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The following treasure is from the living estate of Ailene & Buddy Ford; noted dealers and lifelong collectors of exceptional antique & vintage heirlooms. Presented for your consideration the rare 10 inch Hilda doll , circa 1914. by Kestner. This is the second smallest size Hilda made, number 7, one of the hardest ones to find. She has original blue sleep eyes, feathered brows, painted upper and lower lashes, an open mouth and two upper teeth. She is marked: Made in Germany, 237, JDK, 1914, Hilda. five piece bent limb baby body which shows to be in very good condition with all fingers and toes present. She has an original Kestner finish ***** Weight : 1# *** Measurements: 5 x 2.75 x 10" tall ********************************************************************************** KESTNER DOLLS ***** Johann Daniel Kestner Jr. (JDK) of Waltershausen, Thuringia, Germany began making papier mache and wood dolls and toys as early as 1816. Kestner eventually went on to employ nearly three quarters of the inhabitants of the Waltershausen region which earned him the nickname "King Kestner". In 1858 J.D. Kestner passed away and his grandson Adolf eventually took over the running of the company, around 1860 Kestner produced wax over papier mache doll heads, by 1860 they acquired the Ohrdug porcelain factory and began to produce the bisque dolls known by collectors today. Kestner leather kid bodies may have a green label Celebrated, Excellence, Excelsior, Marvel, Par Excellence or Perfection along with the Kestner crown and streamer label. Kestner dolls were distributed by Borgfeldt, Butler Brothers, Century Doll Company, Horsman, Macy, Sears, Siegel Cooper, FAO Schwartz and possibly others. Some trade names for JDK Kestner dolls are: Baby Jean doll, Dainty Dorothy doll, Sally doll, Sammy doll (JDK + size number), ** Daisy doll mold 171 only the 18" tall size, Hilda doll molds 237, 245, 1070, Max, Moritz dolls, the all bisque Prize Baby doll mold 208 some labels say Brize Baby, Siegfried doll mold 272.


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Auction ended on Sat, Nov 7, 2015
Estimate $1,950 - $2,250
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