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China Doll Head Civil War Era Large Kestner High Glaze
Circa 1860s china doll head, 8 inches high, with extraordinary high glaze and deep shoulder plate.
Gorgeous, extremely high quality facial painting identifies the head as a product of the Kestner and Co, Porcelain Factory. The Flat Top hairstyle is similar to the doll shown on page 47 of Mary Krombholz book, A Pictorial Reference Guide for German Chinas.
The facial features include, thin, long, single-stroke eyebrows, blue shaded eyes with highlights, black lash lines and red lid lines. The eye corner and nostril accents are circular, and a slightly smiling mouth with white separation. Cheeks are evenly blushed.
Her very deep shoulder plate has six sew holes and has bust and arm indications.
Inside plate incised with a script 14 or perhaps 1Y. Fluctuations in the plate edges are indicative of early pressed in mold production.
Measurements: Height 8 inches; 6.5 inches across shoulders; 4 inches front to back. Plate measurements are taken in a straight line on the inside of the shoulder plate. When mounted on the proper body, the doll will measure 28 to 30 inches tall.
Condition is excellent with no chips, cracks or repairs. Wear to the hair paint as typical for this early head.
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