We do not know if our darling doll was from a private collector or the Museum Collection. Came with several old tags which we will include.
The two handwritten ones are probably from previous owners or from the museum. The third one is from Theriaults. K ½ Germany, 14 ½ is incised on her head.She has been repainted so we dont see a body stamp. These markings identify our pretty girl as one produced in the JD Kestner factory in Waltershausen, Germany between 1891 and the early 1910s according to our reference books, Doll Makers and Marks and Kestner, King of Dollmakers.
Kestner was known as the. King of Dolls because his dolls were so spectacular and he was the earliest of the German dollmakers to set up his factory in Waltershausen providing jobs for 100s of the German townspeople. We have learned that Kestner heads have certain characteristics such as eyebrows that are heavy and shiny, high bow upper lips that have upturned ends and orange eye and nostril dots that match the shade of their lips. Our charming Young Lady fits all of the criteria mentioned above. HEAD This dolls charming bisque face has dreamy blue glass sleep eyes and thick multi-stroke eyebrows.
She has an open mouth smile with tiny white teeth. She has pretty pink blushed cheeks. Her head has no hairlines, chips or cracks.
Her soft blonde curly wig is old and may be original. It is thinning but looks lovely with her light blue eyes and cute hat! CLOTHING Her original light blue silk dress has melted and is just falling apart (photo #10). We will include it in a separate box.We gave her the antique style floral dress she is currently is wearing. It is handmade and quite lovely. The matching sash is tied in the back. Her old handsewn slip and bloomers are most likely original. They have both have aged with a lovely aged patina.
She also has old stockings and delicate antique black shoes. Her sweet head is topped with a newer straw hat. BODY This pretty young lady. Has an 11-piece ball jointed composition body, arms and legs. It appears to have been repainted at some time.
Her shoulders, arms, wrists and hips and knees all still bend. The stringing in her arms and legs is loose so we will provide a doll stand for her.
Our Lovely Young Lady is about 27 inches tall. CONDITION This adorable large Kestner doll is in Very Good Antique Condition.
Her bisque head is lovely with beautiful blue working sleep eyes and a sweet smile! Her blue eyes appear to be original but may have been.There are no chips or cracks. Her composition is in very good shape. It appears to have been repainted but has some scratches from a doll stand.
There is also a paint mark and a little chipped composition on her neck. The newer floral dress she is wearing is beautifully handmade and looks quite lovely on her. There are a few tears in the lace at the cuffs.
Our gorgeous dolly is just delightful and displays wonderfully! This is a very old antique doll. Please carefully review our photos, as we consider these an important part of our description of the condition and feel welcome to ask questions. Our darling antique Kestner Dolly just cant wait to meet the dolls in your antique doll collection! She is looking forward to making some new doll friends.
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In 2019, the US Postal Service began charging based on package size rather than weight in many cases. In some cases, we will require Signature Confirmation for certain items costing less. When it weighs less, we also offer First Class International as an option. Please be aware that Priority International packages can be tracked while still in the United States, and they can be insured.First Class International cannot be insured, and so the customer assumes a risk for this less expensive choice. The item "Early Kestner Bisque Doll 27 Lovely Face Sleep Eyes Teeth Antique Repro Dress" is in sale since Saturday, January 23, 2021. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\Antique (Pre-1930)\Bisque\German".peg" and is located in Baldwin, Maryland. This item can be shipped worldwide.