Simon & Halbig All Bisque Doll

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Description of Doll for Sale

For your pleasure a cute example of a 7 1/2 inch all bisque mold 886 doll made in Germany by Simon & Halbig. The doll is all bisque with a 5 piece body with a kid lined swivel head. The head has glass sleep eyes, an open mouth with four inset teeth and a mohair wig. The 886 mold was made starting in the 1880's. The body carries the label of Au Nain Bleu which is a prestigious Paris toy shop. The store contracted with many high end makers in France and Germany to provide dolls that they dressed and sold as store exclusives. The label indicates that while Simon & Halbig made the doll it was sold to Au Nain Bleu who dressed it and sold it as an Au Nain Bleu doll in their shop in Paris.

The bisque body is in amazing original condition with elaborately molded and painted shoes with 4 straps and high socks. There appears there was a fifth strap molded into the feet but it was painted into the toe of the shoes when the legs were made.  Bisque dolls like this typically suffer chips at the arm and leg joints and chipped fingers. The only marks seen on the body are from the factory which do not affect the value of the doll.

The doll is wearing a long antique christening gown. The gown is very finely made and is the quality expected for Au Nain Bleu. Based on the material, workmanship and condition it appears to be original to the doll and likely dates to the 1880's or 1890's.  The dress has an organdy overlay in a pink satin liner.  It has very fine lace trim with inset silk ribbons.  Under the dress is a long slip with pleats and matching lace trim and under this is a matching set of lace trimmed bloomers.  The hat has an elaborate wired with an amazing organdy frill framing the face with additional ribbon trim.  Au Nain Bleu obviously spared no expense dressing a doll that is only 7 1/2 inches tall. 

body mark

AU Nain Bleu


Bd. des Capucines, 27


The marks on the head are very faint and partially covered by the wig.  I was not able to get a photograph of them.  The face and body style is definitely that of the Simon & Halbig 886.  There is an original AU Nain Bleu label on the body.

Condition of Doll for Sale

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The bisque head  and body is perfect with no chips, cracks or repairs.  The edges of the body parts and the stringing holes do have some irregularities done in the factory during the  unmolding and cleaning of the parts before the body was fired and painted.  (see pictures) You can click the pictures to see close-ups of the condition.


The dress and hat are in original condition with no stains, foxing or repairs.  Some of the ends of the ribbons have some fraying but are still sound.  The eye wax has darkened some and is a little worn on the left eye. 

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: $1,800.00 Shipping & Insurance: $29.00 Dollnum: #295

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