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Object Name Doll
Date ca. 1895
Description Girl doll. Bisque porcelain head with sleep-eyes and a blonde wig. Composition body with jointed limbs. Marked "14" on the back of her head. She wears her original clothing of a beige dress with a high waist, long sleeves, and puffy shoulders; she wears a petticoat and drawers under her dress, and has a blue plastic bead necklace around her neck. Attributed to J.D. Kestner, Germany. Overall height is 21 inches.
Acquisition Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sofield
Ownership and History This girl doll was probably made by the noted doll manufacturer J.D.Kestner in Germany. The doll does not have a maker's mark, but has characteristics that suggest that particular maker, including heavy and shiny eyebrows; ears that are not pierced; and a crown opening covered by plaster, rather than cardboard or cork. Her clothing reflects the styles of the 1890s, particularly the large puffy shoulders that were fashionable then.

This doll belonged to Daisy DeHart of Mariners Harbor, Staten Island. Daisy was born ca. 1878.

Earliest Date 1890
Latest Date 1900
Maker Kestner, J.D. (attributed)
Subjects Dolls
Lexicon Sub-category Toy
Associated People DeHart, Daisy
Catalog Number T03.0140
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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