Can anyone help with the signature/company name that appears on the head of a china doll? I think it says Keystone. The doll's body and clothing appear old, and I assumed the head was also, but I don't know what to make of this mark. Your input is much appreciated!
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i suspect this is the work of a doll artist who scratched his/her name into the shoulderhead before firing. It would help if you could post a picture of the face.
I understand (from research) that some companies that made reproduction china dolls would put the company name on the shoulder, as it appears on this one. Also the signature just looks new. So I accept that. But I'm a little confused about how to identify this doll as the body looks old (purposedly aged in some way?), and the clothing, both underclothes and dress, look and feel old. So I wonder if it's part old, part new? I'm adding photos of the body and underclothes.
The painting on your doll is wrong for antique china head dolls, she was painted with less skill & detail.
Here's an example from my collection, she's a German china circa 1850-60's , notice the difference in the painting.
The entire doll is a reproduction. The style of the body, the stitching, the types of fabric, etc. are not consistent with an antique china doll. However, this does not mean she is necessarily brand new. Making reproduction dolls has been a popular hobby since the 1950s. I would categorize your doll as a vintage reproduction made by a home hobbyist.
Thanks so much, mouseshy -- and everyone else who replied. I really appreciate it! And I will take your advice in listing it.