The Kestner 257 is an irresistible character, with this particular example being no different! She’s a massive baby, standing at 30” tall, with a character bisque socket head, with painted and molded features. She’s on her bent limb baby body, and is adorned in a cute costume that is bound to please. Big, beautiful character babies like this are a fine addition to any collection, and are always a unique part of any doll family. Snatch her up now before she’s gone!
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She has a bisque socket head with flirty blue glass sleep eyes, painted upper and lower lashes, feathered brown brows, an open mouth with two upper teeth and a tremble tongue, and a round, chubby character face. She stands at 30” tall on her original five-piece bent-limb baby body with a crier mechanism, and wears a short blond vintage synthetic wig.
She wears an antique baby blue cotton dress, with white cotton cap sleeves and a scalloped collar, all decorated with delicate white embroidery with tiny windowpane drawn-work and tucks at the bodice, with whitework on the sleeves and collar and pin-tucks on the collar, and blue cotton ties at the waist. Underneath, she wears an antique cream cotton knit chemise and white cotton panties with eyelet lace trim. On her feet, she wears a pair of cream-colored knit booties with lilac insertion ribbon along the top, and on her head she wears a fabulous antique white cotton bonnet, with a white-on-white check pattern, insertion lace, lace trim, and windowpane drawn-work on the white cotton ties. She also comes with her vintage Steiff mohair bunny with glass eyes.
MARKS: JDK / 257 [back of head, incised]
Made in Germany [red stamp, back of torso, near neck]
CONDITION: The bisque head is free of any hairlines, cracks, chips, or restoration, with top-quality modeling and painting of features. The glass eyes sleep and flirt well, and are aligned straight in the head; the eyelids have been repainted. The body is good, with only minor and typical wear. The costume is good, with some age-related staining and moth holes; it is period-appropriate and fits her well.
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Larger Than Life 30” Kestner 257 Flirty Character Baby with Steiff Bunny