SOLD. Thank you T.
I whispered in Hilda’s ear. “I’m sending you on a very special mission. I don’t know where your next home will be or who will adopt you, but no one would have known over one hundred years ago when you were made at the Kestner factory in Germany, that so many years later you would still look almost brand new and have an opportunity like this! Here’s the story: I have some special friends, Julie and P.J., who have been yearning to add a child to their family and after years of infertility have been shown a special adoption process. And you, Hilda, are going to become part of the process to help them raise the funds.”
100% of the proceeds of this sale will be directed to Nightlight Adoptions, the agency my friends are going through. They are a little over 1/3 of their way to their goal of $15,000 to fund their adoption.
This 16” Hilda is near mint! A very special collectable for a very special purpose. Did you imagine that your love of dolls would ever take on such meaning of helping a couple realize their dream? It requires such teamwork to reach such lofty goals and you can be a part of it by bidding and winning this fabulous baby doll for your very own. And if you are not in the market for this doll, perhaps checking my post about this auction out on Facebook will lead you to their fund me site to make small donation towards their effort. Or you might like to follow this link to their fund raising page directly. Just copy and paste this link into your browser address bar.
I believe it would be very difficult to find a Hilda in better condition than this doll. She is not only near mint, but she is also early out of the mold. Manufacturers usually cast a mold between 30 to 50 times. Over time, the detail of the sculpting is lost due to the plaster slowly eroding from the moisture in the clay during each casting. If they do not let it dry completely between castings, it can erode faster. So, when you find a doll with the incised markings crisp and deep on the back of the head, this is a clue of the fact that she was one of the earliest castings. All the features and the ears are also well detailed and this is why dolls with this asset demand higher prices.
One look at this precious baby on the lambskin rug will pull at your heart strings and make you smile! I chose to display her in this way so you can be amazed, along with me, by her quality, condition and loveliness. The painting of her facial features is exquisite! I've never seen better! What a lovely piece of artistry. One little flaw has been professionally addressed, that of a shallow flake of her left lower eyelid which involved the repainting of a couple of lashes. One feels pleased about an excellent touchup evidenced when people ask “Where?!” But I know where it is, because I am the doll doctor. My disclosure of it is part of transparency for the love of this field and the confidence in what you are purchasing. Such should not affect her value or your enjoyment of her. Her original plaster pate and very clean mohair baby wig have been carefully removed for examination inside her head and shipping care. The tremble tongue is seen behind her parted lips and 2 pearly white glass teeth and her blue sleep eyes work smoothly.
A very special fact is that her original 5-piece composition baby body is virtually mint and is so darling with its blushed knees, feet and hands. The entire original finish is free of crazing and cracks which is almost unbelievable for being over 100 years old. She also has all the accent lines on fingers and toes. Any dark spot seen in photos would probably come off without a problem but I haven't felt the need to even clean her.
I am working on her little baby dress, a re-purposed antique baby gown of highest quality hand work and embroidery. Please enlarge the photos to peek at all the tiny feather stitching.
This sale is for the doll in birthday suit only, or undressed. But I have simply wrapped the antique piece around her as a suggestion of what will be used to make a dress that will fit her and may purchased additionally if they wish. Other items that the buyer may purchase separately will be an undershirt, diaper, slip and a bonnet.