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Simon & Halbig Dolls: The Artful Aspect Hardcover – December 1, 1984

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This valuable reference book concerns itself with the beautiful doll heads produced by the Simon & Halbig porcelain factory in Grafenhain near Ohrduf, Thuringen, Germany, from the 1880s to the 1920s. These beautiful, high quality dolls heads are a close second choice to the heads made by the J.D. Kestner company, also of Germany. Such well-known names in the German and French doll industry as Kammer & Reinhardt, C.M. Bergmann, Heinrich Handwerck, Jumeau and Roullet & Decamps purchased doll heads from Simon & Halbig and attached them to their own bodies.

Simon & Halbig was known for excellent sculpting of their doll heads, and the high quality of their bisque (porcelain). Among collectors, a Simon & Halbig head, regardless of the maker of the body, makes that doll a Simon & Halbig creation. Consequently, the doll heads illustrated in this book on another doll maker's bodies could all come under the designation "Simon & Halbig".

The author's extensive research, as well as the 539 black-and-white and 26 color illustrations make this an invaluable reference work for the serious collector. Included here are chapters on their well-known dolly faces, character dolls, all-bisques, toddlers and lady dolls. Studying the extensive selection of faces and memorizing the mold numbers will enable a collector to identify a Simon & Halbig doll from a distance. All this and more makes this compilation of mold numbers, dates and marks the most complete and up-to-date reference book available to collectors on Simon & Halbig doll heads.

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This valuable reference book concerns the doll heads produced by the Simon & Halbig porcelain factory from the 1880s until the 1920s. These high quality doll heads were made for and sold to many firms including some of those in France such as Jumeau and Roullet & Decamps. German doll firms using these heads include Kammer & Reinhardt, C.M. Bergmann and Heinrich Handwerck.

The author's extensive research as well as the 539 black and white and 26 color photographs make this an invaluable reference for the serious doll collector. Included are dolly faces, character dolls, all-bisques, toddlers and lady dolls. The most complete listing to date of mold numbers, dates and marks serves to help the collector identify the dolls made with Simon & Halbig heads.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Hobby House Press (December 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875882196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875882192
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Kane on June 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book was written by my favorite antique doll expert. Mrs. Jan Foulke has been writing very informative doll books for a long time. This book is a fabulous guide about Simon & Halbig dolls. It has lots of info on the company, the various marks used, the kinds of bodies the heads were paired with and shows dolls made for other companies such as Kammer & Reinhardt, Heinrich Handwerck, Jumeau, CM Bergmann, and a plethora of others.

It shows almost every model that was ever made and has lots of photos and info on each mold. This book has taught me a lot and has helped me identify dolls in my collection. In the back, the book also tells you what year each particular mold was created. Not only is this a highly recommended reference, it is a beautiful hardcover book as well.

If you like antique German bisque head dolls, especially ones made by S&H, this book would be a wonderful one to add to your collection. I also have her Kestner: King Of Doll Makers book too. It is just like this book and I simply adore it. I am hoping she will come out with new ones one day because I can't get enough books on S&H and Kestner dolls.

Her doll price guide books are a must have as well. I buy them every year and am looking forward to buying her latest one soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Ilgen on December 3, 2011
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This is THE book on Simon & Halbig dolls. A very neccessary book for your Doll Book Library. I would like to see this book re-released with better/more pictures, but this is a great book and glad I have it to refer to when needed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rosario Robin on March 27, 2012
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I am a huge Jan Foulke fan. She is very well respected in the doll collecting community and this book is a classic must have for antique doll collectors and lovers. There are not too many really great books on Antique dolls that go into such detail. Jan Foulke is to me the authority on Antique bisque dolls. This is a book that as a collector you will cherish. It has detailed photos, decriptions and tells about mold numbers and is a really great learning tool. The internet can't compare to having a great book such as this. You will love it!
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By Vivian Lee on August 14, 2014
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Great book with fabulous photos! Fun to read even if you are not a collector
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Mozeley on September 12, 2005
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I was disappointed that more head mold numbers were not available. I will need to look elsewhere to continue my research.
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