Simon and Halbig (fl.1839-1943)
A bisque-headed doll with inset brown glass eyes, open mouth with teeth and a blonde mohair wig (circa 1880). Cork and wood rectangular shaped body, jointed wooden legs and feet, jointed wooden arms, metal hands. Wearing a faded blue-green fabric bathing suit trimmed with lace on the bodice, neck and cuffs. The bottom half of the bathing suit is made of a cream chiffon trimmed with lace. The bathing suit is very worn and fragile. A metal key protruding from her stomach, presumably activates the clockwork mechanism which enables the doll's arms and legs to imitate a swimming action. The doll's posture is horizontal.
Marks and inscriptions
Back of head: 10.9/ HALBIG/ S and H/ Germany/ 2
Makers and roles
Simon and Halbig (fl.1839-1943), maker