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Daisy is a doll that was used as a premium for
3 subscriptions and $4.50 to the Ladies Home Journal in 1911. There were
a total of 26,000 dolls made. The original order was for 5,000 dolls to
be made by the JD Kestner doll company in Germany. This doll was a
Kestner 171 head with a composition body. Simon and Halbig also
supplied dolls that are marked Heirich/Handwerck Germany 1.
It isn't a Daisy unless:
It is 18 inches tall.
Has Blonde Hair (usually Mohair)
Has Blue Eyes (usually sleep)
The Bottom Lashes are painted
Has a Ball-Jointed Kestner Body
An Open Mouth with 4 Teeth
Upper Lashes are MohairThis is an antique Kestner 171 Daisy doll. She is the real deal, she is 18" tall, has blue sleep eyes, bottom lashes are painted straight down, mohair lashes, open mouth with 4 teeth and a replaced blonde mohair wig.
There is a repair on the edge of her head on the left side, it is completely covered by her wig and is not noticeable at all when the doll has her wig on.
She also has a very tiny white mark on one cheek, barely able to see, I did photograph it, it is not a flake. Her eyes are bright and beautiful, she has all her lashes, her coloring is excellent, very nicely painted doll. Her composition body is in good condition, she has all her fingers and toes but the composition is a little miscolored around the tops of her legs. Her body is marked Germany 1, so you know she is the real deal.
I also have all the patterns for her complete wardrobe and will include them with the doll if I can find them. (they are reproduction patterns off the originals).
She is wearing a vintage dress a previous owner had made for her, cream colored shoes and crochet cream colored stocking and white cotton bloomers. She is a gorgeous example of this fine antique doll, she has a couple faults that in no way detract from her beauty!
Please email me if you have more questions.