Heubach-Koppelsdorf #399 Character Baby

Name: Heubach-Koppelsdorf #399 Character Baby

Made by and When: Heubach-Koppelsdorf, 1920s

Material: Bisque head and composition baby-doll body

Marks: (On the head) Heubach Koppelsdorf/399·10/0·D·R·G·M/Germany.

Height: 9 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Painted, non-texturized black hair; tiny brown glass sleep eyes with hand painted upper and lower eyelashes; closed, full red painted lips; has red dot accents in the corners of the eyes and nostrils. A hole near each earlobe accommodates (missing) earrings.

Clothes: Usually dressed in an African tribal costume with grass skirt, two earrings, beaded bracelets and anklets, this doll wears a white knit outfit of hat, shirt, pants, and booties.

Other: This bisque socket head doll with a composition body was also released in several different small-to-large sizes. Some had straight legs. The HK 399 mold was only used for Black dolls.  The abbreviation D.R.G.M. stands for Deutsches Reichs Gebrauchs Muster. Marking products with the abbreviation D.R.G.M. or DRGM was a renewable, short-term pre-World War II way for inventors of any product to register designs in Germany without having to pay exorbitant copyright fees. (D.R.G.M.)

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Published by DeeBeeGee

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