Antique Kestner China Head Doll

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Description of China Head Doll

I have for sale a beautiful example of an antique China head doll attributed to Kestner.  The doll was made in Germany between 1860's and 1880.  It represents the epitome of German China head dolls made by Kestner in the 19th century.  The Kestner china head doll is 18 inches tall.  The doll is on an antique cloth body with pink tinted china hands and china feet with the cutest red heeled boots.  The doll is in great condition with no chips, cracks or repairs to the head, hands or feet.  The fact that the hands have a pink tint raises the possibility the head is not original to the body.  All the components are antique (1860 - 1880) but it is possible that the original head for the body was broken and the antique Kestner head was used as a replacement. 

The doll is wearing an antique black taffeta dress with two slips, a chemise and pair of bloomers.  The top slip is satin with black lace and the rest of the underwear is fine cotton.  The clothes are sewn on so I cannot see the entire body.  All the parts of the body I can see are clean with no rips or repairs.  The dress and underwear are antique and are old enough to be original to the doll.  The style of the dress is 1860 - 1870 at the latest. The black dress was often seen during and after the civil war.   


The head is unmarked as is common with most 19th century china head dolls.  Recent scholarly investigations has made a strong association between this particular model of head and the J.D. Kestner company.   

Condition of Doll for Sale


The china head and shoulder plate is perfect with no chips, cracks or repairs. The china feet and hands are perfect with no chips, cracks or repairs.  The antique underwear are sound with no rips or repairs.  The dress is sound but has a few splits in the folds of the skirt. There are a few small rubs on the hair at the back of the head (see pictures).  You can click the pictures to see close-ups of the damage.  The body is sound with no signs or rips or repairs. 

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: $500.00 Shipping & Insurance: $23.00 Dollnum: #176

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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.