Kestner Dolls were favorites of my mother, she took this large scarce JDK Kestner toddler doll out of the museum display several years before she passed. The doll is still marked with the red dots from the museum but I did not find a tag on him. I did not completely undress him so it may be there but he was exhibited in the museum from fall 2000 until approximately 2011 or 2012.
I measured the doll as 35" sitting so it measures between 34" and 36" high. This is Kestner's Dolly face that was used on boy and girl dolls and features the wobbly tongue in the open mouth with teeth, fully jointed composition body, and beautifully painted bisque head as pictured. The features are endearingly charming with the double chin and large deep brown sleep eyes. The bushy eye brows, ruddy cheeks and tousled curly wig make this little guy adorable. The clothing and underwear appear period to the doll with classic tucks and pleats, braid and short pants. The doll and the accessories are in fine to very fine condition as shown with no touch-ups or repairs found. He just fits in the regular size Heywood Wakefield buggy that I am putting up at the same time. I have to put in estimated shipping but will calculate it at cost at purchase with insurance from our very good professional packaging and shipping expert as I want him to arrive in the amazing condition he is now.
The Harriet Elberson Free Doll & Toy Museum Collection Provenance:
When our mother decided to take on a new interest, she jumped in 150%! She lived it, breathed it, mastered it. As a child who had a limited childhood, she was drawn to antique dolls and toys. For years, she went to antique shops, antique shows, flea markets, private sales treasure hunting, collecting antique dolls, toys, antique jewelry, lace, ribbon and cloth. She had made dolls earlier, of the crocheted or cloth variety, and also for years had a small ceramic shop as a hobby. Very gifted, detail oriented, the collection filled her home before being put on loan to the museum in historic Deer Lodge where she lived most of her adult life.
She was a superb seamstress and after instruction became a master doll artist herself. She used the antique jewelry, laces, ribbons, and accessories to complete her dolls and to restore original antique doll outfits. Her collection of antique, vintage and replica dolls along with antique and vintage toys and teddy bears has been displayed since 2000 in the Powell County Historic Museum in Deer Lodge Montana. Her large collection is housed in Yesterdays Playthings, one of the original historic prison administration buildings and is on display from May until the fall. The museum tells us that over 50,000 view the collection and the old prison museum complex each year. Her legacy is a great support for the community of Deer Lodge. Her collection is numbered with a tag and with red dots.
These dolls and strollers offered here were removed from the museum shortly before and after her passing as they were her favorites. Their sale will help to preserve the large collection that remains in the museum as her legacy to Montana. The jewelry is the remaining collection of antique and vintage jewelry hand picked for use on her antique and replica dolls.