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Catalog Number 10743-25
Title Doll; Bisque & Kid; Girl; Simon & Halbig
Object Name Doll
Description Doll with painted bisque head and hands, and kid body. She has fixed blue glass eyes. Her mouth is slightly open showing her teeth. A small triangle is painted on the lower lip. She has a painted face. She is wearing a wig made of blonde human hair. She is wearing a white dress, slip, bloomers, and bonnet. She has light blue stockings & shoes,
Date 1910, earlier
Year Range from 1910
Year Range to 1910
Culture German
Material ceramic (bisque), leather, fabric, hair, glass, paint
Made Simon & Halbig
Place of Origin Germany
Makers mark S&H 1250 DEP GERMANY 5 1/2
Used USA: Iowa, Hinton
Height (in) 17.5
Width (in) 7
People James, Helen (Hensel)
History Mae Hensel Mason received this doll in 1913. Her mother, Amelia Leutzinger Hensel, was in at St. Joseph hospital in Sioux City, IA. The night before she passed away, someone left this doll, which was dirty and in ragged clothing. The Sisters at the hospital gave the doll to eight year old Mae. Mae cleaned the doll and made clothes and a wig from her mother's hair. The clothes had 60 yards of lace. Years later, when Mae's sister Helen Hensel James had her 40th birthday, Mae gave her the doll as a gift. The girls grew up in Hinton, Iowa and later came to Nebraska.

The doll's head was made by German doll maker Simon & Halbig. The company was founded in the 1870s.
Credit line Helen Hensel James and Mae Hensel Mason, Wayne (Wayne), Nebraska
Collection James, Helen Hensel & Mason, Mae Hensel