Kestner, the King of Dollmakers, brings you darling child doll molded in the “Letter” style. He has brown glass sleep eyes, is topped with his original black curly lambs wool wig, and is adorned in a simple costume reminiscent of a poor farm boy. He’s an instant classic, and a great piece of history! Snatch him up now, before he’s gone!
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He has a bisque socket head, with painted and molded features: brown glass sleep eyes, painted upper and lower lashes, feathered black brows, and an open mouth with four upper teeth, cold painted lips. He has a (fired-in) dark complexion and stands at 17.5” on a beautiful original antique wood and composition fully-jointed body with original brown finish. He wears his original short, curly black skin wig (some tears).
He is dressed in a very simple costume consisting of a pair of vintage cream cotton overalls, with blue and white striped and plaid patches, dark blue stitching, and folded cuffs, over an antique white and blue striped cotton shirt with large lapels and cuffs. Underneath, he wears a pair of white cotton pantaloons. On his head is a plain straw hat.
MARKS: Made in / G / Germany / 11[back of head, incised]
CONDITION: The bisque is good, with high quality modeling and painting of features, and no hairlines, cracks, chips, or restoration visible; his wig is glued on and has not been removed, so the condition of the bisque under the wig has not been determined. The glass eyes sleep well and have good pupil alignment. The wood and composition body has some minor and typical age wear, particularly at the joints, but has most of its original finish and paint. One finger on the left hand has been repaired and repainted. The wig is soft and supple with some areas of tearing but all still there, and the costume has only the most minor and typical age wear. Overall, a lovely doll and so rare to find in the black version!
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17.5” Black Letter Kestner with Original Skin Wig (Thank You SB)