Kestner bodies are often stamped “Made in Germany or Excelsior” or have a paper label.If no identifying mark is visible, Kestner ball joint bodies, like the bodies found on Simon Halbig heads, are high quality bodies with good molding and substantial weight.Here’s how to find more help: EBay Dolls Discussion Board Post a new topic with a photo of your doll on the e Bay Dolls Discussion Board.The board has many friendly doll experts who volunteer their knowledge.
If the library doesn’t have the book you need, ask about its inter-library loan services. Online searches Use a search engine like Google, Bing, or Web Crawler to find:● Collector websites that I missed. Thanks.)EBay auctions Search for both current and completed auctions in the e Bay Dolls category.In the doll world, what you see is not necessarily what you get.There is an old saying, “Clothes make the man” and with dolls, clothes very often are the first thing to catch a collector’s eye.Jumeau bodies can have a stamp on the base of their back or later dolls often have a paper label. French fashion dolls on leather bodies can be found with a maker’s stamp on the body.Marked French bodies add to the value of the doll but just as with German bodies, if it is not original or marked, it should be appropriate for the period of the head.Other resources for identifying dolls Online websites do not cover everything, of course, and are only one reference tool to use for identifying dolls. hard plastic: hard plastic, & vinyl: Dating modern toys: info_datingmodtoys Describing for resale: doll materials: Glossary Identifying for resale (e Bay guides):1950s to 1960s: resources for identifying dolls You searched the websites, and still can’t find your elusive doll?Tip: If you don’t find the doll at first, try searching current auctions again, and check the box labeled “Search title and description.” Sellers usually include the marking or manufacturer name in the description, but not always in the title. Double-check the ID with at least two different sources when possible.Websites, books, e Bay auctions, or online sellers’ sites can contain errors.Some doll manufacturers such as Simon and Halbig primarily made doll heads so their heads come on a variety of bodies.What collectors look for with a Simon Halbig head is a quality German body.