Franz Schmidt 293 Wedding Dolls

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Description of Doll for Sale

This is a beautiful example of a 7 inch pair of antique Franz Schmidt 293 bisque head dolls dressed in all original French provincial wedding costumes. The costumes are from the Breton region of Brittany in France. The dolls were bought from Franz Schmidt (a German company) by a French store which made the costumes and sold them as a store exclusive. Based on the marks on the heads they are antique dolls made in the late 1890's up to 1902. 

They come from a collection of dolls purchased in France for the grandmother of the current owner. The grandmother was born in 1903.  The two other dolls in the collection were purchased from the French toy store Au Nain Bleu.  It is likely the pair was  bought from Au Nain Bleu as well.  The costumes and dolls do not have any tags to confirm this association but the workmanship is definitely up to the standards of Au Nain Bleu.

The dolls have bisque heads with glass sleep eyes with an open mouth with molded teeth and mohair wigs. They are on a 5 piece composition body with painted shoes and socks. They are wearing elaborate wool outfits. The outfits feature hand done turkey stitching, delicate wax flowers and sequins.  The bride has ribbed knit socks and wonderful satin shoes covering the painted shoes and the boy has gaiters covering most of the painted shoes. The bride has an apron over the dress which is lined plus a lace slip and matching bloomers.  The boy has tiny wax flowers in his boutineer and in the ties for his pantaloons. They would make a great wedding gift for any doll collector you know. 

Head Mark

293 (under wig)




The head is marked as shown.  The SC mark is for Schmidt & Company and was used until 1902 when Franz became the sole owner and the mark was changed to FS & Co.

Condition of Doll for Sale

The bisque heads are perfect with no chips, cracks or repairs. The bodies are in good condition with no crazing, chips repairs or repaint.  The clothes are in factory original condition with no stains, foxing or repairs. There is a few minor pin holed in the fabric one visible in the front of the boys pants.  (see pictures) You can click the pictures to see close-ups of the condition.

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This is an antique doll that will have some wear and imperfections expected in an antique or vintage doll.  I make every effort to describe all significant flaws in my descriptions and show them in the pictures.  Please read the description fully and examine all the pictures to be sure you understand the condition of the doll.  The pictures can be enlarged to show the doll in great detail.  If you have any questions or would like any additional information on this doll please email me and I will be glad to answer your question.  California residents are responsible for California Sales tax in addition to the purchase price shown.

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Availability: In Stock

Cost Price: $750.00 Shipping & Insurance: $18.00 Dollnum: #294

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Terms and Shipping

The shipping charge includes packaging, insurance and tracking information.  Dolls over $500 will require a signature when they are delivered. I sell and ship only to the continental US (no Alaska and Hawaii).  I often ship by UPS so the shipment must be to an address (no P.O. boxes).

All items are guaranteed to be as described on this page regarding condition, attribution and attire. If you purchase something from me and feel it is not as represented on this page please contact me by phone, email or postmarked letter within three days of receiving the item and I will gladly refund your full payment excluding shipping fees.  To get a refund the item must be returned in it's original condition and with all garments and accessories. If you do not contact me within three days of receiving the item, it is understood by both the buyer and the seller that the item is as described and a return privilege is no longer available.