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December 2014 Issue...

The well known papier mache and china doll expert Christiane Grafnitz has written a compelling article on the early dolls of J.D. Kestner. Records indicate that by 1815 J.D. Kestner was selling paper mache goods, including doll heads to other European countries, so we may assume that he began production even earlier. Christiane discusses the company’s paper mache production and shares some unusual examples, including the rare doll on our cover. Kestner sample sheets illustrating the rich variety of caps, bonnets and hats of that time complement her informative article.

A chance encounter with “Nelly” led Fritzi of Fritzi’s Antique Dolls to specialize in very large antique dolls measuring 36 to 42 inches. Typically special ordered for a child from a family of means, they are difficult to find but worth the effort. In her article she shares some of her favorites.

In this country an angel or a star often tops our holiday trees, but in England it is the Christmas Fairy who deserves the place of honor. Margaret Kincaid has been collecting Christmas Fairies (not to be confused with angels who don’t carry wands) for years and shares them with us in her article on holiday traditions.

We return to my friend Ann Meehan’s house to take another fascinating tour of two dolls’ houses, a circa 1860 Georgian, purchased in London and a magnificent Mystery house, formerly in the Enchanted Dollhouse in Vermont. These elegant one-of-kind houses are rich with the trappings of a privileged and lavish lifestyle.

Jan Peterson counts among her many passions Cartes de Visite photos of little girls and their dolls and exquisite calling cards. The charming CDV’s in her article allow us to peek back in time to study the doll, children’s clothing, hairstyles and the furniture of the period. The colorful lithographed cards remind us of an earlier and gentler era.

The Bavarian Nationalmuseum in Munich is known for its outstanding collection of Neapolitan, Sicilian, Tyrolean and Bavarian wood carvings including street scenes and nativity scenes. You will be amazed at the incredible artistry seen in these figures, buildings and accessories.

We’ve even added a complete index …all issues dating from 1997 to our current issue. And for even more of your favorite antique and dolls visit us on our Blog: antiquedollcollectormagazine.blogspot.com

Happy Holidays to all our Friends!