Antique J D Kestner #214 Bisque Head 17" Doll; 8 Ball Composition Body, Signed

Antique J D Kestner #214 Bisque Head 17

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Antique J D Kestner #214 Bisque Head 17" Doll; 8 Ball Composition Body, Signed:

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Antique J D Kestner #214 bisque head 17" 8 ball composition body doll signed

For your consideration, I have this fresh estate find; an all original exceedingly rare signed J.D.K. (Johann Daniel Kestner, Waltershausen, Germany) doll with a bisque head and an eight ball-joint composition body, all original!
Beware of the reproduction dolls sold as antique Kestner dolls!!
According to my research, this doll was manufactured between 1892 and 1896. On the back of the bisque head is the following information cast into the porcelain:

6. made in Germany 7.

Kestner was one of the first and probably the most famous German Doll manufacturer. He started manufacturing dolls in the early 1800s and the factory closed its doors in 1938, just before WWII. This doll shows wear you would expect from a doll about 120 years old. The doll was found in a box, the news paper used to pad the contents dated back to March 26, 1950. It can be assumed that this was the last time this doll was handled.
It is extremely rare to find an untouched all original Kestner Doll from the early days of dolls with bisque heads. The doll is missing its eyes. Reproduction eyes are easily available and it should not be difficult to replace them. The rest is there and the most important part, the bisque head, is perfect; no cracks, no chips, no paint loss, just perfect! This doll retained even its original hair which were in a paper bag when I bought this doll. The hair is in good condition too.
The left leg is disconnected and who ever will restore this doll will re-string the entire doll anyway. I took many pictures so you can judge the condition for yourself. My pictures are about twice the size of anybody else's pictures selling on and the pictures show details as you could not even see with your eyes, unless you use a magnifying glass.. On the back of the body is a stamp, "Germany 1-1/4" in red ink.
Doing my research, I came across a travel report of a doll lover's visit to Waltershausen which I would recommend reading. Click here, to read the very interesting report.
This doll is a rare opportunity to buy the "real thing," early original Kestner dolls in this condition are extremely difficult to find, with very little effort, this doll will become the highlight of any collection of early German Dolls. Good luck!

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