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Unmarked composition girl doll, two bow loops 13"

 

Composition dolls were made by American, English, French, German and Japan doll makers. 

 

Water is a composition dolls worst enemy, extremes of temperature in Heat, Humidity over time, affect the wood material which expands or contracts, the painted surface on top doesn't, instead fine lines appear in the paint called crazing and cracks that expose the material below. 

 

After World War II (1939-1945) plastic material was developed that was light and durable, by the end of the 1940s plastic replaced composition as a material used to make dolls by American doll makers.

 

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Antique to Vintage Composition Dolls Identified & Composition Doll Makers

1918-1920 Art Craft Dolly Face doll, 21"

1918-1920 Art Craft

Dolly Face doll 21"

 

1921-1922 Atlas Toodles doll, 11"

1921-1922 Atlas Doll Co,

Toodles doll  11"

 

1917-1921 Babs non mechanical walking doll, 29"

1917-1921 Babs, Coleman, Manhattan,

a non-mechanical walking doll 28"

 

Berwick Doll Company 1918-1930 - USA best known for their Famlee Dolls, 16" tall, composition doll heads and limbs, jointed legs, wigged, cloth body with shoulder plate, came with three to eighteen interchangeable screw on heads of both boys and girls, had matching costumes for the character heads ie: Black dolls, Ching Ching doll, a Chinaman doll, Funny Face clown doll, Little Sweet Face doll, Miss From Holland doll, Nurse doll and others.  Doll head marked on metal screw PAT. APR. 12.1921

 

In 1931 doll production was taken over by the European Doll Company.

1921 Berwick Famlee doll set 16"

1921 Berwick Doll Co. Famlee doll, 16"

Bester Doll Company Inc. 1919-1921 - in Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA manufacturer of mostly all composition jointed character dolls, doll marks are Bester Doll Co. Bloomfield or B.D.C. Inc., doll mold 60, 78, 1124.

1919-1921 Bester Character Girl doll, 22"

1919-1921 Bester Character Girl doll, 22"

1948 Herman Cohen Sizzy doll, 14"

1948 Herman Cohen Sizzy doll, 14"

Herman Cohen dolls 1920s-1949 - House of Puzzy USA made composition character dolls the Good Habit Kids.

 

Sizzy doll, 14" tall, all composition jointed body, painted facial features, closed smiling mouth, molded painted orange hair.  Doll marked: H of P USA, Sizzy H of P USA.

 

Puzzy doll, 15" tall, all composition jointed body, painted facial features with big eyes and freckles, open smiling mouth, molded painted orange hair.  Doll marked: H of P USA, Puzzy H of P USA.

1948 Herman Cohen Puzzy doll, 15"

1948 Herman Cohen Puzzy doll, 15"

Comic Character dolls, sizes vary, doll makers unknown, dolls are unmarked

 

Comic Character, Funny faced boy doll, 14, 19" tall, (shown at right) with large wide open painted eyes heavily lined in black, composition flange head, molded painted brown hair, up turned nose, open mouth with four painted upper teeth, cloth body, arms and legs, composition molded gloved hands. Wore a red, white and navy blue plaid sleeveless vest, white long sleeve shirt and navy blue knickers, looks like a golfers attire.  We are calling him a young Rodney Dangerfield caddy or golfer - but that's a tongue & cheek guess.

 

Comic Character, Kayo doll 13" tall, (not shown) all composition with molded black hat, jointed jaw and neck, one piece body with molded painted on clothes, Moon Mullin's bratty little brother from the Moon Mullin comic strip by Frank Willard 1923-1991.

Comic Character doll, funny faced boy doll 19"

Comic Character doll

Funny Faced Boy doll 19"

Confetti Dolls, Inc. 1930s+ USA - made all composition painted eye dolls, similar to Nancy Ann Storybook dolls, but not the same quality or Heinz & Kerr dolls and Dress-Me type dolls too, it is unknown how, if they marked all their dolls. Some small Storybook type dolls are marked Confetti Dolls on their back.

Confetti Dolls, Inc. Storybook type doll 6 1/2"

Confetti Dolls, Inc. Storybook doll 6 1/2"

Dollcraft Novelty Company doll 1920s+ USA - Lone Ranger & Tonto dolls 1937, 10 1/2, 15 1/2 or 20" tall, composition flange head and lower arms, stuffed cloth body upper arms and legs, stitched hip joints, molded painted hair, painted eyes, closed mouth.  The Lone Ranger and Tonto are dressed in faux buckskin and suede clothing and each has a holster with two guns.  Hi-Yo Silver!  Made by the Dollcraft Novelty Co. New York, USA.  (Used the doll head mold from Reliable Of Canada). 

 

Dollcraft Novelty Co. also made a RCMP Royal Canadian Mounted Police doll or Mountie doll, using Reliable's head mold.

1937 Dollcraft Novelty Lone Ranger & Tonto dolls

1937 Dollcraft Novelty Co.

Lone Ranger doll, Tonto doll, 20"

Dollcraft Novelty Co 1939 New York Worlds Fair dolls, 8-9, 12-13, 17-18" tall, made International dressed dolls of about 34 different countries. Some doll names as stated on hang tag are: "I am Aino of Finland doll, Colleen of Ireland doll, Ermine of Turkey doll, Greta of Sweden doll, Jeannine of Alsace-Lorraine doll, Katrinka of Holland doll, Lassie of Scotland doll, Little Bo Peep doll, Marguerita of Roumania doll, Sophia of Poland doll, Sonya of Russia doll, plus many other dolls, all composition jointed body, molded hair beneath a wig, painted side glancing eyes, closed painted mouth.  Clothing is often stapled to the body.  Dolls are unmarked.  Made by Dollcraft Novelty Co., distributed by Joy Doll Products Company.  Dollcraft Novelty also made Vocational Dolls:  Edith the Nurse doll, Girl of the Golden West doll and a Storybook Doll series.

Dollcraft Novelty Greta of Sweden doll, 8"  1939 NY Worlds Fair doll

Dollcraft Novelty,

Greta of Sweden doll, 8"

1939 New York Worlds Fair doll

Elektra Toy & Novelty Company dolls 1912-1920 - NYC, USA, made composition character dolls with a cloth body or all composition, most with painted eyes glancing to the side with molded painted hair. Many dolls resemble German bisque doll molds similar to K & R and Kestner, designed for Elektra by artist Ferdinand Pany.  Doll marks Elektra T. NC NY., Elektra T. N. C. NY., ET & N Co. or E. T. & N Co, ETAN Co. N.Y.

 

1912 Billy Boy doll, Jolly Jumps doll, Goo Goo eye dolls, Amy doll (croquette type with blue dimensional molded ribbon on head), and Laurie doll - theses last two dolls are based on the Little Women book and NYC show by Louisa May Alcott.

1913 Fritzi doll and Mitzi doll, Automobile Boy and Girl dolls, Margo doll and Frou Frou doll, Jockey dolls, plus others.

1914 Boy doll with side parted hair, Girl doll with blue ribbon around head, Black Boy doll with side parted hair, Suffragina doll and The Favorite dolls

1915 Dutch Girl doll with pink painted molded dimensional hair bow, Uncle Sam dolls.

1916 All composition dolls, Sampson doll, Chubbie doll, Tootsie Wootsie dolls.

1917 Rosy-Posy doll, copy of German bisque mold, all bisque one piece head, body, jointed arms, Kewpie like, unmarked with paper label on base.  

1920 Elektra advertised Walking Dolls.

1916 Elektra Character Boy doll 15"

1916 Elektra Character Boy doll 15"

Doll mark ETAN Co., N.Y. - all composition character socket head, composition jointed body with bent limbs, molded painted brown hair, blue painted eyes, closed mouth.  There is a larger 22" size doll with a doll mark Elektra T.N.C. NY, Copyright, with this same head mold.  If this big boy doll is wearing a wig his name was Chubbie or Tootsie Wootsie.

Sampson 20" tall, came in black or white dolls, flange head with a cloth body, same mark as the 22" size doll, same head mold as both above dolls.

 

Gem Toy Company dolls 1913-1928 - Gem Doll Corp 1929-1931 NYC, USA - Gem made 1914 Character dolls in composition; 50 different models of Boy dolls or Girl dolls, 1918 O-U-Kid doll a cherub like similar to the Chubby Kid doll shown below, 1922 Flossie Featherweight doll, Walking and Talking dolls.  1924 Baby's Voice Mother's Choice dolls.  1925 Just Born doll infant.  1927 Billy Boy doll, Cuddle Baby doll.  1928 Hug Me baby doll, Dinah & Topsy both black dolls  1931 Patsy type dolls.  Mama dolls, Chubby Kid doll, Five in One doll. 

Many Gem dolls often have the company name marked on the dolls back, round labels or tags on clothing.

Late 1920s-1930s Gem Toy Mama Doll, 29"

Late 1920s-1930s Gem Toy Co

Mama Doll, 29"

1920-1931 Gem Chubby Kid doll shown on right, 12 1/2" tall, a Buddy Lee doll look a like, cherub or kewpie like face, all composition, jointed only at the shoulders, long painted eyelashes, painted side glancing eyes, molded painted hair or mohair wig, slight smiling watermelon mouth, painted socks and shoes or painted boots for boy dolls.

Gem Chubby Kid foot paper labelDolls are unmarked, but some may have a paper label on bottom of foot that reads; Gem Chubby Kid.  Boy doll and girl dolls have been found in sizes up to 18" tall.  These character dolls were sold or given as prizes at carnivals and fairgrounds, thus they are called Carnival Dolls by collectors. 

Gem's Chubby Kid doll is also referred to as a Betty Lee doll, sister to Buddy Lee, but NO such doll was made for or sold by the H. D. Lee company (contact them yourself).  It's a myth by sellers of the wigged, unmarked, dressed in female clothing, Gem Chubby Kid doll.

1920-1931 Gem Toy Chubby Kid doll, 12 1/2"

1920-1931 Gem Chubby Kid doll, 12 1/2"

 

 

Columbia Doll & Toys (1917-1922)

 also made a Chubby Kid doll.

 

J. Halpern & Co, Halco Dolls 1923-1951 a Pittsburgh, PA USA company made composition Mama dolls to hard plastic transition dolls until 1951.  Little is known about this doll manufacturer.  Most dolls are unmarked.

 

1930s Halco Quality Doll, 18 and 24"" tall, composition shoulder plate head, full composition arms and partial lower legs, cloth stuffed body and upper legs, brown tin eyes, open mouth with two upper teeth, mohair wig, sorta a Shirley Temple look a like LAL.  Doll is unmarked.

 

Late 1940s Fluffee doll, 30" tall, hard plastic head, mohair wig, sleep eyes, real upper eyelashes, painted lower lashes, open mouth with four upper teeth, cloth stuffed body, composition arms and legs.  Doll is a transition doll with both composition and hard plastic parts and is unmarked.  Sorta a Shirley Temple look a like LAL.

 

Late 1940s Lady Lee doll, 29" tall, hard plastic head, mohair wig, sleep eyes, real upper eyelashes, painted lower lashes, open mouth with four upper teeth, cloth stuffed body, composition arms and legs.  Doll is a transition doll with both composition and hard plastic parts and is unmarked. Same doll as above with another name, sorta a Shirley Temple look a like LAL.

1940s Halco Fluffee Doll 30"

1940s Halco Fluffee Doll 30"

Composition and hard plastic doll

Herby doll, 12" tall, all composition jointed at the neck and jaw, black side glancing pupiless eyes, wearing molded painted clothes; red and black stripe cap, red jacket with yellow collar and yello9w upper emblem, yellow pants, black shoes, doll maker is unknown, doll figure is unmarked.  Herby is the little brother of comic character Smitty by Walter Berndt, Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate from 1922+.  Herby's own comic strip was created in 1930-1973.

Herby doll, 12" tall, comic character by Walter Berndt

Herby doll, comic character, 12"

ca. 1930s Hoo Choy the Little Goddess of Good Luck, Chinese doll, 13-13 1/2" tall, all composition doll, jointed at the shoulders, molded painted black hair, some also with a short black mohair wig, black painted eyes, closed mouth, black painted slippers, wearing her Chinese outfit of a embroidered tunic, matching pants and embroidered cap.  Doll is unmarked but came with a paper hangtag.

ca. 1930s Hoo Choy the Little Goddess of Good Luck, Chinese doll, 13-13 1/2"

ca. 1935-1940s Sybil Jason dolls, 14 or 19" celebrity doll, all composition dolls are unmarked.

See our Sybil Jason doll page for more info.

ca. 1935-1940s Sybil Jason doll face, 14" a child actress star

ca. 1935-1940s Sybil Jason doll, 14"

Joy Doll Corporation 1920-1939+  a New York, USA doll company, were officially licensed to sell the 1939 New York World's Fair dolls, that were made for them by the Dollcraft Novelty Company, dolls are unmarked but clothing was tagged and doll had a hangtag. 

 

Joy Doll Corp. made Mama baby dolls, stuffed animals, Dixie Belle dolls, 12" Baby Joyce a Patsy type doll with molded hair, painted blue eyes, closed mouth, 1929 Joyce doll 16" tall, with molded painted hair or wigged, blue painted eyes, closed mouth, wore a floral print dress and hat and represented a little girl.  1939 World's Fair dolls;  Dandy Goodwill boy doll, Girl of To-Morrow, International Girl, Maid of America, Mother of All Nations dolls.

1939 New York Worlds Fair, Joy Doll Corp, International Girl doll 20"

1939 New York World's Fair doll

Joy Doll Corp, International Girl doll 20"

M & S Shillman dolls 1924-1930 USA - not much is known of this short lived doll company, they are best known as a supplier or jobber of dolls in trunk sets with clothing and accessories.

 

Shown at right, M & S Shillman, 1924-1930 Mama doll, 17" tall, composition flange head, arms and partial lower legs, cloth stuffed body and upper legs, molded and painted hair, flirty sleep eyes, open mouth with two upper teeth.  Doll mark M & S.

1924-1930 M & S Shillman Mama doll 17"

1924-1930 M & S Shillman, Mama doll 17"

composition and cloth, doll mark M & S

Magic Light Products Co dolls 1930s-1940s of New York, USA - this doll makers history is unknown to us, Patsy type doll, 9" tall, all composition jointed body, molded painted hair some with a wig over the hair, painted side glancing eyes, tiny painted closed mouth.  Iris Halsey was the owner or doll designer.  Doll has also been found in all cloth.

1930s-1940s Magic Light Lumia Doll, 9" tall, is visible in total darkness, if you hold her for a few seconds by a light source she will glow, no phosphorus or aluminum is used in production, thus the doll is totally harmless, doll is unmarked.

Photo courtesy of littlemarz

1930s-1940s Magic Light Lumia Doll, 9"

1930s-1940s Magic Light, Lumia Doll, 9"

Maxine Doll Company 1926-1930s - a USA company, made composition Mama and Baby dolls, some of their dolls are copies of other dolls.  Some Maxine Dolls are;  Gloria Lou doll a composition and cloth Mama doll with open mouth, four upper teeth or all composition doll, after 1929 Armand Marseille Baby Gloria doll with a bisque or rubber head and other dolls.

 

1929 Mitzie doll, 14" tall, a Patsy type look a like, socket head with all composition jointed body with/or without body twist ball jointed waist, molded painted hair, large painted eyes, doll is marked Mitzie  Note: These dolls were also sold by: Averill whose dolls were named Jimmie doll and Dimmie doll, Horsman who called her Boots doll and Sears was named Tootsie doll, all dolls unmarked.

1929 Maxine Doll Co. Mitzie doll, 14"

1929 Maxine Doll Co. Mitzie doll, 14"

Metropolitan Doll Company 1924-1929 - a USA company that made composition dolls and doll parts, including:  Mama dolls, Baby dolls, Girl with Hair loop bows in both white or black dolls.  Some of their dolls were designed by famous doll sculptor Ernest Peruggi.

 

Doll shown on right; Hair Loop Bow Girl doll, 21" tall, composition shoulder head and partial lower arms, deeply molded wavy painted hair with hair loop for a bow, blue painted eyes, single stroke eyebrows, closed mouth, cloth stuffed body with full or partial cloth legs, doll mark: Metropolitan Doll or unmarked.

 

 

1924-1929 Metropolitan Hair Bow Girl doll, 21"

1924-1929 Metropolitan,
Hair Bow Girl doll, 21"

1912 Mitred Box Coquette doll black bootsMitred Box Company dolls 1911-1917 - was a short lived doll maker in New York city, USA.  Only four composition doll models have been found by this company and some of these show characteristics of the same body construction as  the Amberg dolls, thus they may have shared suppliers.  Some dolls by Mitred may have a doll marking of: Yankee Doll, Made in USA or are unmarked.

 

1912 Coquette doll, 14", all composition jointed doll, Coquette is a copy of Gebrüder Heubach's bisque head doll, doll molds 7788 or 7850; molded painted hair, molded painted blue hair bow, blue painted side glancing eyes, closed smiling mouth, painted black molded boots, doll is unmarked.

1912 Mitred Coquette doll 14", Gebruder Heubach copy

1912 Mitred Box, Coquette doll, 14"

Mitred Box Company - continued

1912 Mitred Box Singer doll, 14" tall, all composition jointed doll, the Singer doll is a copy of Gebrüder Heubach's bisque doll head, doll mold 7764 or 7851 that is referred to as the Singing Girl doll or the Singer doll, with a slightly more elaborate molded hair style than the above Coquette doll, molded painted blue ribbon bow, painted blue eyes, an open mouth, painted molded boots, this doll is also unmarked.

1912 Mitred Box Singer doll 14", Gebruder Heubach copy

1912 Mitred Box Singer doll, 14"

Modern Toy Co. dolls 1914-1926 NYC, USA - founded by Julius Johnson and Max Roth they made Mama cloth and character composition dolls, all composition bent limb Baby dolls, Character dolls and a doll line of Hug Me Dollies.  Doll marks M.T.C. or M.T. Co.

 

Doll shown at right; 1914+ Modern Toy Character Girl Doll, 15" tall, composition flared head and hands, cloth body, upper arms and disk jointed straight legs, molded painted hair, painted blue eyes, closed mouth.  Doll mark M.T. Co.

 Modern Toy Co doll mark:   M.T. Co.

1914+ Modern Toy Character Girl Doll 15"

1914+ Modern Toy,

Character Girl Doll 15"

Natural Doll Company 1915-1966 or National Doll Company 1923-1940s

 

Character Doll, 1920s, 14" tall, cloth jointed body and limbs, composition head with molded painted hair, painted facial features with open smiling mouth.  Doll marked on neck: N.D. co.

 

This marking was used by both; Natural Doll Company and National Doll Company, thus we are unsure which was the actual manufacturer.

1920s Natural or National Character doll, 14"

1920s Natural Doll Co or 

National Doll Co, Character doll, 14"

Natural Doll Ritzy Chubby Baby dollNatural Doll Company 1915-1966 USA

Owned by Charles Colombo

Ritzy Chubby Baby Doll seems to be Natural's trade name, which is found on doll hang tags - brand rather than a singular doll name.  The silver tag with navy writing reads; It's a NATURAL, Ritzy Chubby Baby Doll, by Natural Doll Co. Inc., Est. 1915, Made in USA.

Ritzy Chubby Baby Doll shown on left, is all composition jointed body, molded hair, sleep eyes, closed mouth, has her hang tag.  Larger sizes have a shoulder plate head on a cloth body with sleep or painted eyes, also came as a black doll and Ritzy Boy dolls.  Doll is unmarked.  Natural went on to produce hard plastic and vinyl Miss Ritzy dolls, too, in the 1960s.

 Natural Doll Co. Ritzy Chubby Baby doll 15"

Natural Doll Ritzy Chubby Baby Doll, 15" plus other sizes, all composition jointed body, molded hair, wigged or both, sleep eyes, closed mouth.  Doll is unmarked

 

Nibur Novelty Company dolls 1914-1929 - a USA doll manufacturer, made composition dolls in various sizes, also sold doll heads and doll parts.  Marked:  NIBUR within a diamond.

 

1920s Nibur Novelty, Baby Doll, 12" tall, shown at right, composition head & limbs, cloth body, painted facial features, closed painted mouth, molded painted hair.  Marked on shoulder plate: NIBUR in a diamond.

 

1920s Nibur Novelty Baby Doll, 12"

1920s Nibur Novelty, Baby Doll, 12"

Perfect Toy Manufacturing Company dolls 1919-1930s USA

1930s Perfect Toy, Marianne doll, 18" tall, composition shoulder head, arms and legs to above the knees, cloth stuffed body and upper legs, jointed at the shoulders with stitched hips.  Mohair wig in long cork screw curls, tin sleep eyes, open mouth with three upper teeth.  Came wearing an organdy dress with matching bonnet, socks and leather shoes.  Doll is marked Perfect on the back shoulder plate. For reference see Ursula R. Mertz, Composition Dolls Volume II, book page 337.

Doll shown is wearing a dress with a label that states:  Marianne an Arranbee doll.  Dress fits perfectly, appears original to the doll.  See also the Marianne on the Arranbee doll page.

                                        Photo courtesy of Tream

1930s Perfect Toy Marianne doll, 18"

1930s Perfect Toy Marianne doll, 18"

Quan Quan Company dolls Los Angeles, CA USA - ca. 1930s Ming Ming Baby doll, 11" tall, Oriental or Asian boy doll, all composition jointed body, molded hair, painted eyes and closed mouth, que hat (wisdom hat) with black braid, painted black bottom of feet for soles of shoes.

 

ca. 1930s Ling Ling Baby doll, 11" tall, Oriental or Asian girl doll, all composition,  both came dressed in a two piece pants set made of taffeta with braid trim and matching hat.  Ling Ling has painted white bottoms of her feet for soles of shoes. 

 

Dolls were both produced by the Quan Quan Company of California and both dolls are unmarked.

1930s Quan Quan Co.Ming Ming baby doll 11"

1930s Quan Quan, Ming Ming Baby doll, 11"

Santa Claus doll 1930s, 19-20" tall, all composition, fully jointed at neck, shoulders and hips, molded red cap, white beard and mustache, painted blue eyes, rosy cheeks, closed mouth, wears a red flannel "Santa" suit trimmed with white plush faux fur, black oilcloth belt and boots, carries a red flannel sack; filled with who knows what kind of goodies.  Santa is unmarked, doll maker unknown USA.

1930s Santa Claus doll 20"

1930s Santa Claus doll 20"

Three in One Doll Corp - Trudy Sleeping, Awake face doll

3 In 1 Doll Corp - Sleepy Trudy doll face and Smily Trudy doll face

Three in One Doll - Trudy Crying face doll

Weepy Trudy doll face - a multi face doll

Three-in-One-Doll Corp., 3 IN 1 Doll Corp, 1946+ USA - Trudy a multi-face doll 14 or 20" tall, has a single composition head with a knob to turn to show the different faces; Sleepy Trudy face, Smily Trudy face and Weepy Trudy face, came dressed in five different outfits, including a bunny ear outfit.  The Trudy doll head is unmarked, Trudy's hang tag states; An Elsie Gilbert Creation Patents Pending, plus the doll and company name.

Additional Composition Doll Maker Company Information

Abramham & Straus doll mark Baby Violet

 

Abraham & Straus Co 1903-1930 - in Brooklyn, NY USA, trademark name Baby Violet a bisque head, also made composition dolls dressed in national costumes ---------------------->

 

Abramson, H. C. Company 1918-1919 - a short lived USA doll manufacturer, made all composition or composition heads on cloth body dolls, usually with molded painted hair and painted eyes.  Abrahamson doll mark is unknown.

Acorn Doll Company 1919-1921 - USA made all composition or composition heads on cloth bodies, wigged or molded hair, painted eyes orAcorn Doll Company doll mark symbol of an acorn sleep.  Dolls are of mediocre quality.  One doll marking found for the Acorn Doll Company is a picture of an upside down acorn with the initials A.D.C. in the top of the acorn body and American Made printed in the lower cap, as shown at right ------------->

Alisto Manufacturing 1919-1920 - USA produced composition dolls with molded on clothing usually about 12" tall.  Some registered doll names are: 12" tall, 1920 American doll, Esther doll, Cupid dolls, Love Me doll.  The Alisto doll mark is unknown.

American Ocarina & Toy Company 1919-1921 - a USA manufacturer, made novelty all composition dolls.  Dolls are of mediocre quality & it is unknown if, how they are marked.  Trade name American Beauty dolls, 30 different styles, sizes 16-19", composition jointed bodies, sleep or stationary eyes, some with curly wigs, Snookums doll, Karo Princess doll who has a body made like an ear of corn.

American Produced Stuffed Toy Company 1917-1920 - a NYC, USA manufacturer, made dolls with composition heads on cloth bodies, mostly Baby dolls and military dolls; Nurses, Sailors, Soldiers.  Doll mark is unknown.

American Toy & Doll Manufacturer 1917-1918 - a USA company, made baby dolls, teenage composition dolls, of good quality.  Dolls may be marked: A. D. Co. which is also a marking used by the Aetna Doll & Toy Co. although the two companies are unrelated.

American Toy & Novelty Company 1917-1930 - a USA manufacturer, made composition baby, character & teenage dolls of all composition or composition & cloth, and are of good quality.  It is unknown how dolls are marked.  In 1930 the company merged with the Frank Plotnick Company who specialized in cloth type dolls, both companies ceased soon after 1930.

 

Arcade Toy Manufacturing Company, Inc. 1913+ - of New York, USA, made composition dolls usually with molded hair & painted eyes, cloth body with disk pinned cloth legs have been found.  It is unknown when they ceased to exist or what other types of dolls they manufactured.  Doll mark is unknown.

 

Arcy Toy Manufacturing Company 1912-1930 (was known as Bell Toy Co. in 1920, Bell Brand dolls) - of New York made dolls of bisque, celluloid and composition, Daddy Long Legs dolls, dolls are generally of good quality.  Marks:  ARCY © 1914.

Baby Phyllis doll mark Phyllis Made in Germany, Baby Phyllis 24014

 

Atlantic Toy & Mfg Co 1917-1930+ New York, USA manufacturer, made composition Mama dolls, walking & talking dolls, baby dolls, used Voices, Inc. voice boxes, dolls can be marked Atlantic Toy Co.

 

Baby Phyllis Doll Company 1917-1929 USA doll manufacturer, made composition dolls 14-26" tall, also imported bisque dolls from Germany.  Dolls are of good quality, unknown how the composition dolls are marked, but the imported bisque doll marking is usually: Phyllis, Made in Germany, Baby Phyllis, Made in Germany 24014 and is probably made by Armand Marseille.

 

Lilli & Roman Baitz dolls 1909-1938 Berlin, Germany, beginning in 1914 they made composition head folk art character dolls with wired armature bodies, dolls maybe marked Lilli Werkstatten L & R Baitz Berlin or the dolls name + Baitz.  From 1947-1999 the Baitz company was revived by employees and was known as Kunstgewerbatelier Baitz Nachfolger operating in Austria.

 

 

Baker & Bennett Company 1902-1925+ USA doll manufacturer, made small composition dolls, best known for their advertising Spearmint Kid doll.  Distributed Ideal Novelty and Toy Company dolls.  Baker & Bennett used the doll mark BB & KILLIBLUES.

 

Baltimore Bargain House 1881-1919, then American Wholesale Corporation 1920-1929, then American General Corp. 1929+ (acquired by Butler Brothers) USA, importer and distributor of bisque and China head dolls, celluloid, composition, cloth, rubber and wood dolls.  Premium and carnival character dolls; 1917 Charlie Chaplin doll, Clown doll, Red Cross Nurse doll, Rough Rider doll, Sailor Boy doll, Uncle Sam doll, Yama Yama Kid doll, each 36" tall, composition head and hands, jointed limbs, painted eyes, cloth body, Queue San Baby all bisque doll, 4 1/2".

Beck Manufacturing Company 1888-1921 USA doll manufacturer, made composition baby & child dolls with glass eyes and wigs, dolls were dressed in dark knit clothing, so they would not show play dirt.  Also later, imported bisque head dolls from Europe.  Doll mark is unknown.

Bellas Hess & Company 1914-1920 USA doll manufacturer, while they mainly sold bisque head child dolls, they also sold bisque baby dolls and composition dolls.  Dolls are of good quality, it is unknown how, if dolls are marked.

 

Berry & Ross Doll Company 1919 USA doll manufacturer, they were completely owned and operated by minority black Americans, they produced black composition and military dolls.  Dolls are of good quality, it is unknown how, if dolls were marked.

 

Best & Company 1902-1927 USA, used the trademark Snuggles, supposedly made and distributed dolls possibly made of; bisque, celluloid, China, composition, cotton, glass, metal, rubber, wax, wool and wood. Doll mark is unknown.

 

Bijou Doll Company 1915-1917 New York USA doll manufacturer, made composition doll heads with cloth bodies 11" tall with a mohair wig and 14" tall with painted hair.   It is unknown how dolls are marked.  It appears a bankruptcy petition was filed by creditors on September 12, 1917 according to The New York Times.

 

Blechman & Sons 1922-1927 USA doll manufacturer, made composition dolls, registered the trade name Charm doll.  It is unknown how the dolls are marked.

Bleier Brothers Company 1920s USA doll manufacturer, produced a composition Abe Kabibble doll, a Jewish comic character in Abie the Agent (1914-1940) created by cartoonist Harry Hershfield (1885-1974).  Registered trade name was Bee Bee Brand doll, it is unknown how / if dolls were marked.

J. Bouton & Company dolls 1902-1930s USA doll manufacturer, made bisque baby and child dolls, also composition Mama baby and character dolls.  They are probably best known for their musical Baby Phyllis doll.  1925 Baby Bunting doll, is another trade name.  It is unknown how dolls are marked.

Bouton Woolf Company 1920s USA doll manufacturer, made composition dolls, usually copies of other manufacturers known dolls, such as a Patsy look alike named Phyllis, they also supplied dolls to other dealers.  It is unknown how dolls were marked, the composition Patsy look alike Phyllis doll is marked Phyllis.

Emma L. Bristol Company dolls 1860 or 1886-1900 Provenience, Rhode Island, USA doll manufacturer, made composition shoulder head dolls with kid leather bodies, human hair wigs, molded painted blue eyes, closed mouths, doll mark BRISTOL'S UNBREAKABLE DOLL,  273 HIGH St. PROVIDENCE, RI.   

Capital Toy Company 1923-1930s USA made Mama doll, Character doll and Baby dolls of composition, under the trade name Cee Tee doll, it is unknown how dolls were marked.

Central Doll Mfg. Co 1917-1921 USA made composition character dolls, soldiers dolls, nurse dolls, Baby dolls and Carnival character dolls.  It is unknown how dolls are marked.

L. Cohen & Son dolls 1923-1929 USA made composition Mama dolls with cloth bodies, trade name Elco doll, made a singing and talking doll.

Colonial Doll & Toy Company 1917-1922 USA - founded by David Zaiden, made all composition dolls or composition heads on a cloth stuffed body, advertised the heads as having a "bisque finish" also used bisque Fulper heads.  1920 Baby Cuddles doll in three sizes, composition and cloth.  Dolls heads may be marked: Zaiden.

Columbia Doll & Toy Company 1917-1922 New York City USA - Columbia's dolls were distributed by Sears, Roebuck & Co., other doll names are Miss Columbia doll, Chubby Kid doll (see also Gem Chubby Kid doll) and Columbia Jr doll.

Crown Doll Mfg. Company 1927-1929 USA made composition head & limbs Mama dolls on cloth bodies.  It is unknown how dolls are marked.

Crown Toy Company 1930s-1940s+ USA - made composition wood, Walt Disney licensed Character dolls, best known for their Pinocchio character, doll marked PINOCCHIO, W. Disney Prods., Made in the U.S.A., Crown Toy Co.

Dollparts Supply Company 1940s-1950s NYC, USA - was a catalog doll hospital supplier and distributor of Ideal and Effanbee

Dy-Dee doll parts.  Some catalog doll supplies are; undressed Arranbee Debu'Teen doll or Mary Hoyer look a like dolls 14", all composition jointed slim body, mohair wigs, sleep eyes, closed mouth, dolls are unmarked.  Undressed look a like dolls 15"; Arranbee Nancy doll, Vogue Make Up doll or Alexander Princess Elizabeth dolls; all composition slightly chubbier jointed body than previous doll, mohair wig, sleep eyes, open mouth, dolls are unmarked.  Also sold wigs, doll arms and legs, doll stands, milk bottles, teeth, underwear, shoes and more.

 

Eureka Doll Co 1923-1930 USA - made composition mama dolls, character baby dolls, Baby in a Cradle doll, with molded painted hair and painted eyes or wigged with sleep eyes, it is unknown how or if other Eureka dolls are marked.

Exposition Doll & Toy Manufacturing Company 1921-1935 NYC, USA - best known for their composition Mama Baby dolls with mama crier voice boxes by Voices, Inc., Baby dolls, Johnny Gruelle licensed Raggedy Ann doll and Raggedy Andy doll, of which only a few cloth Raggedy Ann dolls were produced in 1934-1935, Character dolls including the star cartoon character Scrappy doll, from Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems division, animated cartoon film in 1935 "Help Wanted" created by animator, director Dick Huemer for Charles Mintz's Krazy Cat Studio in 1931.  The 1937 Scrappy doll is 16" tall, composition flange swivel head, hands with four fingers, red molded composition shoes beneath his red and white striped stocking encased legs, cloth cotton stuffed body and limbs, black painted molded hair and black oval cartoon eyes, open mouth with tongue, dressed in a rayon silk shirt, velvet rompers (shorts with attached suspenders) in various colors.  The Scrappy doll is unmarked.  It is unknown how or if other Exposition dolls are marked.  

L.D. Co. 1914-1915 USA - unidentified doll maker that used the composition doll marking L.D. Co. 1914 and L.D. Co. 1915, probably located in New York City.  For reference these marked character composition and cloth dolls can be found in author Ursula R. Mertz, Collector's Encyclopedia of American Composition Dolls 1900-1950, books; Volume I, page 315 and Volume II page 317.

Ernst Maar & Sohn 1917-1930 (GER), made bisque (heads by Marseille or Schoenau & Hoffmeister), celluloid, composition dolls, doll mark EMASO, 256 AM.

 

Modern Doll Co. 1926-1927 NYC, USA - founded by Irving Kaufman who made sleep eye composition Mama dolls with criers from Voices, Inc.  Doll marks M.D.C., MD & T C NY.

 

New Era Novelty Company (Nenco) 1914-1916 Newark, NJ USA - made composition character dolls; 1915 Yama Yama doll, Nenco S'Kooter Kid doll and Our Baby doll.

 

Penn Stuffed Toy Co 1924-1930 New York City, USA - made composition and cloth Mama and Baby dolls, walking, talking and sleeping dolls, dolls have human hair or mohair wigs, painted or sleeping eyes.  1930 dolls names Lialla, Quaker Dolls, and Valencia,  doll mark; inside a circle symbol of a Mama doll, Penn Doll Trademark.

 

Progressive Toy Co. 1917-1924 USA - best known for their Admiration Baby dolls 16 or 24" tall of light weight wood fiber and composition, jointed, also made all composition dolls, molded hair and or wigged, 14 or 16" tall, Walking and Talking dolls with cloth stuffed bodies and mechanical Hula Island dancer dolls. It is unknown how dolls are marked.

 

Quaker Doll Company 1915-1930s Philadelphia, PA USA - was a doll distributor, importer of German bisque dolls and American composition character dolls, some of which bear their doll marking.  Doll mark QUAKER LITY using the first three letters of QUAker to complete the second word LITY in mark, (Quaker Quality).

 

Superior Doll Mfg. Co 1915-1922 NYC, USA - made all composition dolls 9-29" tall for a short time, president was David Zaiden a chemist.

 

Tajimi Trading Co. 1895 & Takito, Ogawa & Co. 1905 of Japan - exporters of porcelain products including bisque doll heads, joined to form Taiyo Trading Company 1919 - Tajimi used a five petal cherry blossom with a T in the center as one of their many trademarks.  See next entry.

 

Taiyo Trading Co. 1919-1920s USA, Canada - made 16" tall, composition shoulder head and arms dolls, nailed to a wooden body with a simple walker mechanism and wood legs.  Dolls were advertised as typical of the character portrayed by Fay Bainter in the production of "East is West" beginning on December 25, 1918.  Dolls named Ming Toy doll and Geisha doll, dressed as Chinese children, doll mark H.B. Co.

 

Trion Toy Co dolls 1911-1921 USA company managed by Adolph Cohen, made composition character dolls, some dolls dressed and sold by Averill, doll names are; 1915 Georgy-Porgy doll, Happy doll, Little Rascal doll, Pettish Polly doll, Smiles doll, Sunshine doll, Toodles doll all designed by Ernsto Peruggi1915 Pa-na-ma doll designed by Adolph Cohen. 1916 Sanitrion doll.  1919 My Belle Marianne doll.  1920-1921 Limber Lou doll, distributed by Riemann, Seabrey Co., Babs baby doll.  Doll mark symbol; large T with stick figures hanging off the top T bar,  RION T OY CO. vertically down each side of the center T bar with Inc. at bottom, Trion Toy Co, Inc.

 

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