A near mint doll presented in a lovely antique vanity box with two outfits and underthings…? This certainly is a find! Our rare, extra large, 9-inch, much treasured, all-bisque peg jointed Kestner girl has such a pleasant expression! Using my limit of 12 photos, I am still unable to present all you might like to see, so please email me for more photos. Her open mouth with two inset square teeth has upturned lips in a slight smile. Multiple separate strokes make up her arched brows, which are often found on the highly desirable, early all-bisque Kestners. But this little gal is not even found in many value guides, as marked with Roman numeral III on back of torso and a number 3 on the head! Happily, she has survived over 100 years with a perfect swivel head, sleep eyes of detailed crystal blue and original waxed eyelids. Her thinning original wig and pate appear to have never been removed. I decided not to disturb them at this point, either.
After a long search, I found these well-sculpted, black, high button, heeled boots in an old Theriault’s auction catalogue. They sport detailed little teal-blue tassels, and scallop-edged, white, ribbed stockings with burgundy bands. Her body has a healthy blush on knees, elbows, hands, tummy, and chest and her face has that wonderful glow. The hands are perfect with such detailed separated fingers, looking early out of the mold. The neck and inner leg joints are still lined with kid so no numbers are visible and I am not even sure these early Kestners have numbered limbs because I see none on the inner arms, which are definitely original.
Minor flaws consist of an inconspicuous, in-the-making, grape-seed-size shallow nick on the back right shoulder which is painted in with original china paint, the same as the rest of her torso, which detracts little; a rub on the tummy, and raised dot on her rear that are so minor, but I try to disclose all I see; and a tiny flake at the right leg-stringing hole.
Tucked in her presentation box is a little frock of fine net lace and ruffled aqua silk ribbon over silk crepe in a high waist style. Little matching silk bows have been added for her hair. Her lace-trimmed drawers appear to be made to fit and a low-necked, pleated, petticoat looks nice enough to wear as a third summer dress! Doesn’t she look cute in her snow white batiste costume with colorful floral hand embroidered details on the waistband and hat, as well as fine drawn work near the hem of the dress and bonnet brim?
Enjoy assembling some other little goodies to add to her collection!
Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. She will be shipped securely wrapped and insured to arrive on your doorstep safe and sound.
Thank you for checking my trunk today. Peek each week, or you’ll miss something great! I work with you to make your dreams come true.