Antique Kestner Dolls

Johannes Daniel Kestner, Jr., began producing high-quality dolls with papier-mâché heads and peg-jointed wooden bodies in 1805 in Waltershausen, Thuringia. By 1845, his J.D. Kestner doll manufacturing company had become a success. Following these wood-and-paper dolls, the company produced dolls with composition heads and cloth bodies. Kestner, was an early proponent of porcelain heads, so he added porcelain and bisque doll heads to his...Continue Reading