Heubach 250

Salvaged socket head (circumference 6 inches) with open mouth and upper teeth. Marked 'Heubach Koppelsdorf 250 Germany'. [Coleman's Encyclopaedia of Dolls Vol I Figure 796 Page 294.]

Restored as child using a reproduction composition body with reproduction: fixed glass eyes, skin wig, silk clothes and bonnet, and cotton underclothes. See below for further construction details.

Made by Ernst Heubach 1887-1932 porcelain factory in Koppelsdorf Germany. This is a smaller version of the company's standard 'dolly faced' doll. The firm merged with Armand Marseille in 1919 but they separated again in 1932.

This is a sweet dolly-faced doll which was a pleasure to put (back) together. She has single stroke eyebrows, and an open mouth, possibly originally with red paper behind as a tongue, (I used a small piece of felt at the back of the mouth in place of a tongue). She would almost undoubtedly originally have had sleep-eyes.

In order to 'rescue' her everything other than the ceramic head and original painting is new; I believe I lightly painted over her original eyelashes (which had faded to white) with black acrylic paint. I added new stationary blue blown-glass eyes (supplied by Sheer Elegance) and used a reproduction composition milette (7.5 inch) body from a mould by Seeleys. I made the wig using mohair skin, cut and sewn to fit the head. The pate was made by recycling cardboard used to transport fruit. The dress is of a pale blue china silk which is a perfect weight for dolls, and does not have a slub texture. I used cotton lace - not vintage but very pretty. The dress pattern is from the Gildebrief magazine (1999 Volume 01) shown in blue on a small KR117; I had to make the dress smaller and change the bonnet for a wired cap. The shoes are made from blue gloving leather offcuts using the Goody Twoshoes workbook on doll shoes. The socks are hand knitted using the pattern from a pattern leaflet Yesterdays Knitting Patterns for Antique and Reproduction Dolls [Doll Designs by Patricia Evans and Jane Woodbridge]

Other references in The Art of Dolls 1700-1940 Madeline Osborne Merrill [Figure 663, Page 290] and Heubach Character Dolls and Figurines Lydia Richter and Karin Schmelcher [Figure 237, Page130].