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LEFT: The head has a
"just awake" expression.
The head is marked:
Germany//G. 327 B.//
A.3.M.//DRGM25g.
RIGHT: This 8 ½-inch baby

has a baby body but not
a baby head. The head
carries the AM 390 mark.
This common Armand
Marseille head with the
390-mold number denotes
a "dolly" type socket head.
Perhaps the head was
available at the time and
used to make a baby in
the factory or was a put
together by someone later.
Often earlier heads with
their hair cut short were
used to represent babies.
From the collection of
Linda Holderbaum.

LEFT: The Sears, Roebuck and
Company catalog from 1912
featured several "full balljointed dolls with perfectly
formed bodies, ready for
dressing." "Baby Ruth"
character dolls were offered
in five sizes from 7 ¾-inches
to 14-inches. The bisque head
babies were called character
dolls "because the model of
both heads and bodies are
copied after living children."
RIGHT: "Crying Character

Babies" were also offered in
1912 by Sears, Roebuck and
Company. The two larger
sizes of these dolls came with
"decorated bisque hoods held
under the chin with ribbons."
A crying voice could be
heard when you pressed the
shoulders down. The sizes
available were 6 ¾-inch, 8
¾-inch and 10 ½-inch.

natural facial expressions." The 211 mold was Kestner's first "Natural Baby."
One of their most popular was "Hilda." She came out in 1914 and was made
into the 1920s. Hilda was even produced in mulatto and black skin tones.
In addition to these new character-type heads, the composition bodies also
changed from the traditional ball-jointed bodies to five-piece baby bodies. The
arms and legs were molded in natural curved positions as one piece, depicting
a seated baby. Bodies made for the Kestner babies have the left hand curved in
and the right hand curved out. This change in style also allowed the bodies to
be much easier to produce and assemble in the factory.
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