15 1/2" Tall, with an 8" head circumference. Turned head J D Kestner open mouth shoulder head doll, with pretty blue glass sleep eyes and an open mouth with teeth. Marked: Made in Germany and the letter (size) F on the back of her head. She has a soft white leather body, with bisque lower arms and hands. The dolls head has damage, there was a clean break years ago, and she was glued back together just in front of the seam line along the front of the head, under her chin then to the other seam line, done well, hardly noticeable. Her face itself has no hairlines or repairs.Her fingertips on her left hand are chipped from age and storage. The head is loose for inspection and needs to be glued onto her body. The body is in nice condition, but a little soft around the middle from age. The doll has a replaced human hair wig, red wool hat (with holes) her original underwear and family mended calico dress, no socks or shoes and comes with her faded first place doll contest ribbon that she won in 1950 at the Hopeville Playground. Purchased in an estate sale in CT. She has a very sweet face. Doll is circa 1890's era.
In 1938 ( or thereabouts) the area which began in 1711 and known for early woolen industry was known as Hopeville. By the turn of the twentieth century, woolen mills were fading, the town had suffered major fires, and because of the pond and beautiful areas for camping and fishing, it was re-developed by the CCC, after purchased by the gov't, and the area became a state park. Griswold CT is where Hopeville State Pond is located.
Antique German 1890 Bisque Head J D Kestner Doll