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Recknagel rabbit, bisque gooly eye doll mold 47

The Theodor Recknagel porcelain factory began about 1886 and is located in Alexandrienthal, near Thuringia, Germany.  Recknagel did not begin doll production until around 1893.  The four digit mold (19XX) numbers do not appear to co-inside with actual dates, as one might think. 

Recknagel dolls can be of the finest quality to rather course bisque. 

At left, Recknagel Googly doll mold 47

See below for more antique Recknagel dolls identified



Antique Recknagel Dolls Identified

Recknagel bisque Dolly Face doll, 21" tall

Recknagel Dolly Face doll mold 21, also 21" tall, bisque socket head, feathered brows, painted upper and lower eyelashes, glass eyes, open mouth with teeth, chin dimple, wigged, jointed composition and wood body.

Recknagel bisque dolly face doll mark 21, Germany, R 4/0 A

Recknagel Dolly Face doll marking;

doll mold 21 Germany R 4/0 A


Note:  Max Räder's doll mold 47 with a D in place of the A is similar to Recknagel's.


Recknagel Character Baby black doll, 20" tall

Recknagel Character Baby - Black doll, 20" tall, glass eyes, open mouth, socket head newborn with bent limb jointed composition body, NK in marking as shown at right.

Recknagel bisque character baby doll mark Germany, N.K. 2, A 5 R

Recknagel Character Baby - Black doll, 20" tall,

Marking: Germany N.K. 2 A 5 R


Marking with; NG = Flange neck newborn

                or NK = socket head newborn


Recknagel bisque Googly eye doll mold 47, dressed as a Rabbit 10"

Recknagel Googly eye doll, dressed as a Rabbit, doll mold 47, 10" tall.

Other Recknagel Googly Eye doll mold numbers are; 43, 44, 45, 46  47.

Recknagel dolls not shown

Max and Moritz dolls or figurines 8" or 10" tall,

doll mold numbers 31 and 32.

Theodor Recknagel Doll Mold Numbers


21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 32 33 34 35 37 39 41 42 43
44 45 46 47 48 49 50 53 54 55
56 57 86 121 126 127 128 129 156 132
134 135 136 137 138 226 227 1907 1909 1914

Recknagel's Oriental doll is usually marked Germany JK A # R

Note:  Recknagel doll molds 1907, 1909, 1914 are mold number's not a date of production


Theodor Recknagel Doll Marks Identified

Recknagel doll mark Saxony Registered Porcelain Depose R crossed nails A

Recknagel doll mark

Saxony · Registered · Porcelain · Depose

R crossed nails A

Recknagel doll mark:  R crossed nails A


Recknagel Doll mark

R crossed nails A

Recknagel doll mark

R crossed nails A

These are just a few of the many doll marks Recknagel used.

Recknagel doll mark 1907 DEP R / A

Recknagel doll mark

1907 DEP R / A

R 47 A

10/0 a size number


R 3 A







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