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Posted 10 months ago

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KSS1954
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Is this a common doll in the antique world, or do I have something rare? I believe the era is 1910-1920. My mom told me she cut the dolls hair when short bobs came into style.

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  1. Manikin Manikin, 10 months ago
    Hi your doll is one of the most common to find in German Bisque dolls . Your Mom is right about date . Her sister doll # 390 and her #370 . Difference is 390 has a all composition body vs your kid leather one. Her monetary value is not high but her being your Mom's Doll makes her priceless and I hope you preserve her to pass on in family . That so many of these breakable dolls survived is that girls valued them and took very good care of them . In some homes they only got to play with them on Sunday and then they were put away till the next week . Very nice heirloom . Thanks for sharing her :-) PS if storing her place her face down on a soft cloth it keeps eyes from falling back and plaster that holds them in and makes them open and close can give way and her eyes can fall back or fall into head .
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    Armand Marseille of Sonneberg and Koppelsdorf, Thuringia, Germany was one of the worlds largest and best known bisque doll head manufacturers. The founder was born in 1856 in St. Petersburg, Russia the son of an architect and immigrated to Germany with his family after 1860. In 1884 he bought the toy factory of Mathias Lambert in Sonneberg and in 1885 acquired the porcelain factory of Liebermann & Wegescher in Koppelsdorf
    . . . and his empire in the doll world began.
    From 1900-1930 it's reported Marseille produced 1,000 bisque doll heads a day, they made bisque head baby, children, lady and character dolls, on cloth, kid or composition bodies, most with glass eyes, some with painted eyes, with the most commonly found doll molds of 370 (shoulder head on a cloth or kid body) and 390 (socket head on a composition body). Marseille interestingly did not produce the body of their dolls, but purchased those from other doll manufactures.
  2. Manikin Manikin, 10 months ago
    KSS If you got my post please respond so I know it was recieved and mark this solved please . Thank you kindly
  3. KSS1954, 10 months ago
    this was very helpful information. Thank you

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