Small Antique Bisque Dolls, Treasures From The 1800's and Early 1900's
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Antique Bisque Dolls
Many early Antique Bisque Dolls were usually small
dolls. Either a stiff frozen unjointed figure or joined with wire
attachment or strung with string or elastic. They were manufactured
as early as the 1860s and even into the 1940s.
The earlier Dolls were made of all bisque had molded styled hair, others had molded hats or bonnets. Some had "bald" heads with a tiny pate to hold a little wig. Some were modeled nude, others had molded bisque clothing. Molded and painted boots or shoes and socks were very common.
The Red Riding Hood Doll is a pink bisque.
During the 1880s, through the early 1900s, Wanamaker, Marshall Fields, and Montgomery Ward all advertised small bisque dolls. As with most baby dolls of this period, Germany manufactured and supplied the major stores in the US. Many all bisque dolls bear the mark "Germany," while others have only a number to identify.
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Because they are small, many of these precious Antique Bisque Dolls have been found in boxes, tucked away with their small wardrobes. Dresses and hats made from scraps of material, lace, feathers, and even teeny buttons were made by a loving mother or a talented young girl long ago.
little girl has over 20 tiny exquisite hats!
Wigs were usually human hair, but this particular doll has one fashioned of yarn.
This tiny girl, on the right, has a human hair wig.
The pair of babies were found in an old Christmas gift box. With them were identical matching suits of clothing.
Old cigar boxes were "treasure" boxes for children and had yielded many doll treasures.
Because little Antique bisque dolls were small and easily handled by children....they were also easily LOST!!!! Which brings me to the second part of this article.
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