeliner, painted lashes, brushstroked brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth with painted outline of teeth between the accented lips, pierced ears, brunette human hair over cork pate, very plump French kid gusset-jointed bebe body with bisque lower arms and distinctively-sculpted hands. Condition: generally excellent, very sturdy body with few minor kid patches. Marks: (circle dot symbol at back of head) Bte SGDG (rim of forehead). Comments: Leon Casimir Bru, early period bebe, circa 1878, the rare size and luxury quality indicate the doll was likely created as an exhibition model. Value Points: exceptionally fine quality of bisque, sculpting and painting, perfect bisque hands, fabulous antique magenta silk costume, signed Bru shoes.
5" (13 cm.) All-wooden doll with one-piece head and torso, oval-shaped head, elongated throat, wooden arms and legs, enamel eyes, dainty brows, blush spot on each cheek, tiny closed mouth, mohair wig under coiffe, and wearing early silk gown with pannier side panels. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: English-style age uncertain. Value Points: rare tiny model with original painting, wonderful presence.
12" (30 cm.) x 12" framed. The needlework sampler on homespun linen is accented with cross stitch designs of trees, flowers and birds, and beseeches the reader to forbear "gushing tears" for the "dear departed saint". Excellent condition. American, 18th century.
14" (36 cm.) x 11" framed. Each stitched on loosely-woven homespun fabric, with simple details of floral and vine designs, alphabet and numbers, and one with stitched date "Nov.13,1799". Excellent condition.
15" (38 cm.) h. x 15"l. x 11"w. The walnut bed with fancily carved high posts is highlighted by a paneled high head board, and is fitted with brocade bed covers and pillow. Excellent condition. In the English manner, age uncertain.
13" (33 cm.) One-piece carved wooden head and torso, egg-shaped head, elongated throat, shapely front torso, flat-carved back torso, cloth upper arms, wooden lower arms with spatula-shaped hands, wooden legs with dowel jointing at hips and knees, enamel inset eyes with outlined lips, dot-shaped brows, blush spot on each cheek, closed mouth in firm line, brunette hand-tied human hair wig. Condition: generally excellent, small paint flake on side of neck. Comments: English, circa 1780. Value Points: desirable petite size and fine original finish, the lady is wearing original cotton gown with transfer print of colorful flowers, embroidered linen petticoat.
15" (38 cm.) Having dark finish, the bed features exuberantly carved head and foot boards framed by spindled posters, and is fitted with three handmade early miniature quilts in fine calico patterns. Excellent condition. American, mid-1800s, an exceptional model in well-preserved state.
15" (38 cm.) All-wooden doll with one-piece head and torso, carved details of face and hair with painted-over-gesso finish, well-defined eye sockets, painted brown eyes, black and red upper eyeliner, single-stroke brows, closed mouth, sculpted finger curls, dowel-jointing at shoulders, elbows, hips and knees, metal lower arms and legs, painted blue ankle boots, antique costume. Condition: generally excellent, nose rub, finish worn on hands. Comments: Joel Ellis, circa 1875. Value Points: hard-to-find larger size of the sturdy American doll.
12" (30 cm.) Carved wooden doll with paint-over-gesso finish, swivel head, rich black complexion, black short curly hair, painted midnight-brown upper-glancing eyes, closed mouth, dowel-jointing at shoulders, elbows, hips and knees, metal hands and feet with painted blue heeled ankle boots, antique costume. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: Joel Ellis, circa 1875. Value Points: rare black-complexioned model from the New England doll and toy carriage maker is wonderfully-preserved.
18" (46 cm.) Cloth doll with pressed and oil-painted complexion and facial features, brown shaded hair with shaped 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 with accent line between the lips, firmly stuffed body with stitch jointing at shoulders, elbows, hips and knees, defined applied thumbs, unusual original blue sateen body cover, oil-painted hands and lower legs, fine antique costume. Condition: good, typical craquelure on face and shoulderplate, outer gleaming patina is rubbed to matte. 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 for some time previously. 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: this most prized of early American folk dolls has rare body style with blue sateen body cover and fine antique dress which is likely original.