SFBJ Unis France Doll

Name: SFBJ Unis France Doll

Made by and When: Societe Francaise de Fabrication de Bebes et Jouets (SFBJ) of Unis France, circa 1910

Material: Bisque and composition

Marks: Unis France 60 (on head)

Height: 8-1/2 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black mohair wig/black glass stationary eyes/open mouth with four teeth and red lip color

Clothes: Multicolored, sewn-on island-style taffeta dress, bead-embellished madras headwrap, and a string-bead necklace

Other: This cabinet-size doll has a bisque socket head and a composition body, arms, and legs. In 1899 French doll makers formed or joined an alliance named SFBJ, which stands for Société Française de Fabrication de Bébé & Jouet. “Early members included Adolphe Bouchet, Bru Jne et Cie, Falck-Roussel No. 31, Fleischmann & Bloedel (or Blödel), François Gaultier, A. Benoit Gobert, Jumeau, May Fréres No.15, Pintel & Godchaux, Rabery & Delphieu (Genty), Frédéric Remignard, Arthur Wertheimer and probably Henry Ulhenhuth & Cie.” (Société Française de Fabrication de Bébé & Jouets 1899-1958) Brown SFBJ dolls like this Unis France doll were made in a variety of sizes and usually dressed in islander attire.

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