These dolls are handmade artist dolls from the 1970's, by doll manufacturer Hedler in Arnstadt, East Germany (former DDR). Many Hedler dolls were inspired by the dolls of the miniature town 'Mon Plaisir' of Princess Auguste Dorothea of Schwarzburg-Arnstadt (1666–1751).
These are three musketeers, characters from the novel 'The Three Musketeers' written by Alexandre Dumas. They have cloth over wire frame bodies, stockinette faces. Their eyes are tiny black beads, eyebrows and eyelashes are painted on, their mouths are stitched on. They have cut-out leather hands. They all are holding a plastic weapon. Boots are made of imitation leather. Very good condition for all dolls. The one in the middle has an orange cape that is somewhat dirty at the back. The feathers on all hats have aged and are almost gone. Stands not included. One doll has the original label pinned on the back of it's cape that reads 'VEB Kunstgewerbliche Puppengestaltung Arnstadt, ELN Nr 182 49 000, Musketier II, EVP 13,70 M'.