Antique Kestner 257 baby Doll

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Description of Doll for Sale

Here is a wonderful example of an antique Kestner 257 character baby doll.  Kestner made her in Germany in the 1920's.  She has great flirty eyes and is 16 inches tall.  She is on an original stamped Kestner body with it's original finish. The body is immaculate and still has it's original red line painting.  She has an open mouth with two teeth and a wobble tongue. She has her original human hair wig that is a short baby cut but is nice and full with no thinning.  She is wearing a vintage child's christening gown with a great crocheted bonnet.  Under the gown she has an vintage slip and great knit booties. Kestner's 257 mold with flirty eyes and a character face is every bit as cute and desirable as the ever popular Kestner Hilda. 

Head Mark


257 .

Made In


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body mark

Made In Germany

The head is marked as shown: 

Condition of Doll for Sale

The bisque head is perfect with no chips, cracks, rubs or repaint.  The wax on the eyes is intact with good color.  The body has its original finish with no chips, cracks, crazing, repairs or repaint. The vintage clothes are in good shape with no foxing, stains or repairs.  The fabric in the gown is very fine but it has some wear spots and some shredding. (see pictures) You can click the pictures to see close-ups of the condition. 

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This is an antique doll that will have some wear and imperfections expected in an antique or vintage doll.  I make every effort to describe all significant flaws in my descriptions and show them in the pictures.  Please read the description fully and examine all the pictures to be sure you understand the condition of the doll.  The pictures can be enlarged to show the doll in great detail.  If you have any questions or would like any additional information on this doll please email me and I will be glad to answer your question.  California residents are responsible for California Sales tax in addition to the purchase price shown.

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Availability: In Stock

Cost Price: $250.00 Shipping & Insurance: $25.00 Dollnum: #325


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Terms and Shipping

The shipping charge includes packaging, insurance and tracking information.  Dolls over $500 will require a signature when they are delivered. I sell and ship only to the continental US (no Alaska and Hawaii).  I often ship by UPS so the shipment must be to an address (no P.O. boxes).

All items are guaranteed to be as described on this page regarding condition, attribution and attire. If you purchase something from me and feel it is not as represented on this page please contact me by phone, email or postmarked letter within three days of receiving the item and I will gladly refund your full payment excluding shipping fees.  To get a refund the item must be returned in it's original condition and with all garments and accessories. If you do not contact me within three days of receiving the item, it is understood by both the buyer and the seller that the item is as described and a return privilege is no longer available.