Fabulous antique dolls highlighted by the private collection of Gail Nichols of Clarence, New York, and including keynote dolls from original family estates, a fine collection of rare automata and the Helen Welsh collection of animal and character dolls from the earliest years of the Steiff firm. 9" x 9". Softbound. 156 full-color pages.
23" (58 cm.) Composition socket head with sculpted hair in short side-parted bobbed curls that are brushed behind her defined ears,painted complexion and facial features,the blue eyes with decorative glaze on the black pupils lending a glass-like look,eye shadow,painted eyeliner and brows,closed mouth with impressed dimples at each lip corner,composition and wooden ball-jointed body,wearing original linen-like uniform,undergarments,shoes,stockings. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: maker unknown,the hair is in the style of 1930s. Value Points: rare mystery doll with most charming expression and artistic detail of painting.
8" (20 cm.) The velvet rabbit is cream-colored with air-brush brown spots,pink-lined ears,black shoe-button eyes with red felt edging,shaped nose,stitched mouth,with original green neck ribbon and bell. Excellent condition,especially good coloring. Germany,Steiff,with button in ear,circa 1910.
7" (18 cm.) including ears. The velvet rabbit is posed seated on back legs,front paws extended in begging pose,with air-brushed spots,black shoe-button eyes,and with original button in ear. Excellent condition. Germany,Steiff,circa 1915.
11" (28 cm.) Each is of wool felt with center-seamed face,black shoe-button eyes,painted features,mohair shaggy hair,jointing shoulders and hips,and each is wearing factory-original Bavarian style costume. Excellent condition. Germany,Steiff,each with button in ear,circa 1920.
13" (33 cm.) The firmly-stuffed wool felt giraffe with air-brushed brown giraffe spots has elaborate stitching,black shoe-button eyes,stitched-on ears,tail,short brown mane,and is posed on cast iron spoked-wheel base. Excellent condition. Germany,Steiff,the model was made from 1901-1909 only.
6 1/2" (17 cm.) l. of cushion. The velvet lion with air-brushed detail has black shoe-button eyes,lush mohair mane and tail tip,and is posed reclining on a green velvet cushion with cord braid. Excellent condition with vibrant color retained. Germany,Steiff,circa 1915.
9" (23 cm.) Of sienna-brown wool felt,the horse is posed on wooden wheels with metal bar attachment,and has leather ears,black bead eyes,black mane and tail,leather saddle and bridle,with button in ear. Excellent condition. Germany,Steiff,the horse was made from 1905-1936.
14" (36 cm.) Firmly-stuffed felt character with egg-shaped head having center-seam,shoe- button eyes,caricature face,upturned nose,stitched-on ears,red attached cap,big plump red felt stomach with painted circle designs,green felt jointed arms and jacket,long spindly jointed legs with patched knees and over-sized leather feet. Very good condition,some shelf dustiness. Steiff,from their premiere series of character dolls,representing the popular comic strip character of Happy Hooligan,1904-1927.
3 1/2" (9 cm.) l. The black velvet cat is posed with arched back and tail raised in classic attack pose,with glass eyes and embroidered red mouth. Excellent condition. Germany,maker uncertain,circa 1920.