This beautiful 23” Kestner doll is one of the alphabet series—an “L” marked head without the place of origin “Germany” mark. This indicates the doll was made prior to 1891 when the place of origin was required for export. The bisque turned shoulder head doll is made of very fine, light colored bisque. The shoulder head is in excellent condition with a single imperfection—a chip on the rim with a nearly invisible hairline near to the left eyebrow, as shown in a photo. This is totally covered when the wig is being worn by the doll. The beautiful blonde human hair wig is clean, has been curled and is in excellent condition, styled with full bangs and long banana curls. There are no factory flaws, facial rubs or restoration. The large beautiful originally set brown working sleep eyes are the doll’s most prominent facial feature. Others include feathered eyebrows, finely painted upper and lower eye lashes, very pretty natural blushing, red eye corner & nasal dots, an open mouth with a perfectly colored beautiful shaped smile and four upper teeth. The doll’s demure facial expression, along with her turned shoulder head that is slightly bowed, convey the impression of a beautiful child with a shy personality.
BODY: The original kid body has arms with bisque lower arms with hands having no damage. There are gussets at the elbows & knees, as well as the original rivets at the hips. The stuffed lower cloth legs are replacements, modeled like the original cloth legs. They are firmly stuffed, are clean and in very good condition. The arms have kid wrapped portions on the lower arms over the gusseted elbows—well done repairs. There is a transparent seal over a small split showing cork on an upper arm that doesn’t require added reinforcement. Both arms have been firmly attached at the shoulders. The body is very clean, has no leaks and is in very good condition. The restoration is very well done, accomplished in a way that appears original for the body.
COSTUME: This pretty girl is dressed in the French manner typical of the late 19th century. She wears an ankle length pink satin dress with a dropped waist decorated with a large beautiful bow. The skirt of the dress consists of two satin tiers covered by wide lace. The back is decorated with ivory MOP buttons over snaps that close the dress. There is no damage of any type, including mends, and the dress is very clean with no odors. The doll also comes from a non-smoking home. Undergarments consist of vintage pantaloons & a full length slip—both in excellent condition. New ivory colored lace stockings & high laced boots have been added. The final piece de resistance is the doll’s gorgeous burgundy cloth wide brimmed hat, decorated with layered pink chiffon and ivory colored lace. The hat has a perfect fit so it requires no ties. It is in excellent condition and is the perfect accessory to complete the doll’s French inspired costume.
Please contact me if you have any questions. For shipping, the doll’s head will be stuffed gently but firmly to avoid eye damage. The doll will be packed with great care and attention to every detail. Your package will be shipped by FREE Fully Insured USPS standard mail. Thank you for stopping by and for your interest in this offering. _________________________________
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