Here is an early Jules Steiner French Gigoteur Bebe from approximately 1870. She is 22 tall (rarer large size) and has a very pretty face unlike some of these who are down right scary looking! Face is smiling with the open mouth and pointy teeth. No hairlines or breaks in her round solid dome head. There is a tiny chip on left lower inner eyelid (common) and this is the only head flaw.
Pierced ear holes are not chipped. Coloring is great, pale bisque with peachy paint. She has spiral threaded blue eyes with a few small scratches. Body limbs are not chipped and there is still pink outlining on finger and toenails. Crude cloth covered body is intact and in good to fair shape.There is remnant of Steiner label on chest. The head is fixed and does not move. The windup mechanism works though I was only able to crank it with a set of needlenose pliers because the key is gone. I have ordered two replacement keys and assume one of them will fit. Kid lower body is supple albeit discolored. She has a replacement skin wig that is adorable. She wears complete antique baby outfit consisting of cotton split drawers, petticoat, underdress, ribbon trimmed pinafore and froufrou bonnet. This is a darling example of the famous Gigoteur bebe.
Please see photos as they are part of description. The item "Antique Jules Steiner Gigoteur bebe doll PRETTY FACE!
Large one 22 tall" is in sale since Wednesday, January 6, 2021. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\Antique (Pre-1930)\Bisque\French".The seller is "west2york1" and is located in Mansfield, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.