Effanbee, Truly Quality Dolls

Effanbee Dolls, truly quality dolls which have endured

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Where to start!!!!

Effanbee. Bernard E. Fleischaker and Hugo Baum started manufacturing the F&B.....Effanbee doll circa 1912. Truly quality dolls which have endured well over the many years since their creation. Effanbee indeed honored their slogan "Effanbee Durable dolls."


200 Years of Dolls: Identification and Price Guide


This particular version of the Heartbeat Baby is circa early 40's I believe. A key-wind on the back enables the mechanism to tick as the babies heart "beat."

A chubby composition and cloth darling and very difficult to locate in good working condition.


Love these girls!

Although the torso is often marked "Anne Shirley," the majority belong to the "Little Lady" line.

Anne Shirley was the actress who portrayed Anne in the (year) movie "Anne of Green Gables." The original Anne Shirley generally has long braids like the character and wears little girl type dress.

Little Lady may have been advertised as early as 1938 in the mail-order catalog of Montgomery Ward......but they appear to have slender hands......believe attributed to Dewees Cochran design. The girls that took up permanent residence in our home have the thick chunky hands. Just a matter of preference.......all of these dolls are lovely. 

1945 Montgomery Ward catalog

eBay has a rather large set of listings of vintage Effanbee 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.  

Little Lady dolls are often found in excellent condition. The composition is of such a quality that there may be little or no crazing. Ranging in size from 15"........

to a heavy 27"................

................. they are striking in their original gowns, or school dresses.........or redressed in appropriate clothing from the 1940's era.  

There are many versions of formal gowns. Taffetas, tulle, velvet, and chiffon. Some have an applied glitter.  

Some of my favorite Little Lady/Anne Shirley Effanbee dolls were made during the War years Click this link for a look

Often the Effanbee Dolls were referred to as "Little Lady" and "The Happy Birthday Doll"---she could play "Happy Birthday" after being wound up with the key Click this link for a look at another page

Collecting Dolls: Reference and Price Guide

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We all love to share. If you have photos and information pertaining to these early 1900's composition and cloth dolls, please fill in the form below to "Show and Tell" your favorite F&B Doll. We all have interest in how they were located, the use of materials in their clothing and anything else you would like to share with other avid collectors.

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I have a honey Effanbee doll from the 1950s. She is currently in her bridal dress but originally she also had an after wedding outfit of blueish shiny …

Effanbee Phinny Boyle Boxer Doll 
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Original F & B Babyette 
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Sailor Musical Doll 
This little sailor EFFANBEE LOVUMS (marked on back of head) belonged to my brother in law. He is old as he had him in 1938 when my BIL came to the USA …

Effanbee Doll... w/short, curly (soft) hair. 
This doll was a favorite find with my mother-in-law who just passed away. She evidently had one of these dolls when she was a young girl. In her …

This doll was given to me by my 82 year old mother. It was her doll as a child. She must have been cherished because she is in marvelous condition for …

Looking for information 
I found this doll in a thrift store and would like some information about her. She is about 16 inches tall and has sleep eyes and an open mouth with …

Famous People F & B Collection 
I have inherited, through the passing of grandparents, a collection of Effanbee Dolls. I have recently went through them and taken some pictures. …

2 Mysterious Girls! Help ID? Not rated yet
I stopped collecting dolls for a while. THen while doing some Flea marketing for a new project I came across these 2 beauties (see photos). I like a …

Beautiful Anne-Shirley to sell Not rated yet
This was my mother's doll, and it has her hair! It is in spectacular condition. One broken finger, but no other marks I can see. Clothes are vintage …

Anyone familiar with this doll? Not rated yet
She is only marked 'Effanbee" on the back of her shoulders

Margaret Not rated yet
My mother bought me a honey Effanbee doll in approx 1956. Currently she is dressed in a bridal outfit and I know she had a going away outfit in blue …

Is she a gemmette doll? Not rated yet
She is missing her head piece and her necklace. On her back it is marked 1963 EEGEE Co, on her neck made in Hong Kong 1963. I have had her since I was …

Beautiful 18 inch long Effanbee doll. Not rated yet
I have had this doll for over 20 years but do not know much about her. I would appreciate knowing something of her history and value. This doll I am …

Composition doll  Not rated yet
I went to the Brimfield Antiques Show this weekend in Brimfield Massachusetts. I fell in love with this doll when she caught my eye at the first tent …

A proud new owner! Not rated yet
I have been collecting NEW dolls from different artist for the past few years but never owned an OLD antique doll. I have always wanted one. I was …

My babies... Not rated yet
Dear people...I am a new doll collector and started my doll collection just for fun... I remember my first composition doll!!!!I paid $18.00 and it …

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