Antique bisque head Belton type doll
The common characteristic's of
Belton-type dolls are: a solid bisque dome head, an uncut
pate with one, two or three holes. Belton type dolls are
found sized 9 to 24" tall, usually a bisque socket head on a
composition jointed body, but occasionally a bisque shoulder head on a kid
body is found. Belton type dolls, usually do not have a doll makers
initial or symbol in the marking, only a
size number or mold number.
Belton-type dolls are not attributed to any single antique doll maker,
dolls are probably German, but usually attributed to the French. It's
also possible, Belton-type dolls were made in both countries.
See below for examples of antique bisque head
Belton type dolls
made between 1870 to early 1900's
Antique Belton type doll is 14 1/2" tall, has
a bisque socket solid dome head with two holes (her full face is shown
above), wigged, feathered
eyebrows, painted upper and lower eyelashes, glass sleep eyes, closed open
mouth, unpierced ears, a Sonneberg ball jointed composition body with
Doll is marked with a size number only, number 8.
The above antique Belton type doll is 11" tall, has a
solid dome bisque shoulder head with one center hole, wigged, heavy
feathered eyebrows, glass eyes, painted upper and lower eyelashes, closed
mouth, chin dimple, unpierced ears, on a kid gusseted body with bisque
lower arms. Doll is marked with just a mold number 106.
Note: Belton type dolls are
not attributed to any single doll
maker German, French or other, hence the dolls are known by the
"type" of doll, a Belton.
Some Belton type doll incised mold or size numbers identified
6/0, 3, 9, 10, 50, 100, 117, 120,
122, 129, 137, 154,
183, 185, 190, 193, 207-7, 3094 1/2, 3095,
Bahr & Pröschild
belton doll molds
Oriental belton doll molds
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