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Strobel & Wilken Co letterhead 1878

Strobel & Wilken letterhead


The Strobel Company of Cincinnati, Ohio was founded in 1849 and first manufactured leather goods.  In 1864 George Wilken joined the Strobel company business which then became known as STROBEL & WILKEN, they also began to distribute toys and many other fancy goods. 

After the Civil War when trade was resumed with Europe, they also distributed and imported, mostly German made bisque head dolls.  In 1886 a branch office was established in New York City, which soon became Strobel & Wilken's main office.


Antique dolls identified, imported and sold by the Strobel & Wilken Company

1909+ Character Doll, Kämmer & Reinhardt Baby doll, or Kaiser Baby, 11-20" tall, bisque socket head, composition jointed bent limb baby body, molded painted hair, painted eyes, open/closed mouth.  The 100 doll mold, Kaiser Baby dolls also came with glass eyes and were also distributed in the United States by George Borgfeldt. 

                      Photos courtesy of littlemarz

K & R Baby doll mark 28 K * R 100

K & R Kaiser Baby doll, 11" doll mold 100

K & R Kaiser Baby doll mold 100, 11" tall

Strobel & Wilken, All Bisque doll mold

SWC 251, 9" tall

Strobel & Wilken, Peach doll mold 257, All Bisque Girl doll, 4 1/2"

Strobel & Wilken, Peach doll mold SWC 257,

All Bisque Girl doll 4 1/2"

Strobel & Wilken Doll, 7" tall, bisque head, fabric covered bisque body, doll mark SWC, mold number unknown

Strobel & Wilken, 7" tall, bisque head doll with fabric Pillsbury Best XXXX, Minneapolis, Minn. Flour.

Shown on right; Pillsbury CA & P Co. fabric back,

with a wheat sheath symbol beneath.

Strobel & Wilken, All Bisque Doll,

7" doll mark --------------->




Strobel & Wilken All Bisque Doll, 7" tall, fixed stationary eyes, open mouth with upper teeth, jointed bisque five piece bent limb baby body, doll mold SWC 400


Note:  The doll mark SWC found on small all bisque dolls, we believe was used by the Strobel & Wilken Company, however, many reference books list the SWC mark as unidentified, so please use your own judgment. Not to be confused with the German company Walther & Sohn doll mark of intertwined initials

W & S or S & W.


More STROBEL & WILKEN - SWC mark - doll identifying mold numbers:

123  237   251   257   357   400   405   1500

Additional information & antique dolls not shown

1895-1924 American Beauty cloth rag dolls. 

1897 used a mark of S W & Co. Karlsbad on pottery, possibly from the factory of Bawo & Dotter in Karlsbad Germany. 

We believe Strobel & Wilken also used the doll mark SWC found on many small, all bisque dolls.

1903 US registered the name Royal doll, for Kämmer & Reinhardt's line, sold Alfred Heller's metal head Diana dolls. 

1906 advertised American Beauty rag dolls with photographic colored faces named; Darling dolls, Wonderland dolls, American

        Fashion, dolls dressed.

1908 sold Kämmer & Reinhardt's Royal doll line including The Flirt Doll, whose sleep eyes also moved side to side.

1909 advertised K & R Royal doll line; K & R mold 100 Kaiser Baby doll, Handwerck dolls, Hertel, Schwab & Co bisque doll heads in the Jubilee doll line, Character dolls; Commander Robert E. Peary doll, Dr. Frederick A. Cook doll, North Pole expedition dolls. 

1909 Kämpfe & Heubach cloth body and cloth or celluloid face Alice doll.

1911 distributed dolls for Ideal Doll & Toys and Kämpfe & Heubach, also known as the Wallendorf Porzellanfabrik.

1913 advertised Aluminia doll metal heads, distributed cloth Käthe Kruse dolls.

1914 registered Brighto doll, Arabesque doll, Our Pride Kidette doll, all bisque Peach doll mold 257 and Nemo doll.

1914-1915 advertised American Beauty dolls with kid body, bisque heads by Edmund U. Steiner with mark of E.U.St.

1915 advertised cloth character dolls Susie's Sister doll, Tootsie doll, Character Baby dolls Käthe Kruse look a like dolls made in the

       USA by American Art Dolls controlled by Strobel & Wilken.

1916 distributed Zaiden dolls, Utlely's Rollinson dolls and American Art cloth dolls; Ulrich doll, Buddy doll and Faith doll.

1917 advertised Cuddlekins dolls.

1918 distributed American Toy & Mfg Company Snow White dolls.

ca. 1920s or 1930s sold composition shoulder head, Mama dolls, marked on neck STROBEL WILKEN Co.

1926-1930 distributed W. Bimblick & Co wood segmented dolls, line of Joy Doll Family dolls.

1930 advertised their line of American Beauty cloth rag dolls.


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