Rare German Gebruder Heubach Character Boy Doll. 9355
H. 16 ½”.
Bisque shoulder head with short red human hair wig styled with bangs. He has brown glass sleep eyes, dimpled cheeks and open mouth with two upper teeth and tongue.
The kid leather torso and upper thighs and legs are old. The kid upper arms are attached to the torso but not as they may have been originally. The composition arms and hands are rough and the thumbs are chipped. Body is strange.
There is a little sawdust leaking where the lower legs join the upper legs or thighs.
Lower chunky legs and feet are composition. They are rough, repaired and repainted.
Identifying marks: 9355 incised 4 Germany and typical incised square Gebruder Heubach mark on the shoulder plate.
He did not come with clothing that is appropriate and the buyer may want to correct the body before having clothing made. He’s worth some effort to restore!
References: Book: Antique Trader’s Doll Makers & Marks by Dawn Herlocher. Page 198 lists 9355 as a Gebruder Heubach mold number. Also looked at page 21, in the book, Heubachs Little Characters by C.A. Stanton (Illustration14) appears similar.