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Please visit our storethetwogeorgesstore.comPlease give us a try.I am sure your experience will be well worth it. We can be contacted any time by eBay email. Contact Us ~THE TWO GEORGES STORE~thetwogeorgesstore.com George TomkoAddress:333 West Park Blvd.Medina, OH 44256-2587United States E-Mail Address:eBay contact mail Daytime Phone: 330-416-6754 Evening Phone:330-722-3815 Fax:615-825-6730 Graphics & Template Designed By Awesome Accents ©2008 & Beyond. On Feb-23-15 at 06:37:14 PST, seller added the following information: I Have been told that this doll made by Kestner and is part of his alphabet series. Doll Categories JDK - Kestner Dolls 1820-1938 German Barbie Dolls 1959+ Modern Dolls 1970s+ By Country American | English French | German Rest of World By Material Bisque | Celluloid China | Cloth Composition Hard Plastic Metal | Papier Mache Rubber | Wax | Wood By Type Advertising Dolls Antique Fashion Dolls Automata Dolls Baby Dolls Black Dolls Boudoir Dolls Carnival Dolls Dress Me Dolls Googly Eye Dolls Kewpie Dolls Mama Dolls Mask Face Dolls Oriental Dolls Patsy Type Dolls Kestner bisque head Hilda doll mold 245 Photo courtesy of Flozdolz Kestner King of Doll Makers 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 bisquedolls 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 streamerlabel. Unique to Kestner is the doll heads plaster like pates. Kestner supplied most of the bisque heads used by Catterfelder Puppenfabrik (Carl Trautmann) doll molds 263, 264, also some bisque heads for Roullet et Decamps walking dolls; Bébé Systême and L'Intrépide Bébé. Rheinische Gummi und Celluloid Fabrik supplied Kestner with celluloid heads (doll mold 201) and other doll parts. 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, Siegfried doll mold 272. Antique Kestner Dolls Identified JDK doll size 4 - A bisque socket head, closed mouth, glass eyes, feathered painted eyebrows, ball jointed composition body, wigged. Doll shown is 12 1/2", marked Made in Germany 4. Similar dolls can be marked with a letter or headsize number. JDK doll mold 161 - Unique Dolly face, bisque socket head, glass eyes, painted feathered or fur eyebrows, open mouth, chubby cheeks, ball jointed composition body. Doll shown is 23" tall, marked Made in Germany JDK 161. JDK doll mold 208 - Character Doll face doll, 10-42" tall, bisque socket head with plaster dome, feathered eyebrows, painted eyes, closed mouth, wigged on a ball jointed wood & composition jointed body. Doll mold 208 photo courtesy of ebay seller littlemarz. JDK doll mold 215 - Unique Dolly face doll, 10-42" tall, bisque socket head with plaster dome, feathered eyebrows, glass eyes, open mouth, wigged on a ball jointed wood & composition jointed body. Doll mold 215 shown, is 22" tall. JDK doll mold 237, 245, 1070 - Hilda, character toddler doll, 10-30" tall, bisque socket head, composition body, molded or wigged hair, glass eyes, open mouth with teeth. Doll mold 245shown, is Hilda. Photo courtesy of flozdolz. JDK doll mold 249 - Dolly face, unique character doll, 10-42" tall, bisque socket head with plaster dome, feathered painted or fur brows, glass eyes, open mouth, ball jointed composition body, wigged. Doll mold 249 shown, is 20" tall, doll markMade in Germany JDK 249. JDK doll mold 255 - Character baby, 10-16" tall, bisque head with flange neck, cloth body, solid dome with painted hair, glass eyes. Doll mold 255 shown, is 16" tall with open crying mouth, doll marked 255 O.I.C. or markedSiegfried 272. JDK doll mold 260 - Character child doll, 8-42" tall, bisque socket head with plaster pate, glass or painted eyes, open or closed mouth, jointed composition body, wigged. Doll mold 260 shown, is 18" tall with glass eyes and open mouth. ** Kestner doll mold 171, only the 18" tall size doll, was used as the Daisy doll for a mail in premium magazine subscription, introduced in 1911 as Lettie Lane's actual doll, from the paper doll series Lettie Lane, that ran in the Ladies Home Journal magazine from 1908-1912. Heinrich Handwerck's Bébé Cosmopolite 18" doll was also used. JDK, Kestner Doll Marks Kestner doll crown and JDK label ribbon JDK Kestner doll mark G made in Germany 11 171 JDK Kestner doll mark G Germany 11 JDK Kestner doll mark G made in Germany 11 243 J.D.K. As you can guess from the length of their history, Kestner used many different doll markings; a letter only, a size numberonly, Kestner, initials of J.D.K., K & Co., Made in Germany, a mold number, symbol of a crown with JDK or JD Kestner on the crown rim or on ribbons trailing beneath, Excelsior (trade name for USA distributed dolls) or any combination. Kestner Alphabet series Doll Mark - Bisque Socket Head Size Circumference Inches a Made in Germany 4 = 7"b Made in Germany 3 = 6" A Made in Germany 5 = 8"B Made in Germany 6 = 8 1/2"C Made in Germany 7 = 9"D Made in Germany 8 = 9 1/2" E Made in Germany 9 = 10"F Made in Germany 10 = 10 1/2"G Made in Germany 11 = 11"H Made in Germany 12 = 11 1/2" I Made in Germany 13 = 12"K Made in Germany 14 = 12 1/2"L Made in Germany 15 = 13"M Made in Germany 16 = 13 1/2" N Made in Germany 17 = 15"O Made in Germany 18 = 16"P Made in Germany 19 = 17"P Made in Germany 20 = 28" Note: There are also marks; D 1/2 Made in Germany 8 1/2 = 9 3/4", (adding a 1/4" should be the approximate head size circumference) Some marks may only have the alphabet initial or the initial + Germany and the number. Kestner Doll Mark - Bisque Shoulder Head Size Circumference in Inches The alphabet letter + Made in Germany + a number located on the lower back edge of the shoulder plate and run slightly larger than noted above. Note: Other German doll makers may have used these same letters or mold numbers, too. Kestner dolls may also have a red ink kid body stamp, but these sometimes are faint or may have rubbed off. Additional Kestner Doll Mold Numbers Kestner began using mold numbers in 1892, dolls prior were marked with the size number or a letter only. Note: other doll makers may have used some of these mold numbers, use our search box to find them, too. X XII XIII 111272 103 111 112 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 145 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 154 155 156 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 189 190 192 195 196 199 200 201 203 206 208 210 211 212 214 215 216 218 219 220 221 226 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 245 246 247 249 250 254 255 257 260 262 263 264 267 272 277 281 282 292 40840910451070 7043 70685 70686 Kestner doll mold 172 is a Gibson Girl, doll mold 195 has fur eyebrows patented in 1910, Kestner doll mold 221 is an Googly Eye doll
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