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Kestner Dolls

Kestner dolls were originally produced by Johannes Daniel Kestner Jr. He began producing dolls with papier- mâché heads and peg-jointed wooden bodies in 1805. His doll making company, located in Walthershausen, Thuringia, Germany, was successful by 1845. Following the success of the wood and paper dolls, Kestner began making dolls with composition heads and cloth bodies. Kestner, however, was a proponent of bisque head dolls, so he added bisque and porcelain doll heads to his line of dolls in the 1850s.

Johannes Kestner died in 1858 and his grandson, Adolf Kestner, took over the company. He purchased a porcelain factory and the company began manufacturing its own porcelain and bisque heads. These doll heads were attached to bodies made of composition, stuffed cloth... Read more

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