SFBJ dolls

From it's beginning in 1899 to it's end in 1957, the SFBJ manufactured hundreds of thousands of bisque dolls in a wide variety of sizes and molds.

One of the earliest was the Eden Bebe, which director Fleischmann brought with him to the newly formed society. Eden Bebes' heads were manufactured in Germany, but have French-made bodies of wood and composition, or in the case of 5-piece bodies, all composition. The larger sizes have open mouths with teeth, while the smallest have closed mouths. The mouth paint color has an orange tint. They have a small chin dimple, and a molded eyelid line, with slanted painted eyelashes. Their sizes range from the tiny 14/0 to size 6 or larger. Both even and odd numbers have been found, but the even numbers are most common. SFBJ Eden Bebes do not have pierced ears, and their eyes are set, reflecting their time period of late 1899 to about 1914. The SFBJ heads have no trademark, just a size number. Earlier Fleischmann & Blodel molds were often marked "Eden Bebe, Paris", and the size number; some have a registration mark. Composition heads were also made, but it is unknown if they were of German or French manufacture.

The S.F.B.J. made dolls in France and also assembled dolls with both French and German sourced parts. By the 1920s, it is generally believed that production was centred in France. While the S.F.B.J. may have always struggled with German doll makers for the lucrative United States toy trade, it claimed to sell well in France, the French colonies, South American and Australian markets. Its dolls were made of many materials including bisque, composition and early plastics - in the later years of the firm.

The S.F.B.J made dolls from fine to cheap qualities and also had a large, well-equipped dressmaking branch. There were many different moulds including character dolls modelled after real children and dolls designed by French artists. S.F.B.J. dolls were used for tourist souvenirs as well as children's toys. The popular Bleuette dolls were one of its most high profiled products.


Updated: 26 August 2020

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Sfbj value and price guide

What's your Sfbj worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

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artist repro french doll sfbj 241 paris toddler tlc Artist Repro French Doll Sfbj 241 Paris Toddler Tlc 11/2021 AU $25.00
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Comments (3)
Samuel - August 20, 2021
Hello" I have a 16-18 inch SFBJ 257 Boy doll. Excellent cond. Do you know the value.
It depends if it's a reproduction or not. Better try and post some pics in the Facebook group: "Let's ID our dolls".
Suzanne - January 2, 2021
Have a doll with SFBJ 236 PARIS
Would like an idea of value and year made
Jane - October 19, 2020
I bought this beautiful doll, but can't find him anywhere. Hoping you can help