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S star PB H marking for Schoenau

Schoenau & Hoffmeister

doll mark SPBH

Arthur Schoenau acquired the firm of Bauersachs & Henninger in 1884 they made nanking dolls. The Schoenau & Hoffmeister porcelain factory, also known as Porzellanfabrik Burggrub, was located in Burggrub, Germany and was founded by Arthur Schoenau and Carl Hoffmeister in 1901.  By 1907 the two partners were in disagreement to the type of porcelain heads for their dolls.  Hoffmeister insisted on producing shoulder head dolls, while Schoenau wanted to produce socket head dolls.  Unable to resolve there differences Carl Hoffmeister left and Arthur Schoenau became the sole owner. 

In 1911 Arthur passed away and his son Hans Schoenau took over as

director of the company, next directorship was Arthur's widow Caroline and son Curt Schoenau.  It was son Curt who supplied the sculptor Caesar Schneider with a photo of Princess Elizabeth that was used to make their famous bisque head Princess Elizabeth doll. 


Schoenau & Hoffmeister supplied bisque doll heads to the following:  Kurt Bruckner, Canzler & Hoffman, Cuno & Otto Dressel, Edmond Edelmann, Gebrüder Eckhardt, Edmond Knoch, Rudolph Leschhorn, Ernst Liebermann, Eg. Mich Ernst Luthardt, Werner Luthardt, Ernst Maar & Sohn, Hans Süssenguth, Friedrich Voight, Hermann VonBerg.

See below for lots more antique Schoenau & Hoffmeister photos, doll molds, details and information.


Antique Schoenau & Hoffmeister Dolls Identified

1910 + Character Baby or Toddler Doll - 12-30" tall, bisque socket head, composition jointed body with bent limbs, wigged, glass eyes, open mouth. 

Usually marked:  S star symbol with P B inside H, Porzellanfabrik Burggrub, 165, 169, 170, 769, 900, 914, Special, Burggrub Baby.

Character baby doll, #169, 25" tall

Character Toddler Doll mold 169, 25"

Hanna, Character Baby Doll  - 14-26" tall, bisque socket head, composition bent limb jointed body, wigged, large glass eyes, painted lashes, painted feathered brows, open smiling mouth with teeth. 

Usually marked:  S star symbol with PB inside H, Hanna.

Shown on right; Hanna, 14" tall, bisque socket head, composition jointed baby with bent limb body, blue glass sleep eyes, painted lower lashes, open mouth with upper teeth.


ebay auction ended 24 APR 2011

final value $1,320

Hanna, 14"

Hanna, Character Baby Doll, 14"

1929 Princess Elizabeth Doll - 14-24" tall, bisque socket head, jointed composition body, blonde mohair wig, blue sleep eyes, open smiling mouth with upper teeth. 

Usually marked:  Porzellanfabrik Burggrub Princess Elizabeth Made in Germany D.R.G.M.

Princess Elizabeth Doll

1929 Princess Elizabeth Doll, 24"

Child Dolly Face doll - 14-40" tall.  bisque shoulder head or socket head, jointed composition or kid body, wigged, glass eyes, open mouth. 

Usually marked:  S star symbol with PB inside H, 500, 914, 1000, 1200, 1400, 1700, 1800, 1904, 1906, 1909, 1916, 1923, 2500, 4500, 4700, 5300, 5700, 5800

Child Dolly Face doll, #1906, 23" tall

Child Dolly Face doll mold 1906, 23"


Kunstlerkopf Child Doll (art head doll) - 15-16 or 24" tall, bisque child doll with a slender face, wigged, glass stationary eyes, open mouth. 

Usually marked:  Künstlerkopf, 4000, 4600, 5000 or 5500

Sstar PB H 4000 marking

doll mold 4000 S star symbol PB H.

Künstlerkopf Child # 4000


Künstlerkopf Child Doll mold 4000, 16"

(art head doll)

Schoenau & Hoffmeister Doll Trade Names


Autoliebchen doll (Auto Sweetheart doll), 1913 Bébé Carmencita doll, Burggrub Baby doll, Das Lachende doll (DALABA, The Laughing Baby), Hanna doll, Kunstlerkopf doll (art head doll), 1912 My Cherub doll, Princess Elizabeth doll, Viola doll.  1884-1925+ Arthur Schoenau of Sonneberg identifying doll marks; AS, ASS, MD. 


Schoenau & Hoffmeister also made bisque doll heads for Edmund Edelmann marked SPBH Mona, Melitta or Mine and for Ernst Liebermann a doll named Violet and possibly Eli.


Additional Schoenau & Hoffmeister Dolls not shown

ca. 1925 Solid Dome Infant doll, 10-14" tall, bisque flange neck, cloth body, composition limbs, painted hair, small glass sleep eyes, closed mouth.  Usually marked:  N.K.B with or without a German stamp.


Das Lachende Baby doll (The Laughing Baby doll), 14-24" tall, bisque socket head, composition jointed bent limb body, wigged, glass eyes, open smiling mouth with two upper teeth.  Usually marked:  Porzellanfabrik Burggrub Das Lachende Baby 1930 Made in  Germany D.R.G.M.


Character Doll, 12, 18-22" tall, bisque socket head, jointed composition body, wigged, rounded eyes, painted brows, open mouth. An Oriental doll mold 4900, 9" tall.  Usually marked: S star symbol with PB inside, H and OX.


Schoenau & Hoffmeister Identifying Doll Mold Numbers


70 169 170 900 914 1000 1200 1400 1700
1800 1904 1906 1909 1916 1923 1930 2500 4000
4100 4500 4600 4700 4900 5000 5100 5300 5500
      5700 - 5800      


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