Black Simon & Halbig Doll, ca. 1915

Value (2014) | $5,000 Retail$6,000 Retail
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GUEST:
About 25 years ago my husband's great-aunt gave me the doll, she had never married and had no children, but she loved dolls. She's such a charming doll, I've always really loved her, and particularly her fine features.

APPRAISER:
It's a very nice doll, she was made after 1900, anywhere between 1910 and 1920. She was made by a German firm called Simon & Halbig. And they made dolls from about 1869 on forward. Not only did they make dolls, they also made heads for other doll firms.

GUEST:
Oh!

APPRAISER:
And yours is very unusual, I see few black dolls.

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
And also, I see fewer black dolls with black features. And when they have black features, it makes them worth more, 'cause a lot of times they took the white mold and painted it black.

GUEST:
Oh, just painted it.

APPRAISER:
So it actually had Caucasian or white features, rather than black features.

GUEST:
Yeah, yeah.

APPRAISER:
They came in all different sizes, the largest size I've ever seen is 24 inch. The smallest size is 12 inch. It's marked on the back of the head, if you turn it around, just marked Simon & Halbig, and the mold number is 1358. And if you see the two string holes, that was to hold the eyes in when they shipped it to keep them from wobbling.

GUEST:
Oh!

APPRAISER:
If you notice, she has glass eyes

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
They open and close, I noticed that she only had one earring. The clothes are not original, someone added the clothes later on.

GUEST:
Right. How about the shoes and socks, do you they are original?

APPRAISER:
No.

GUEST:
Oh, okay.

APPRAISER:
I think they were added later on.

GUEST:
I thought they might be.

APPRAISER:
Yeah... The shoes would have been a little bit better quality than this. In today's market, this doll is worth between $5,000 and $6,000, retail.

GUEST:
Okay.

Appraisal Details

Appraised value (2014)
$5,000 Retail$6,000 Retail
Event
Richmond, VA (August 17, 2013)
Category
Dolls

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