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Belton type doll 14 1/2", antique bisque socket head face

Antique bisque head Belton type doll

Belton-type dolls are not attributed to any single antique doll maker, dolls are probably German, but usually attributed to the French.  It's also possible, Belton-type dolls were made in both countries. 

 

The common characteristic's of Belton-type dolls are: a bisque solid dome head, an uncut pate with one, two or three holes.  Belton type dolls are found sized 9" to 24" tall, usually a bisque socket head on a composition jointed body, but occasionally a bisque shoulder head on a kid body is found.  Belton-type dolls do not have a doll makers initials or symbol marking, they are only marked with a size number or mold number.    

                  

See below for more examples of antique bisque head Belton type dolls 1870-1900

 

Belton type doll, 14 1/2" Sonneberg composition body

Antique Belton type doll is 14 1/2" tall, has a bisque socket solid dome head with two holes (her full face is shown above), wigged, feathered eyebrows, painted upper and lower eyelashes, glass sleep eyes, closed open mouth, unpierced ears, a Sonneberg ball jointed composition body with straight wrists.  Doll is marked with a size number only, number 8.

Belton type doll 14 1/2", solid dome  head, two holes, size 8

 

Belton type doll 11", shoulder head, kid body

Belton type doll 11" bisque solid dome head, face

Belton type doll 11", solid dome head, one hole, mold 106

 

The above antique Belton type doll is 11" tall, has a bisque shoulder solid dome head with one center hole, wigged, heavy feathered eyebrows, glass eyes, painted upper and lower eyelashes, closed mouth, chin dimple, unpierced ears, on a kid gusseted body with bisque lower arms.  Doll is marked with just a mold number 106. 

 

Note: Belton type dolls are not attributed to any single doll maker German, French or other, hence the dolls are known by the "type" of doll a Belton.

 

Some Belton type doll incised mold numbers identified - 100, 106, 117, 120, 129, 137, 154, 183, 185, 190, 193

Belton Oriental doll molds 129 or 193 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 200 series, Unknown German doll mark 809, 813, 900 TR

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