Generally, to say someone is doing things by halves means that person does things incompletely or without enthusiasm. However, when Galluba and Hofmann did things by halves, they created something wholly beautiful. This trio of petite pincushion dolls demonstrate the delicate detail Galluba lavished on even its littlest ladies.
Although just 1.5 inches high, her arms were molded separately and are completely free from her body. Her light brown molded hair is bound with a blue bow on each side, and her tiny face, with its large dark eyes and lush lips, is beautifully painted. She is stamped “Germany” in red underneath.
Another belle sporting a blue bow in her brown hair, this miniature miss is also just 1.5 inches tall. Again, the arms were molded separately. In addition to being stamped “Germany” in red underneath, she is incised with a faint number that appears to be “9906” on the back of her base.
The tallest of the three, she is a towering 1.75 inches tall, not including her original pincushion. Perhaps because of her larger size, her face is slightly more detailed, with lower lid lines and nose dots. She also wears blue bows in her light brown hair, which is twisted into a bun, and her arms were molded separately. There are no visible marks.