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Kammer & Reinhardt 127 Baby       The Judy McDonald Collection

A harder to find mold number from Kammer & Reinhardt, the 127 baby is an especially sweet character, especially in this smaller size of 10" long.  He has blue glass sleep eyes and an open mouth with teeth and some plump, rosy cheeks.  This version has the solid dome bisque head with molded hair that is painted a soft, sandy blond.
The five piece baby body with bent legs is in beautiful shape with original finish and the signature right hand facing in, the signature pose for the K*R baby bodies.  He will be making an impression to whoever sees him in his infant, two-piece sailor suit of cream and pale blue with matching
sailor cap and white cloth booties.  Ahoy there!

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A.M. "Just Me"!

Armand Marseilles character toddler "Just Me" in adorable 8" size and all original.  She has the unfired bisque head with blue, side-glancing or googly eyes that sleep, a tiny little turned down smile, chubby cheeks in a rosy blush, and a pale blond mohair wig.
Her five-piece, composition toddler body is in excellent shape with the right arm bent and the left one straight, jointed at the shoulders and hips.  Her original organdy outfit is a short, pink sundress with matching cloche bonnet and she wears her original, side snap oil cloth shoes with white socks.  She belongs in the unofficial Museum of Cuteness!

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JD Kestner

14 1/2"
 Character Baby

Say Hello to this new little one, a character baby by Kestner, incised "JDK", in almost mint condition.  He or she has blue glass sleep eyes with hair lashes, an open mouth with teeth and wobble tongue, pale bisque with a solid dome head and slightly molded, painted hair, and chubby, flushed cheeks! 
The five-piece Kestner baby body has original paint and glowing patina with the only flaw being one middle fingertip having been twisted at the time of manufacture.  Especially darling is the white knit apron that rests over the shoulders, crossing in the back, then tying around the waist in the front.  Underneath are some pretty irresistible knit bloomers with a row of buttons down the front.  All is finished off with some pale blue, knit booties.

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Heubach Googly Fisherboy

This Heubach cutie (7") has gone a-fishin' with his pole and sailor hat.  He has a bisque head, painted blue, side-glancing eyes, a watermelon smile and light brown painted hair with a molded tuft on top.
He has a five-piece, simple composition body, jointed at the shoulders and hips with molded and painted brown shoes and black socks.  For today's fishing trip he wears a red and white checkered cotton shirt and tan cotton overalls.  As of yet, the hook at the end of his line is still unoccupied!

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Franz Schmidt Flapper on Pedestal

Serving a dual role as doll and figurine, this 6 1/2" flapper girl, mounted on a low, gold-toned pedestal and wearing a festive original costume with towering original hat, reaches an overall height of 8 1/2" total.  She has a bisque head marked W&C, brown sleep eyes, an open mouth, original brunette bobbed human hair wig, a five-piece flapper bodyplus molded stockings and mustard gold, two strap pumps.

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Rare Kestner Multi-Head Presentation Doll

$6800.  ON LAYAWAY
It is not often that we get to see one of these impressive sets in person, let alone own one!  In the early 1900's, the Kestner factory offered this boxed presentation of a character head, making up at doll of 15", with a corresponding set of three different heads positioned alongside the whole doll.  While the dolls used varied, this particular set has the 179 character mold with brown painted eyes, open-closed mouth with molded tongue and blond mohair wig as the whole doll, on a fully jointed composition Kestner body, tied into the box. 
The three extra heads consist of a brown painted eyes 182 with sandy brown mohair wig and closed mouth, a brown painted eye 183 with blond mohair wig and open-closed mouth with molded teeth, and a blue glass eyed 171 girl with sandy brown mohair wig and open mouth with teeth.  All the heads have their original Kestner pates and the original presentation box has the factory label and is in good condition with some expected wear to the red paper-covered cardboard. The box is 16" x  9 1/2" x  3 3/4".

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Mein Leibling 117N        The Judy McDonald Collection

$1,750.   ON LAYAWAY
If you need your spirits raised for a moment, this Kammer and Reinhardt 117N (20") is up to the task with her blue glass flirty eyes, creamy bisque and healthy cheeks, open mouth with teeth and her original, shoulder length blond mohair wig.  Called the "Mein Liebling" she certainly is "My Darling" and whichever way her eyes are gazing, they will bring a smile to your face.
Her fully jointed composition body is excellent in condition and finish, and very pose-able too!  Although a shame to cover up, her body wears a fine quality, antique dress of pink and white striped cotton with pink ruffles at the sleeves, bodice and hemline that make her truly a "Darling".  Her undergarments. socks and leather shoes are all antique and she wears a newer watch fob pin as an accessory.  From the long-loved collection of  Judy McDonald.

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Kestner "Gibson Girl"

The Edwardian era of fashion was a brief one, making the hunt for dolls and clothing of that period an enticing challenge for many collectors. (Me for sure!) Based on the drawings of Charles Dana Gibson, this 19" lady's attitude with an upturned chin and confident pose makes her the poster child for a time when women were breaking boundaries and learning to find their place and be themselves.
Along with her clean, smooth bisque, she makes her statement with brown glass sleep eyes, a finely molded nose, tight closed lips and an auburn mohair wig in an easy but neat up-do.  Her bisque shoulder head is mounted on a Kestner, rivet-jointed leather body that has hinged, bisque lower arms.  As fashion began its extreme move into more ease for the women of the day, we see a much leaner silhouette, without the extra baggage of a bustle and frontal waist padding.  Under her dusty rose long skirt of antique silk and her lace blouse with puffed sleeves are her antique under garments that include an actual miniature brassiere.

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Simon Halbig 1009 Child    The Judy McDonald Collection

Here is a nice big girl, 28" tall, from the Simon Halbig firm with the mold number 1009, from a series of several attractive molds of the 1000 range.  She has warm brown sleep eyes, an open mouth with teeth, pale luminescent bisque with lightly shaded cheeks, pierced ears and an antique, ash brown mohair wig.
Her fully jointed composition and wood body with jointed wrists is of the French market type, with features that imitate certain details of French made bodies for bebes.  She wears an elaborately detailed cotton smock dress, antique undergarments, stockings and leather shoes, plus a crocheted antique cap with lavender ribbon trim.  Some wear to the surface of the body which is expected for one of this age, and some glue reinforcements at some joints.  From the long-loved collection of Judy McDonald.

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Kestner 143

16 1/2"
The Judy McDonald Collection

Here is a German child that is often collected in as many sizes as possible, due to its unending popularity and charm.  It is the Kestner 143, with brown sleep eyes, and open mouth with two teeth, antique blond mohair wig of curls, and distinct character molding and expression.  This is one of the earlier examples in production as it is not marked 143, but is unmistakably the mold.
The fully jointed German composition body with jointed wrists is marked "Germany" in red on the lower right back hip.  It is sectioned at the chest and there is a hole for a voice box  between the shoulder blades, but no sound is made by tilting the doll.  Her antique white cotton dress with lace and tucking is of high quality as are her undergarments, and she wears a gold metal chest pin just like mommy does.

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