This example is a modern reproduction doll produced by a modern doll maker from a mold taken from an authentic antique Kestner doll. Made of bisque porcelain she is jointed at arms, legs, and neck. The arms and hips are peg jointed, the joints lined with kid leather like many originals; the head is a typical Kestner type with an open pate and wig, and it features glass eyes and a closed mouth. The porcelain body is nicely tinted and even though when made it was clearly marked on the back side of the torso with its modern maker's name, if this doll were to be dressed in antique clothing it could easily be mistaken for a real antique by a novice buyer.
Authentic antique Kestner dolls can be quite valuable. Many antique dolls originally made by many different companies have been copied and are still being copied for that very reason. If collecting with an eye toward future value always remember, a skilled crafts-person can recreate the look of any feature of a vintage or antique doll and many have done and will continue to do so. Always ask to examine a collectible doll's body or, if buying online, expect to be shown visible characteristics present on the body that helped the seller to identify it as old and authentic. Never be ashamed or afraid to ask to see these kinds of images, if not already provided in a listing, or to ask questions prior to purchasing. A quality dealer appreciates the opportunity to prove their expertise to a willing buyer as their aim will be to have them back again in the future as a repeat customer.
Measures 6 inches tall.
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