18” KESTNER 171 KNOWN AS “DAISY” circa 1911 in Lovely Dress & Shoes
One of the cornerstones of any great doll collection must include a version of the famous Daisy doll by Kestner or Handwerck. Daisy is a doll that was awarded to young girls as a premium for selling 3 subscriptions and paying $4.50 to the Ladies Home Journal in 1911. There were a total of 26,000 dolls made. The original order was for 5,000 dolls to be made by the JD Kestner doll company in Germany. This doll was a Kestner 171 head with a composition body. Other Daisies were produced by Simon & Halbig for Heinrich Handwerck. This is the more desirable Kestner “Daisy.” And, bonus, she is all original (except wig) and barely played with! We are also showing the original advertisement for the Daisy doll from 1911. If you purchase this Daisy, you will get a copy of the original ad with her.
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This lovely and rare Daisy has a bisque socket head on a fully jointed composition and wood body signed GERMANY. Blue sleep eyes with painted upper and lower lashes, molded and feathered brows, open mouth with four upper teeth, new blond mohair wig.
She is dressed in a lovely antique pink woolen coat with glass buttons (minor moth damage), a pretty pink cotton dress with box pleats and enhanced with pink featherstitched embroidery and with lace trim, matching antique full slip, antique full slip antique pantaloons, antique socks and her original antique cloth shoes. On her head is a lovely antique straw hat with attached cloth flowers. A stunning antique presentation!
MARKS: C ½ made in 7 ½
Body: 1 1/2
CONDITION: Excellent. Fine quality bisque with expert decoration of features, expressive and crisp modeling of lovely face, subtle coloring. The original body in excellent original finish condition with original hands. The right thumb with a fingertip repair. Some minor flaking at the neck socket. A rare example of this very desirable and lovely doll! What makes her a true Daisy is her 18” size. The Daisy is very hard to come by these days as many collectors are scooping them off the market as soon as they appear! Don't let this pretty girl become the one that got away!
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18” All original Kestner 171 “DAISY” circa 1911
$2,300 $2,600 SALE