This winsome miss in molded bathing togs is unmarked, but she is an unusual china bathing beauty by Galluba and Hofmann. Although most of Galluba's belles are bisque, the company also produced charmers in china. The company's china bathers appear to have come clad in molded bathing suits. Although just as well modeled and decorated as the bisque versions, and probably less expensive to manufacture, as there was no need for a mohair wig and swimsuit of lace and ribbon, these china charmers are far less common than their bisque sisters. Perhaps they were just not as popular with a public who may have been more attracted by the matte natural skin tones of bisque, the appealing outfits of real fabric, and the soft tresses of mohair. She is 2.5 inches high and 2 inches long.
Here is the same model in bisque, with her original mohair wig, lounging about on an extra-large lobster. This bisque bather is marked on her back “407 C.e.,” typical of Galluba's 400 number series for its bathing belles. Her shellfish steed is of china and is stamped underneath with the shield mark of Galluba, as well as incised under the tail “9937.” The lady is 2.75 inches tall and 2 inches long and the leviathan lobster is 6.5 inches long. There is a round hole in the upper portion of the lobster’s tail and his bareback rider (in more ways than one) fits into the hole with a wooden dowel.