Cuno & Otto Dressel, Uncle Sam doll, 13" tall
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The Dressel family toy and doll business
in Sonneberg, Germany has a long history and operated for a very long time, it passed from one
generation to the next, by 1873 the company was known as the Cuno & Otto
Dressel purchased bisque doll heads from noted
manufacturers such as: Simon & Halbig,
Schoenau & Hoffmeister and
possibly others. Dressel expanded to three factories in which; dolls were
produced in Sonneberg, metal toys in Nurnberg and wood toys in Grunhainichen, Germany.
Cuno & Otto Dressel
dolls of bisque, celluloid, china, composition, hard paste, papier mache, wax or
wood; Täuflinge or baby, child, lady and portrait dolls.
See below for
Cuno & Otto Dressel doll marks and doll mold numbers
1896 Dressel Portrait Doll Series, 10-15" tall,
bisque heads with portrait face, glass eyes, composition jointed
body. Some Cuno & Otto Dressel character dolls names are; Admiral George Dewey doll, Admiral William Thompson Sampson
Winfield Scott Schley doll, Admiral Charles Dwight Sigsbee doll, President William McKinley doll, Richmond Pearson Hobson doll, Buffalo Bill doll, a Farmer doll, Old Rip doll.
Some Dressel doll trade names: 1903 Fifth Avenue dolls, 1907 Jutta doll molds 1348, 1349, 1909
Bambina dolls, 1910 Jutta
Baby doll molds 1912, 1920, 1912 Poppy Doll (School boy), Superior, Victoria, Holz-Masse (wooden
composition) 1926 Sonny or Sunnie a baby doll. The Jutta
doll is named for Countess Jutta, a patroness of Sonneberg.
Cuno & Otto Dressel 1912 Poppy Doll, a schoolboy, 13-14"
tall, bisque shoulder head, molded painted hair, plus some may have flocking,
painted single stroke brows, painted upper and lower eye lashes, stationary
fixed glass eyes,
closed mouth. Cloth or leather stuffed jointed body with bisque or composition lower arms,
cloth or composition lower legs.
Doll is marked with an oval label on his stomach Trade, winged
helmet symbol, Mark, Poppy Doll, Germany. Doll mark on back of head
10/0, probably indicating a size or model. Bisque flange
heads marked 5/0 on all composition jointed bodies have also been found
and there may be other sizes or similar markings, too.
Cuno & Otto Dressel 1910 Jutta Baby Doll, 24" tall, bisque
socket head, multi stroke painted eyebrows, painted upper and lower eye lashes,
sleep eyes, open mouth with upper teeth. Composition jointed bent limb
baby body. Marked on back of head Made in Germany, four pointed star,
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Some Cuno & Otto Dressel
Identifying Doll Marks
Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark
winged helmet symbol
Cuno & Otto Dressel
Four point star, doll mold 1912
A, C, D, ED, R, S
C & O. D
S & H
made in Germany
S. D.+ number.
Cuno & Otto Dressel Identifying Doll Mold Numbers
Limbach doll mold
8679 is a pouty character boy doll