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rarewares, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
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I have an old bisque doll - googly eyed- looks like a

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i have an old bisque doll - googly eyed- looks like a kewpie, but no wings.
JA: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable. Tell us what else you do know and the Antiques Appraiser will be able to better assist you.
Customer: she is 12', BISQUE HEAD, COMPOSITE BODY, MARKED GES.GESCH ONEILL
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Antiques Appraiser should know?
Customer: JDK12
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
i am going to try to attach pics. i think you might need to see her
Expert:  rarewares replied 3 months ago.

Hello,
My name isCustomerand I would love to help.
Please use the Add Files feature on your screen to add pictures of the doll and the marks that you have described.
Also look on the back of her neck or shoulder for any more marks.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Ok. Will try
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I seem to have to send individually
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Another pic
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Another
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Do you need more?
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Hello there. Are you still researching? Thanks
Expert:  rarewares replied 3 months ago.

Great, thank you.

Give me some time to research. No need to sit by the computer, you will get an email when I respond.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Ok. Thanks
Expert:  rarewares replied 3 months ago.

This is a circa 1912 Kewpie Googly doll from the J. D. Kestner firm (marked O'Neill JDK 12) of Waltershausen, Germany.

Ges Geschutz is the German phrase similar to our 'copyright' phrase on items.

This is an authentic O'Neill Kewpie as they had a bisque head and jointed composition body.

This doll has a value of $6000 to $7000 retail on average and $8000 -$9000 if she is signed on the foot (see photo).

Rose O'Neill visited fairs and signed these dolls at the fairs post-production.

These folks are the best for consigning dolls... https://www.theriaults.com/

To finish, I will need you to click the five stars at the top of your screen and hit the submit button, thanks!

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Are you sure? It seems too good to be true- there are no wings on the back. I thought real kewpie a had blue wings?
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
No signature on foot.
Expert:  rarewares replied 3 months ago.

I am sure. I do need to make one correction- I meant to write 1920 for the date, not 1912.

Blue wings is not a mark/factor of authenticity. The early dolls did have a red heart on the chest, but those were the really early ones.

It would be wise to now show it to someone that can examine it in person

in case there is something that I am not seeing. The ones that were replicas were ALL composition/celluloid unlicensed dolls

that were made in Japan in 1920's in small versions. Yours is not one of those.

Not surprised that there is not a signature on the foot, those are really rare.

To finish, I will need you to click the five stars at the top of your screen and hit the submit button, thanks!