Some of the Most Beautiful Antique German Dolls
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Perhaps one of the
most beautiful bisque molds is the Handwerck 109. The large
almond-shaped eyes are one of the more elegant features and become
even more prominent in the smaller 18" version. Although an
Antique German doll, the 109 has a definite "French"
An excellent quality
bisque, Handwerck dolls were manufactured circa 1876 through the
early 1900s. The Handwerck factory was acquired by Kammer &
Reinhardt after the death of Heinrich Handwerck in 1902.
(Reference: Coleman's Collector's Encyclopedia of Dolls.)
The Handwerck 109 is frequently found on a ball jointed composition body marked Handwerck also. If you have read at length the information accumulated in the above-referenced book, you have become aware that doll companies often purchased parts and bodies from other manufacturers, so it is not unusual to find an original antique German doll with an unmarked body.
eBay has a rather large set of listings of vintage Bisque dolls for sale, if you are interested in a purchase, or to find values if looking for costs, it is necessary to register with eBay.
Shown are German,
French and a variety of others.
During the early
years of my own collecting, I watched other collectors amputate and
remove what I am sure were Antique German Doll original bodies just
because they were not marked the same as the bisque heads.
These instances were
that of dolls in "as found condition...straight from an attic or
cellar where they had been for endless years. The stringing cord was
black with dust and soot, stretched beyond use, but still firmly
attached to the body with firm hooks and clamps.
But, if the markings
were not the same as referenced in a book, or proclaimed by the
"experts," collectors separated the parts and replaced with
what they believed was correct.
I can just see a few of you sitting out there shaking your heads! But, I am one very happy doll collector because I do not take what I read or hear as the ultimate authority. Common sense and an appreciation for all those who research and publish books as a GUIDELINE have helped me acquire a flexible outlook in the acquisition of dolls.
Do you have a
collection of antique German dolls, or maybe only one?
We would love to hear your opinions, share your knowledge and just know your interests!
This very large 28" girl is a Handwerck 119. There is that #9 again! What do you think????? Simon and Halbig made the head?? Or perhaps just a coincidence that the #9 was used in a mold number. What a beautiful face!
Probably the best online area to search for more information about Antique German Dolls is eBay, there are books, dolls, even houses at times.
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Heinrich Handwerk Simon & Halbig 28" original clothes no numbers anywhere. Must be late 1800's ?
I have a 28" Heinrich Handwerk Simon Halbig doll with no numbers. Original clothes and shoes. Not sure of age late 1800's? …
heinrich handwerck doll with photograph of previous owner
Hi have what I believe is a beautiful Heinrich Handwerck doll. Her mold number is 99/12 with made in Germany on the back. She came to me via an auction …
Heinrich Handwerck Doll, ca. 1900
Bought this with the cedar hope chest she was stored in from an estate sale. The lady that passed had her since she was a little girl and kept her in the …
Simon Halbig Heinrich Handwerck # 550
This lovely doll was part of my mothers collection. She not only collected but repaired antique dolls for others. This one was my favorite. I named her …
"Carrie's Doll" Not rated yet
My mother (98 yrs) gave me her mother's doll recently. She is 27" tall with blue sleep eyes, open mouth with teeth, pierced ears with drop pearl earrings …
Taffy Not rated yet
I have a rather large doll that my mother gave me. She got it years ago from a cousin who went back to Germany after WWII and collected pieces of molds …
doll needed a home Not rated yet
Found this doll at a yard sale they were going to put her in the trash she was so pretty I had to buy her and take her home would love to know more about …
Njbonfam@hotmail.com Not rated yet
I have a beautiful Handwerck doll 79/10 which my mother inherited from her maternal aunt. Since I was the only girl (with 3 brothers) my mom gave it to …
pathill Not rated yet
I havae a Heinrich Handwerck doll that was purchased by my grandmother over 70 years ago. It remained inmy mother's attic until 26 years ago. She sent …
Learning to repair dolls and hand sculpt my own Not rated yet
Three years ago I started making art dolls and this is great because it taught me to make bodies of all types. I think this is true the …
Maggie Not rated yet
My mother left to me her Handwerck doll, in parts. I do not know if she was created by Max or Heinrich. She has sleepy blue eyes with eye lashed …