French Bebe ; Porcelain Swivel Head Doll
Porcelain swivel-head doll head wears light brown mohair wig originally arranged in sausage curls. Doll has pierced ears with blue earrings, stationary brown glass eyes, brown feathered brows and lashes, an open mouth with six small teeth, coral cheeks and lips. Composition child's body has jointed shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips and knees. Undergarments consist of a one-piece white cotton batiste romper with narrow lace trim at neck, armholes, and leg openings; and a white cotton dotted Swiss half-slip with lace trim at the hem and a one-button closure in back. Yellow silk dress has three-quarter lenth sleeves, a band of lace running vertically down the center front, and a grosgrain ribbon encircling the waist and tied in a flat bow in front. Sleeves are gathered at the elbow and have a fine ribbon trim across the top that matches three rows of parallel bodice trim at at the neck and across the chest. The bodice also has green silk cap sleeves and a "vest" of the same fabric that attaches at the shoulder and side seams. Front bodice is lined with white cotton batiste and garment is hand-sewn. Green polished cotton jacket has wide cuffs and a pointed hemline. Collar, cuffs, and hemline are trimmed in green picot lace. Long stockings are white cotton knit. Shoes are white imitation suede with ribbon ties and a suede bow attached at instep with a small gold bead. Soles are cardboard.
French doll maker Rabery & Delphieu operated in Paris, France between 1856 and 1899, before joining S. F. B. J. This doll came to History Colorado in 1988 as part of the Bernice Lang doll collection. The doll was collected by either Bernice Lang, Wilmette (Minnie) Belle Jackson (Bernice's mother), or Lindy Lou Lang, Bernice's sister or mother-in-law as an addition to their doll collection. The doll is not thought to have been used by any of the three ladies as children. No further provenance is recorded in any records obtained by History Colorado.
Embossed in the back of the neck: R .2/0 D.