Marseille Dolly Face doll mold 370, antique bisque shoulder head doll,
20" tall on kid riveted jointed body, sleep eyes, painted brows, painted upper
and lower eye lashes, open mouth teeth.
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
From 1900-1930 it's reported
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.
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.
Antique Armand Marseille
items shown below are for reference
1894+ Marseille Dolly Face doll, 10-42" tall, bisque shoulder head on a kid
leather rivet jointed or cloth
partial composition or bisque lower arms, some with composition or bisque lower
legs too, wigged, glass eyes, some have fur eyebrows, open slight
smiling mouth, dimple on chin. Usually has Made in Germany AM, Armand
Marseille in the marking with the mold number.
Doll names were: Alma doll,
Bessie doll, Columbia doll (made for CM Bergmann, Darling doll, Duchess
doll, Florodora doll, Lilly doll, Lissy doll, Mabel doll,
Miss Millionaire doll,
My Companion doll, My Dearie doll,
My Lovely Doll, My Playmate doll, Our Anne doll
(label with P.D.G. Co), Rosebud doll, Daisy Dimple doll or Sunshine doll, Dainty Dorothy doll (all distributed by
Sears, Roebuck & Co -
has a paper label on chest with doll name). The red fluted labeled dolls;
Americanbeauty Germany doll, Real Kid doll, 1/2 Cork Stuffed, Cork Stuffed, Kid Body
+ doll mold 246 may also be by Marseille. However, other
doll makers used this mold number too.
Other similar doll molds are: 270, 309, 370, 376,
920, 2015, 3200. Florodora, A 2/0 X M, Made in Germany, DRP.
doll 11" tall,
bisque shoulder head on a kid body.
ca. 1894+ Marseille Dolly Face doll, 5-42" tall, bisque
shoulder head on a kid or composition body,
wigged, glass eyes, open slight smiling mouth, dimple on chin. Usually has the
AM DEP Made in Germany in the marking with the mold
Some of the dolls
names are: Baby Betty doll, Baby Florence doll, Beauty doll,
Jubilee Dolls for
Strobel & Wilken, Majestic
doll, Princess doll, Queen Louise doll.
Tiny Tot dolls 5-7 1/2" tall, bisque head,
composition jointed body, white painted legs, molded painted high heel single
strap tan shoes, doll head marked; Germany A 12/0 M, round blue tag with
white letters: Tiny Tot Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. Germany. Tiny Tot doll,
all bisque with molded painted hair, 2 1/2", closed mouth, same round blue and
white label on tummy, Tiny Tot Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. Germany, incised mark
on back Germany.
Doll shown on
right is a Queen
Louise shoulder head doll, 23" tall.
Marseille doll molds are:
95-5, 1374, 1500, 1890, 1892,
1894, 1895, 1897, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902,
1903, 1905, 1908, 1909,
3091, 3093, 3095, 3200, 3300, 3500, 3700, 4008
Marseille Queen Louise doll, 24"
Dolly Face doll, bisque
socket head doll, various sizes from 10 - 42" tall,
composition jointed body, wigged, glass eyes, open slight smiling mouth. Usually has Made in
Germany Armand Marseille in the marking with mold number.
Doll shown on
left; ca. 1900 Marseille Princess doll, mold 29 with jointed composition body.
Other similar dolls
Baby Betty, Florodora, Queen Louise, Rosebud.
Marseille doll molds are:
29, 384, 390, 390n, 391,
395, 1894, 1897, 2010, 3600
Marseille doll mold 390 with
a bisque socket head,
with stick like legs on a jointed composition body.
Marseille Character Baby
usually has Germany A.M. DRGM or DRMR in the marking with the mold
Bisque head, glass
eyes, painted upper and lower eyelashes, feathered eyebrows, open or closed
mouth, wigged, composition jointed body or kid. A named doll is Fany
doll mold 231
shown at right, or Fany doll mold 230 who has molded, lightly
painted hair no wig.
Other similar Marseille doll molds are:
230, 231, 256, 259, 326, 327, 328, 329,
347, 352, 360a, 750, 760, 790,
900, 927, 971, 980, 984, 985, 990, 991, 992, 996,
and Baby Betty doll, Fany
+ DRGM in
DRGM = Deutsches Reich Gebrauchs Muster
DRMR = Deutsches Reich Muster Rolle
Fany doll mold 231,
23" tall, shown without her wig.
Infant Baby dolls,
bisque head with a composition bent limb body or flange neck with cloth body,
usually marked with AM Germany + a mold number, the bisque doll heads
with a composition jointed body have a K at the end of the marking.
Mold numbers and names:
My Dream Baby doll molds 341, 341K, 341ka, 342, 351, 351k,
and Our Pet doll, Kiddiejoy doll or Kiddie Joy.
Marseille Our Pet doll, 8 1/2"
Marseille My Dream
Baby doll, 15" tall, bisque head, lightly painted
hair, painted or sleep eyes, doll mold 341 has a closed mouth
(doll mold 351 has an
open mouth with two upper teeth), cloth body with bisque or composition hands
or composition jointed body, came
as either a white
doll or black doll.
Marseille My Dream
Baby doll mold 341, 15"
Marseille Named Character
Baby dolls, bisque head flange neck or socket head, cloth body
with composition or bisque hands or all composition jointed body, most with
bent baby type legs.
Other named dolls are: Melitta
for Edmund Edelmann,
doll mark Ellar
and doll mold 253, 353, 353k, are Oriental baby dolls, Baby
Phyllis doll, Baby Gloria doll and Kiddiejoy doll, Kiddie Joy doll for Hitz, Jacobs
Marseille Ellar marking, Oriental Baby doll, 11"
Marseille Baby Gloria doll, 16" tall,
bisque flange head (also came with a rubber head), cloth body, bisque or
composition hands, molded painted hair, open mouth, clothing shown may not be
original, Baby Gloria's name is part of the marking.
Baby Gloria was distributed by Roth, Baitz & Lipsitz,
after 1929 by the Maxine Doll Company.
Marseille Baby Gloria bisque doll head
Marseille Baby Phyllis doll, bisque shoulder head, cloth body, partial
bisque or composition hands, bent baby or straight legs.
Baby Phyllis doll shown
is 11" tall and has her name in the doll marking. Bye-Lo Baby type.
Baby Phyllis doll,
ca. 1920 Marseille Googly Eye dolls,
with glass side glancing googly eyes, closed
jointed composition or papier mache toddler body, some with
painted socks an shoes.
Doll shown on right; Marseille Nobbi Kid doll mold 253, blue side glancing googly eyes with painted
upper and lower lashes, single stroke eyebrows, closed smiling mouth, jointed
composition toddler body.
Other Armand Marseille Googly eye doll molds
are: 200, 210, 210e, 240, 241, 252, 253, 254, 257,
258, 310, 323, 324, 325.
Note: these Googly doll mold numbers
are not exclusive to Marseille, other doll manufacturers may
have also used them as well.
Marseille Nobbi Kid doll mold 253,
googly eye doll, 10"
ca. 1925 Marseille Just Me
doll, Character doll, sized 7 1/2" - 13" tall, bisque socket head,
side glancing sleep eyes, painted lashes, feathered brows, closed bow
mouth, jointed composition body, doll mold 310 or
The Just Me dolls were
also sold by the Vogue Doll Company
Me doll mold 310, 12" tall
More Armand Marseille identifying doll mold numbers
205, 223, 225, 232, 233, 234, 242, 244, 246, 248, 250, 251, 255, 260, 266, 270, 273, 276, 300, 309, 314,
320, 322, 333, 340, 345, 350, 352, 353, 354, 356, 360a, 362, 363, 369, 371, 372, 375, 376, 377, 378, 382, 384, 391, 395, 396, 398, 399, 400, 401, 406, 410, 411, 414, 449,
450, 451, 452, 452H, 453, 454, 458, 500, 504, 505, 510, 513, 515, 516, 518, 519, 520, 540, 541, 542, 550, 550a, 551,
551k, 560, 560a, 580, 570, 580, 590, 599, 600, 620, 621, 630, 640a, 640b, 670,
696, 700, 701, 710,
711, 800, 810, 820, 920, 950, 951, 957, 966, 970, 971, 971a, 972, 973, 975, 982, 984, 985, 993, 995, 997,
1321, 1330, 1353, 1361, 1369, 1370, 1376, 1500, 1893, 1895, 1896, 1898, 1904, 2000, 2542, 2966, 3066, 3091, 3600, 5990,
Note: doll mold 800 is for a doll with a talking device
activated by a lever in the doll head.
M. H, A. 300 M, 12/0x is a 9" lady doll was made for an
unknown client or doll maker with initials of M. H.
Armand Marseille doll markings vary, but most have A.
M. in them plus a doll mold number, a size number, Germany, symbols of an
upside down horseshoe, an anchor, plus many others.
Marseille supplied bisque doll heads to other doll makers German and