|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.
|Maker||Kestner, J.D. (attributed)|
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