|Photo is courtesy of Beth from Bland Properties|
This expectional "museum piece" half doll was just auctioned on eBay and commanded the highest price, that was ever paid for a half doll on eBay. The outstanding half doll was made by Dressel & Kister of Passau/Bavaria. The lovely lady wears a blue cap and carries a basket atop of her head. The basket is filled with multi-colored very fine flowers (every single flower is formed by hand). A dove is molded to the rim of the basket. The doll is clearly marked with the bishop`s crozier and measures 7" in height. Molding and painting are amazingly fine done. This half doll was sold for ..... WOW! unbelievable ...... 10.600 US$ = 8500 Euro. Congratulations to the winners and a big THANK YOU to Beth from Bland Properties / Missouri, who kindly granted permission to use her photos. THIS doll is truly everything .... but not bland!
|Photo is courtesy of Shona & Marc Lorrin from their book THE HALF DOLL Vol. 5|
This half doll was also made by Dressel & Kister and is actually a sister to the above mentioned doll. HOWEVER, the basket atop of the head doesn`t originate from Dressel & Kister and it is NOT ORIGINAL to the doll. As per statement of German D&K collectors, who had the chance to examine this particular doll a few years ago, is there a hole in the head of the doll. Obviously the original basket was broken off and the damage resp. the hole is covered with a basket from an unknown manufacturer. The quality of the flowers and the basket is worse and not comparable with the Dressel & Kister quality and this "odd" basket is virtually too small for the doll. In my opinion is this a poor repair and this doll is worth a fraction of the lovely D&K doll with the original basket.