Antique Schmitt et Fils bébé is 19 1/2" tall, pressed bisque socket head,
jointed wood and composition body with flat bottom, jointed at
shoulders, elbows, hips and knees, non-jointed
straight wrists, mohair wig, pale bisque coloring with lightly blushed
cheeks, oval paperweight eyes lined in black with a hint of eye shadow,
short painted lashes, feathered brows, closed painted lined mouth, pierced ears
Maurice Schmitt began his company in 1853 in Paris, France making fancy goods &
It's believed Henri Schmitt began making
bisque or composition papier mache head dolls about 1867. Henri and
son (Frederic) Charles Schmitt formed
Schmitt et Fils (son) in 1877 to manufacture toys and bébés (dolls) until 1891.
In 1877 they were also granted a patent for improved coloring, tinting of
porcelain shoulder heads for bébés and dolls and registered their trade mark of
two crossed hammers on a schield with SCH.
In 1878 Schmitt et Fils won a silver medal at the Paris Exposition for their
dolls and bébés.
From 1879-1891 Schmitt's specialty was a doll
called Bébé Schmitt supposedly an indestructible jointed Bébé
who they also exported. In 1883 they obtained a patent for a layer
of wax to be applied to the pressed bisque heads, which they believed enhanced
the appearance and durability of the dolls. Schmitt's French bébés dolls are of superior quality, high value and
very desirable by collectors today.
Schmitt et Fils doll mark two crossed
hammers on a shield, initials SCH on both head and body registered in 1878