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This antique Marie Antoinette inspired half doll was made by A.W. Fr. Kister and was likely produced sometime in the early to mid 1900s. Half dolls owe their name to the fact that they were sold as a "half" of a person, usually a woman; half dolls were designed to be attached to various objects that a fashionable lady might have in her boudoir, ranging from pin cushions to powder boxes or even makeup brushes. This particular half doll is an excellent example of a higher quality piece from a German company, hence the higher auction result compared to less detailed (and more messily painted!) half dolls that are sold on eBay.