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William Goebel Dolly Face doll mold 521, kid body, 21" tall

Franz D. Goebel and his son William Goebel founded their porcelain factory  F & W Goebel in 1861, located in Oeslau, Thüringia, Germany to produce porcelain and earthenware objects. By 1893 the company was owned solely by William, who changed the name to William Goebel Porzellanfabrik


About 1893 Goebel also began producing fine bisque dolls of all kinds; small all bisque dolls, bisque Dolly Face shoulder or socket heads on kid or composition jointed bodies, bent limb character Baby dolls, half dolls, bathing beauties, ballerinas, Bécassine dolls.  Goebel is probably best known today for their Hummel figurines and other porcelain objects.  


Early Goebel objects were marked with a triangle and half moon symbol, after 1900 they began using a crown above the WG initials, as shown below.  Goebel also supplied Max Handwerck with some bisque Bébé Elite doll heads.

William Goebel Identifying Doll Marks

Goebel Baby 12", marked: Crown, G W, B5 -4/o, Germany

William Goebel doll mark a crown above intertwined initials W G marking found on some dolls, along with B 5  + size number, note the word Germany incised in different fonts. ca. 1900+

Goebel Baby, B 5 marking

William Goebel doll mark crown symbol GW 2 Germany or a triangle with a quarter moon

 William Goebel crown symbol GW 2 Germany or a triangle with a half moon

William Goebel doll mark K.L. 839 a crown symbol GW

William Goebel K.L. 839 a crown symbol GW

William Goebel doll mark Made in Germany a crown symbol GW 12/0 X

William Goebel doll mark Made in Germany a crown symbol GW 12/0 X


William Goebel identifying doll mold numbers

3034465054607377A 77B80
8283 84 85 86 87 88 89 91 92
102106107110111 114 120 121 122 123
124 125 126 127 185 208 217 283285 286
317319320321322330 340 350 501 521
- - 64B3B4 B5B7WG --

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