Predating the German character era of 1909, this larger example of one of the most desirable of all Kestners, the 143 mold is just darling. With super deep modeling of the iconic Kestner face beautifully realized in this rare to find size. This doll would be a prize in any antique doll collector's cabinet. Add to that the simple by authentic pink cotton schoolgirl dress and you have a winner. Her golden locks are a later addition that only enhances her presentation because other than her wig, this girl is completely antique! She definitely has "the Look" we all seek. Grab her fast before she is gone for good!
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Creamy and pale bisque socket head, with an open mouth with two upper teeth. Big blue glass fixed eyes. Painted upper and lower lashes. Painted flat feathered light brown brows. Blond mohair wig with extensions. She’s on her original antique wood & composition body signed Germany, standing at 25” tall, with the mark on the back of the torso.
She wears an antique pink cotton dress with box pleated front and self sash and two large white mother of pearl buttons on her sash, a cream cotton half slip underneath and antique cream cotton pantaloons, brown cotton knit socks and antique cream leather shoes. There are also a few areas of fading on her dress worth noting.
MARKS: made in
K 1/2 Germany 14 1/2
143 [back of head]
CONDITION: Excellent. The bisque head is free of any hairlines, cracks, chips, or restoration. Modeling is very crisp and the painting is sharp and delicate, indicative of particular care by the manufacturers. The face is clean and has that unmistakable Kestner 143 expression. The blue glass eyes fixed eyes were originally sleep eyes, and sit nicely in the head, with great pupil alignment. The original wood & composition body has its all original finish, with the original glossy varnish on top to give it a nice sheen. Tight stringing gives her nice pose-ability. Overall, this is a very nice girl to add to the collection!
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Rare Large 25" Antique Kestner 143 Character Doll in antique Schoolgirl Dress!