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Rare JDK Kestner Hilda 245 Toddler Smallest Size Brown Tiny Tot

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Directory: Dolls: Antique Dolls: Bisque: German: Pre 1920: Item # 1292088

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Aunt Janie's Doll Trunk
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Riverside, California 92501

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Yes, I have another Hilda to offer! I’ve enjoyed her so much! She won’t be the last, because I happen to find them irresistible. Look what a DOLL she is! Perky, adorable and active as most toddlers are, this seldom found Hilda will take your breath away! It is hard to fathom what a unique treasure you have actually discovered with many rare facets all wrapped up into one incredible package! I will list them for you.

First, and so important, is her endearing personality and expression. There are too many Hilda’s that won’t begin to lift your spirits day in and day out like this little girl will! Her perfect bisque head is without damage and in pristine original condition! Her painted features are just as fine and distinct as the day she was made over 100 years ago. Most dark Hilda’s, (the few that exist), have missing lip paint since it is not fired on china paint like most bisque doll’s mouths have. It is an oil paint added after firing. This one appears to have been played with very little. Her cheerful brown sleep-eyes work smoothly on their rockers and still have their original eyelid paint and wax intact. She retains her original gleaming milk-glass teeth, her wobble tongue, as well as her pate and wig. Something unusual about her wig is that it is a mixture of brown and black hair!

Second, she is such a tiny size, marked on the back of her head, J.D.K. 245 “Hilda” with a C – 7 size marking. Many say this is the smallest size made. The scarcity of this size brings up the value of all that are found, whether baby or toddler. She stands a mere 12” tall on her original Kestner body. Yet, the skilled factory artist who lovingly painted this doll didn’t spare detail in the reduced model at hand. She has the multi- stroke, fly-away brows, the fine upper and lower lashes, and the customary eye and nose dots.

Third, she is a scrumptious chocolate brown! I have not seen a dark Hilda in this size in my many years of dolls! And the larger ones that exist often lack the appeal this little one possesses. The special glow of her skin tone is achieved by china paint over the typical white bisque. This translucency is much preferred over dolls that are “painted bisque” which used opaque paint, or tinted bisque dolls. You can see tiny pin points of white bisque where the brown paint did not reach in the valleys of the incised letters of her markings on the back of her head. Lifting her pate reveals her white bisque rim and head interior.

Fourth, she is a toddler on the correct, chubby, slant-hipped, Kestner body. Surely these points combine to make this THE Hilda any advanced collector would strive for. Though hard to tell, I am of the opinion that there has been repaint on the composition, but it is smooth and even matches the skin tone of her face. An excellent job that does not detract! All ball joints move readily and her stringing is tight to hold a pose. I note a very thin line of chipped paint at the mid to left front edge of the neck socket of her composition torso.


To top it all off, she is presented in her Sunday finery. In the photos you see her trying on her big, wide-brimmed, pink straw hat! She is so proud of it she hates to take it off. Her precious, high-waist, dress is sewn with the tiniest machine and hand stitches I have ever seen, creating row upon row of tucks, the smallest fine button hole for the single tiny mother-of-pearl button, and little gathered sleeve caps and hem lace of delicate, hand embroidered lace. Pink silk ribbons were recently added to match the trailing streamers on her hand made hat. Believe it or not, you really are seeing seldom-found knit “all-in-one” antique drawers that have two tiny buttons as closures in back. She wears antique pink cotton socks and vintage, but never used leather shoes.

Photo props such as quilt and animal friends are not included in this sale.

We are happy to offer layaway or quick and free shipping on Buy It Now orders.

Thank you for stopping by today. Offering dolls that delight is my joy!

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