Kestner Fashion Half Doll

Oooh La La!  Kestner Fashion  Half Doll

Kestner Fashion half doll 1923Half dolls came into popularity in the 1920’s. Clothing reflected the Renaissance period featuring the royalty and excesses of the period. What is very different from the typical china glazed, 3″ half dolls normally seen that she is bisque finished, is bald so needs a wig and is fully clothed. This Kestner fashion half doll is the largest Kestner made, 6 inches with a matted flesh finish and supported by a wooden cage frame, adding another 8 inches. Secondly, she is unique with her arms  strung, allowing for movement, posing and an elaborate French Fashion assembly.

Marked Germany 77 with blushing on her breasts and hands for stunning details.  Features are delicate with feathered brows, detailed eyes, openKestner Fashion Half Dollclose mouth and blushed cheeks.  The Kestner fashion half doll costume is multi-layered.  Copied style from an 1872 afternoon costume featured in John Burbridge’s book Les Petites Dames de Mode, the colors compliment her coloring. The foundation is a full slip, full length crinoline, and bustle.  The striped skirt of lawn features metallic thread borders. Her over-skirt is shirred  on the sides, as well as bustle in the back. The trim on all layers gather organza loops and bows. The square neckline is left bare or, for the more modest, a lace chemisette and pin.

Cage frame

cage framework

cage framework base

cage framework plan

John Burbridge’s book

Les Petites Dames de Mode

inspiration for dress

John Burbridge's book Les Petites Dames de Mode

Victorian Les Petites Dames de Mode

Woven hat base covered

with tulle crown, organza

ribbon, red parrot

feathers & fabric


Kestner French Fashion cage doll hat

Hat front view

French Fashion back hat

Back View Tulle & Ribbon

eyelet petticoat

Eyelet Petticoat

flounced bustle

Full length flounce crinoline

hip bustle

Traditional Hip Bustle

Kestner Fashion Half Doll assembly

Pleated & bow trim

Kestner Half Doll

Side View Layers

French Fashion back view

Bustle with 3 layers


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Janie Nafsinger
17122 W. Locust Lane
Caldwell, Idaho 83607

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We received the doll yesterday. She arrived in great shape and looks EXCELLENT! We are very pleased with the job you did.
Thank You

Paul Wilde