Description of Doll for Sale
For your pleasure I am pleased to present a wonderful antique Bisque head Baby Jean doll made by Kestner in Germany. Baby Jean is often referred to as the little sister of the JDK Hilda doll. Baby Jean is wearing a modern set of footed pajamas. Baby Jean is 15 inches tall and has set glass eyes. This doll has a closed head with painted hair and is the Kestner 247 mold. This mold is most often seen with an open head with a wig.
Baby Jean's bisque head is perfect with no chips, hairlines repairs or repainting. The body paint is all original including red-lines on the hands with no chips, cracks, crazing, repairs or repaint. Baby Jean has set blue eyes. The head has an open closed mouth which is to say the mouth is open but the back of the mouth is closed off so you cannot see inside the head. The molding and painting of the lips is very detailed.
Baby Jean is a fine example of German Bisque head baby dolls and was made by Kestner in Germany between 1890 to early 1900's
The Kestner closed heads usually did not have a mold number. The closed head molds were made using the same master head as the open head molds. The 247 designation on this doll was arrived at by comparing the face to marked open head versions of the 247 mold. The 12 in the mark refers to the size of the head and is not a mold number.
The head is marked as follows:
J.D.K. // Made in 12 Germany