Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Second Pair of Lederhosen

I was able to purchase a plastic doll for $12.00. The outfit on the doll fits my German Bing doll just perfect. It consists of suede leather lederhosen, a felt hat and a jacket to match. He insisted I take a picture. I really should name these dolls, perhaps Hansel and Gretel.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Brother And Sister Gebruder Bing Art Dolls

My other doll has arrived and is dressed in her antique undies, dress and bonnet. She joins her brother who is dressed in his new shirt, lederhosen and hat. They are both 11" tall and have identical bodies with swivel heads which are hand painted with oil paint.

Friday, March 17, 2017

A New Outfit For My German Bing Doll

Today I made an outfit which will be for the Bing doll I have arriving on Tuesday from California. Since both dolls are the same size I thought I should get a head start on the outfit for the boy doll pictured in a previous post. Not bad for first attempt without a pattern. I used some fleece fabric that I had on hand. Mark (my German Swiss husband) informed me that proper lederhosen were made of leather..I told him to go shovel some snow, :)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Winter Storm Stella Has Arrived!

When I opened my front door this morning (9:00 am) my yard stick measured 20 inches of fresh powdered snow. The problem is that it is still snowing and will continue throughout the day and night and tomorrow morning. I wonder what the total will be by then, perhaps as much as 30 inches?

4 hours later and we have 4 inches more! (12:00 noon)

I found this chart on the local news just now. (5:23- Fairfax has 30") It is still snowing and the latest news say it will be snowing until 5:30 pm tomorrow!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

And Now There Are Two!

I was fortunate to find another 11" German Gebruder Bing Art Doll. Billye B. Harris was kind enough to give me expert advice on dating and pricing for these dolls so I was able to negotiate a fair price ($80.00 less than the asking price is a lot!), thank you Billye.  I think this doll will become a boy doll and I will be making lederhosen and a vest for him. The outfit he came with
will be used on the doll I purchased earlier as her clothing had some issues with moth holes. In the future I hope to build a modest wardrobe for both of them.

Some history of the Gebruder Bing dolls:

The Fabric Dolls Of Bing Brothers Art Doll Company

The Bing Brothers (Gebruder Bing) Art Doll Company was founded by the brothers Ignaz and Adolf Bing in 1866 and it initially manufactured kitchenware and then subsequently moved to toy manufacturing.   In 1882, the company participated in the Bavarian State Commercial and Industrial Exposition and had the largest selection of toys and other goods in their catalogue.  The German doll company in Nuremberg was also known as the Bing Werke and the Bing Wolfe Corporation which was the only doll manufacturing company that continued its operations even during the World War I.  The dolls produced by the company had the markings Bing Beauty Baby or Bing Beauty Art dolls.  

The dolls created by the Bing Brothers competed with the fabric art dolls manufactured by fabric doll makers Lenci and Kathe Kruse doll companies.  In 1928, the doll company grew and was already a huge corporation made up of 4,000 employees in its 31 subsidiaries.  One of its subsidiaries produced bisque head porcelain character dolls and this was the Louis Wolf and Company which manufactured dolls from 1870 to 1928.  The company used the trademark Excelsior and the dolls’ marking was  L.W. & Co. which was made by Hertel, Schwab & Co.

From 1910 to 1925, the American and Canadian rights for the Bing Art dolls was already held by the John Bing Company, which also happens to be the agent of the Heinrich Handwerck and Kammer& Reinhardt doll companies.  Subsequently, Max Bing took over the management of the company and the art doll section was then known as a division of the huge conglomerate Bing Wolf Corporation.  Most of the Bing Art dolls were made of fabric which the company had perfected using the Nuremberg style of producing toys on steel sheets for lithography . Some of the trademarks or trade names that were recognized under the Bing company were the Sunshine Girl and Sunshine Kid(1912), Baby Irene (1913 to 1914), Baby Darling (1915), Pitti-Bum (1922), Baby Sister (1925), Baby Sunshine (1925), Happiness Doll line, G.B.N. (stands for Gebruder Bing, Nuremberg), B.W., and BIN.

In the late 1920’s, several German industries were affected by the declined of the German Mark’s value.  Thus, several companies had been forced to sell its products cheaply overseas including the doll manufacturing industry.  The Bing Brothers Art Doll Company suffered from several setbacks caused by the war including the 1929 stock market catastrophe which significantly reduced the demand for its toys.   In 1932, the company filed for bankruptcy thereby ceasing its doll manufacturing operations.  

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A German Gebruder Art Bing Doll for my Collection

I love Kathy Kruse dolls! Unfortunately I can't afford them but I found the next best thing, an antique Gebruder Art Bing doll. She is 11" tall and so darn cute, I fell in love with her when I saw her listed on eBay. She was very affordable for my budget so now she resides with me and I could not be happier.  She even has her original clothes and pointed felt shoes.