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ABOUT THIS SET OF TWIN HILDA DOLLS: I find this vintage pair of twins just irresistible! Of course, I have always been a “Hilda” lover! This is a very special set that you won’t find anywhere else! They look as good as the antique originals but are replicas from about the 1980s. Separated at birth, they were reunited in 2014 after probably 30 years. I found one at a doll show in 2012 and the other on Ebay in 2014, both dressed in clothing that did not match their quality. I admire the skilled work of their maker, Lyric Johnston, who made paid much attention to detail. She created sleep eyes before anyone else was attempting that for their replicas! She has not missed one thing in making these small versions of the most popular baby doll of Germany! She likely even took her own mold from an original, because the size markings on the back of their heads are a B and a 6 found on either side of JDK 237 which was the smallest size known of original antique Kestner Hildas. I met Lyric at a doll show and visited at her home. I found that she signed her dolls with a musical symbol of a double eighth note on the back of the dolls heads. Both of these dolls have only that incised signature. No name and no date. Lyric Johnston is a talented artist and is still making lovely things today. I visited her home in the 1980's and she gave me a one-on-one lesson on gluing bisque or china pieces together. For this, I am very grateful so, I decided to honor her work by making the matching Christening outfits for this pair.
The slight differences I note are:
Twin #1 has grey stationary glass eyes and a mohair wig while
Twin #2 has working blue sleep eyes and a some other type wig.
Other than these differences, they are very similar and in excellent condition with no damage or repair to the bisque heads or bodies.
CLOTHING: The Christening sets were custom made by Doll Doctor Jan from antique textiles and laces of very fine quality including many tiny tucks and featherstitching. These outfits are worthy of being worn by antique dolls that would warrant their pricing to be at least a couple of hundred dollars per clothing set. It is my hope that this pair in the special antique sewing basket will be enjoyed as twins for future generations!
Each clothing set includes, a diaper edged in blanket stitching, a long slip, a gown with ruffled bodice and ruffled hem, a matching spring cape and a bonnet.
Please enjoy the photos of this wonderful pair. There are many more to be shared upon request.