Kestner doll, bisque head, model 214 on original composition body with ball jointed legs and arms. This lovely girl is 24 inches tall, with a bisque head, blue glass sleep eyes that work well, side-parted human hair wig (a replacement that suits her). Open, well formed mouth with four teeth and tongue. Cheeks delicately blushed, with painted, feathered molded brows, and vertically painted lower lashes. Her eye wax is in very good condition with one chip missing from her left eye. Her original upper lashes are no longer present. She wears a beautiful old dress with a blouse underneath (I believe this was part of her original clothing) a petticoat, knickers, with her original socks and shoes, a very rare occurrence. The dress was made for her later: it isn't clear to me if the elastic around her wrists has loosened, or it was meant to be that way. Her shoes are not in great condition, and I was able to remove one, plus her sock, to see her foot being in similar condition to her body : original finish with a few cracks to the composition. The other shoe is tightly attached and I did not want to try to remove it.
Her bisque head is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. Her ball jointed, composition body has its original finish that has ambered. She has had minor repair to her hands but no repaint. The back of her left thigh has a piece missing at the joint area, something that happened long ago, and its only effect that the left leg is slightly looser than the right. Her stringing is very good and she holds a pose quite well. This sweet, beautiful girl is desirable for a few reasons: one, her original condition body with no repaints, two, this particular model was made in multiple versions so that each one is virtually unique, and third, from a historic perspective, this dolly-faced model was introduced during the period when Kestner was full-steam into the manufacture of character dolls.
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