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Posted 5 years ago


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My grandmother (deceased) collected dolls. I know her origin and her
marks are "Made in Germany" 390 A O1/2 M but I cannot find out
the doll's name. she has a straw hat and old time dress with pinafore and
pantalones. Just want to know her name?

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  1. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    Hi your doll 390 German Armand Marseille has no name per say she is made by German Company Armand Marseille. The Number 390 is her mold number and it is one of the most common found mold numbers on the composition jointed body they also did along with #370 on on a kid body . Yours is called a "Dolly face" vs a "Character face " Your doll has a replaced wig she should have a mohair or human hair wig to make her look like when she was made . Her eyes have become a bit misplaced but can be reset so they are in correct position . Very pretty and thanks for sharing her .
    History of German Factory that made her
    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 and 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.

    In 1919 Ernst Heubach and Marseilles merged and formed the United Porcelain Factory of Koppelsdorf (Vereinigte Koppelsdorf Porzellanfabrik vorm Armand Marseille and Ernst Heubach). By 1932 the two companies went their separate ways.

    Marseille used many different doll markings; an anchor, upside down horseshoe, Made in Germany, + AM, + the many other manufactures initials for whom they made bisque doll heads which are listed at the bottom of this page.
  2. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    here is one that sold. Remember they don't always have exact same mark on neck but always 390 and AM or name

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