J. D. Kestner, Jr. of Waltershausen, Thuringia, Germany began making dolls as early as 1820. Two reproduction Kestner Hildas are illustrated above.
Antique Black Hilda
Antique Black Hilda (click the German Dolls button and scroll down)
9-inch Heubach Koppelsdorf 399 Character Baby (scroll down to view)
16-inch Armand Marseille #351/14K Baby
Germany remains steadfast in the manufacture of beautiful dolls representing all ethnicities. Their modern play line and artist dolls rank high in quality and are desired globally by parents for their children and by collectors for their collections. Examples of these will be included in the next post.