Very rare 23 Sophia Smith hairstyle China doll by Kestner. Dates from the early 1850s. She has an antique body and is wearing an antique coat dress, which is roughly from the same period within about 20 years.Please know that there is a repair to one side of her shoulderplate. Thankfully, this does not affect her beautiful face. Her dress is in remarkably good condition for the age. I love the fabric and the details. It lacks enclosures and needs to be pinned.
Her body does not have any leakage. It is antique but not original to the head. Definitely appropriate and fits her well.
My last image shows a picture of the same mold with brown eyes from a reference book by Mary Gorham Krombholz. I have more antique toy and doll items listed so please check out my other auctions!Please check out my other auctions and add "ELSZEN" to your favorite sellers. Your one-stop shop for Vintage Hollywood, World's Fair Memorabilia, Antique Dolls, Paper Dolls, and Children's items, Victorian Paper and Advertising, Unusual History items and MORE! The item "Very Rare Early Antique Sophia Smith Kestner 23 China Doll Antique Dress As Is" is in sale since Monday, December 13, 2021. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls, Clothing & Accessories\Dolls & Doll Playsets". The seller is "elszen" and is located in Overland Park, Kansas.
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