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Nelling, Inc.

G e r m a n   D o l l s

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A Lot of Kestner Hilda!

What an impression this big 20" baby makes in what could be called life-size, if not more.  This is the Kestner 245 mold of the Hilda trio of molds, in beautiful, mouth with teeth, and smooth newborn bisque with a subtle, peachy pink tone and healthy blush. 
Her five-piece Kestner body has traveled through the century with little sign of aging or wear, having its original finish and patina.  Her white cotton Christening gown, with inserted lace, pleated bodice, and puffy sleeves could very well be what she wore from the start, along with her crisp cotton, organdy and lace bonnet.  Underneath is a fine knit cotton onesy to keep her warm and some added socks.  She sits on a flannel bunny blanket and holds a celluloid rattle to keep her comfy and entertained.

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Kestner Bru

The French firm of Bru inspired many other companies to issue their own version of a Bru bebe, Kestner of course being one of them.  With the genuine look of a Circle Dot Bru, this girl stands 15" tall with the palest, pure bisque, brown paperweight eyes, closed mouth with white space molded between the lips, gentle decoration of features, and an antique blond mohair wig.  She is just marked with a 0 at the back of the head.
She has a swivel neck on bisque shoulderplate with realistic molding on the chest, detailed molded ears, and nicely detailed bisque lower arms (one thumb tip off).  Her kid leather body also carries the characteristics of its Btu inspiration, with its half-circle cut hip seam, gusseted knees and elbows, and nicely detailed feet with stitched toes.  She wears silk dress made of old fabric and matching hat, with vintage stockings and white leather boots.

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Lots of Kestner Googly!

This Kestner 221 googly is 13 full inches of "happy", with bright blue, side-glancing googly eyes, curved, watermelon smile, feathered brows and lashes, and pale skin with light peach blush on her cheeks.  Her original mohair wig of auburn mohair has never been removed, and below is her never-removed, Kestner plaster pate.
Of course a rambunctious face like this needs an impressive body to carry it, and that she has, with a fully jointed, super chubby Kestner toddler body with molded baby fat on torso and limbs.  Just a bundle of personality with her cotton print smock, knit sweater, cap and socks and topped by a huge sky blue satin bow!

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Simon Halbig 1079

"Au Nain Bleu" Label

Offered from the Au Nain Bleu Boutique in Paris circa 1890, this sweet Simon Halbig 1079 wears her original costume of a Northern European region that bears the label from the renown store stitched under the skirt.  Her colorful outfit has layers of various fabrics including the deep blue velvet skirt, red woven apron and pleated, starched linen collar that encircles her shoulders, featuring festive metal trims and colorful ribbons.
She has blue sleep eyes, an open mouth with teeth, lovely pale bisque with subtle shading, pierced ears, and her original blond mohair wig in long double braids.  She is on  a fully jointed German composition body that has never been undressed since she was made and her costume was secured on at the factory.  So nice for a doll to retain her retail history from an era when dolls were not only playthings, but representations of many facets of life.

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Simon Halbig 1159

Shapely Lady

The appeal of the Edwardian era lady doll never seems to falter, one of them being the Simon Halbig 1159 who exemplifies the blossoming strength and conviction of women in society.  Her corseted silhouette is still stylish and feminine, but softer and simpler, paving the way for progressive changes in all facets of her daily life.
Her brown glass sleep eyes, open mouth with teeth, pale bisque and soft decoration are the basic features of so many Simon Halbig dolls, but this mold becomes an unusually lovely personna, made even more lovely with her upswept auburn mohair wig of wayward curls, around her slightly elongated and confident face.
Her shapely, fully jointed composition lady body bears the red ink stamp of Heinrich Handwerck, Germany, one of the many companies commissioned by Simon Halbig for various bodies used for their dolls.  Her antique, two piece cotton dress is from her period, and she has an attractive combination of undergarments worth displaying, including her corset, making its last stand in fashion history.  She has stocking with ruffled garters, antique heeled leather shoes, and a bold, velvet trimmed antique straw hat.  Definitly worth voting for!

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Rare Kley and Hahn 525

Handsome and endearing molding are just the beginning with this sought after Kley and Hahn character boy, a 19" number 525.  He has pale blue painted eyes, encircled by lifelike molding, soft painting and shading of his pale bisque, a full, wide, closed mouth, with beautifully sculpted ears and brush stroked, light brown hair.  The expertise of the Kley and Hahn artists shines in this almost human child.
He has a superb, fully jointed body with jointed wrists, marked between the shoulder blades with the word "Germany" and it allows for all kinds of playtime poses.  His two-piece knit outfit with matching cap is most probably original, and he even has a cotton knit tee shirt and fine cotton bloomers.  His knit socks match his costume and even the ties of his leather shoes match the crocheted tie that secures his wide collar.  He lived at the Legacy Doll Museum in Billings, Montana.

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Super Rare Heubach "Singing Girl"


This gentle face with open/closed mouth, molded teeth, blue, side-glancing painted eyes, abundant molded curls in a molded pink hair ribbon is the Heubach 7851 shoulder head version of the "Singing Girl". The socket head of this mold bears the number 7764 however both numbers are difficult to find in reference or price books.  Both versions fetch extremely high prices when a listing can be found, so this girl is a nice opportunity!  Her leather body is in factory clean condition with riveted joints, stitched toes and  bisque hands with the left thumb being repaired.  Her underwear has that original feel and fit, as does her antique organdy dress with pastel stitched trim and well fitting, black leather shoes with ankle straps.

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  So Rare, Heubach Googly 310


Whether this rare character (14") is an accomplished addition to your googly collection, or if it is the only googly you ever own, it guarantees to supply a huge amount of happiness to the room.  Ernst Heubach mold 310 is very seldom found and it shares some endearing qualities to other googlies, while having a very special something all its own.  The longer you look, the more you see!

  Dressed as a boy of the Edwardian period, this guy has a stationaery shoulderhead with huge, brown glass, side-glancing eyes, a watermelon smile, peachy bisque and whimsical short stroke brows, along with a mohair bobbed wig of medium auburn brown.  The body is a high quality, riveted leather body with great, fluid, Kestner-like jointing and bisque lower arms and hands.  The vintage wool beret and antique, coordinating cotton separates create a fun outfit for playtime or the seaside.

more German Dolls go to page 2


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