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Kestner 243

12 1/2"
Asian Character Baby


Whenever one of these Asian character babies by Kestner show up, one thing is for sure...It will look different from the last that you saw! With constant variations on the elaborately embroidered, trimmed, and colorful silk costumes in which they were originally dressed, you can find so many genuine versions like this one.

    With dark brown glass sleep eyes, an open mouth with two high upper teeth and ethnic features molded into the light olive color bisque, this adorable infant adds another international aspect to your collection. The nicely detailed, five-piece Kestner composition body is also painted in an Asian-toned complexion and it is even marked “Made in Germany” in red ink across the back neckline. The original, short black human hair wig sits atop the head and into the back of the colorful cap that matches the outfit, is attached a long black human hair braid, sometime called a cue. The two piece original silk costume does have some weak spots but is mostly intact.

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HUGE  Googly!


Please make way for this phenomenal, 15” Kestner 221 googly who makes a statement without even opening its mouth! What a character with her brown glass, side-glancing sleep eyes, jolly watermelon mouth, and her cherubic, moon-shaped head with fine painting of features. She retains most of her original plaster pate under her original mohair wig of short, blond curls.

At the very top of her forehead is a 1/2” factory red surface line that is really nothing but she wants you to know anyway. And that body! A fully jointed, chubby Kestner toddler body with straight wrists and playfully posed fingers. Her silky cream shift is made of antique material as is her lacy pinafore having a convenient front pocket that carries her vintage teddy bear toy. Check out those ivory leather antique bootines with snap closures and also her flower adorned, fine straw hat.

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Hertel and Schwab 165

Lots and Lots of Googly!


Stop the school bus because this 19” Hertel Schwab 165 googly girl has reached her destination! She gets all the attention with her awesome presence having blue, side-glancing sleep eyes, a watermelon smile, pale bisque and soft coloring, and an antique human hair wig in long braids.

Her fully jointed, chunky toddler body has jointed wrists and is in beautiful condition with just some restoration to some of the fingers on the left hand. White cotton undergarments are beneath her comfortable chambray jumper with attached white blouse, her stockings are a fun red and white stripe and her light brown leather shoes, all being antique.

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Super Rare Body on this Kestner 221 Googly!


If you need to fulfill that last category in your collection of Kestner 221 googlies, or if this is your first Kestner 221 googly, please take note as this is not only a very large model (15''), but she is on a super rare Kestner body type. The bisque head with brown glass, side-glancing sleep eyes and watermelon mouth is on bisque shoulder plate that swivels, and the torso, upper arms and upper legs are sturdy, cork filled components.

Together with the typical Kestner rivet jointing, composition lower arms and lower legs and Kestner paper label on her chest, she makes for a proud addition to any collection. If you choose to cover this outstanding body, her multi-layered play clothes are fun and casual with a blue and white print pinafore over a heavy cotton, long sleeved dress that buttons in the back, to reveal her fancy cotton, lace trimmed, rear closing bloomers.

Check out her white cotton, lace trimmed onesy undergarment! She wears antique socks, shoes and an vintage lacy organza bonnet. This great leather body is in very good condition with just a couple of patches on the upper arms. This one is so much fun to hold or to pose in a sitting position. 

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Carl Bergner Multi-Face Doll

Life brings many moods, even for a small child, so to accommodate the swing of life's daily atmosphere comes this Carl Bergner character doll with three rotating faces.  There is the content grin of the smiling face, the agitated grimace and molded falling tears of the crying face, and relief achieved with the peaceful sleeping face.  The head can be turned by just pushing the face around gently, as the original turning knob on top of the head is not so easy to use.
The smiling and crying face have blue glass inset eyes, while the sleeping face has eyes closed under the resting eyelids.  The shoulder plate is of paper mache or composition and it has cracks on the surface but it is not fragile.  The jointed arms and legs are also of composition with the torso and upper thighs being of a stuffed, heavy muslin when two pull strings that say "mama" still work very well.  The peachy pink dress and matching frilly bonnet are made of antique materials, with the undergarments, stockings and leather shoes all antique.  17" overall from the top of the head casing to the feet.

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Petite Kestner 221 Googly


Adorable and only 11”, we have a Kestner 221 googly with blue, side-glancing set eyes, watermelon grin, multi-stroke eyebrows and fine painted lashes, original plaster pate and an antique, blond human hair long wig.

Her healthy, composition toddler body is fully jointed, even at the wrists and is very conducive to fun posing. Clothing is a simple, antique white cotton, two piece dress with light blue polka dots, her undergarments are antique as are her pale blue cloth shoes. Red straw hat with organdy ribbon trim is a vintage addition.

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Kestner 221 Googly at the Seaside


Darling in her navy blue, white and red print sundress, this shoeless Kestner 221 googly (11 1/2") is ready for the seaside! She has set, blue glass, side-glancing eyes, a watermelon smile on her jolly round face with flushed cheeks and her body is a fully jointed, super chubby Kestner toddler model.

She has her original auburn mohair wig over her original Kestner plaster pate. Underneather her sundress is a two-piece, lace trimmed set including onesy pantaloons and matching slip. Her body is in great shape except for a couple of cracks at the top joint of her right lower leg. Just pop that vintage cotton print beach hat on her head and she is ready to go!

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Simon Halbig 949 with Closed Mouth      The Judy McDonald Collection

Definitely made for the French market doll trade, this Simon Halbig 949 child (13 3/4") does not fail to impress.  She has intense, blue glass eyes, a closed mouth with pouty, rouged cheeks, lushly painted lashes and brows, pierced ears and an abundant, blond mohair antique wig. She is like that child you know that has those unmistakable, rich molding of features and expression found on this 900 series of Simon Halbig dolls.
Continuing with her French persona, she has a fully jointed, French type body with straight wrists, similar to the body you would find on a Jumeau doll of her time.  Her costume, made of antique lace and fabrics, is bound to get attention at the party with it's opulent design and matching, fancy brimmed, flower adorned chapeau.

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Kestner 172

Gibson Girl

The Kestner "Gibson Girl" mold 172 appears again with her Turn of the Century attitude and confident pose.  Her pale bisque shoulder head has an angular face that is tilted up, just like the ladies in the drawings of Charles Dana Gibson during that time.  She has blue glass sleep eyes, a closed mouth that wants to give its opinion at any moment, and her original brunette mohair wig in the famoud Gibson up-do.
Her fine, rivet jointed leather body, a standard of Kestner is in excellent condition with lower arms of bisque and joints at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.  Her satin party dress is made of antique fabrics and trim, and her cotton undergarments a quite deluxe with pantaloons, an opulent half-slip and a camisole padded in just the right places.

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Simon Halbig Early Boy and Girl

$1975. for the pair
A delightful pair of early Simon Halbig bisque dolls (9 1/2") with molded blond hair, glass eyes, very pale complexion with soft shading and decoration, bisque lower arms and linen bodies that are jointed at the shoulders, hips and knees.  Both in regional costumes of Germany, the girl has brown glass eyes and the boy's eyes are a vibrant cobalt blue.  The girl wears her elaborate head dress, the costumes are mostly bright and in good condition, however the back of the girl's purple skirt has faded considerably and there are vertical slits on the left side of the skirt. 

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