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A.W. Special, 24"

Wislizenus bisque socket head Dolly face doll, 24" tall, composition jointed body, sleep eyes, open mouth, doll marked A.W. Special Germany.

Gottlob Schafft founded this doll factory in Waltershausen, Germany in 1851 to make papier-mâché dolls that were also exported, by 1870 Adolf Wislizenus joined the firm as a partner, around 1878 Mr. Wislizenus became the sole owner.  Over the years this company changed ownership several more times, until 1931 when they went into bankruptcy, at which time Konig & Wernicke acquired the estate.

Their bisque doll heads were supplied by; Bahr & Proschild or Simon & Halbig, after 1910 by Ernest Heubach or Armand Marseille

Wislizenus dolls are of very good quality, some doll bodies have a unique ball jointed construction, they made; wax heads, figures & animals, mechanical toys, Täufling, Dolly face, Unique Body Child dolls, Character Baby dolls, mechanical walking dolls, painted eye dolls, a doll named Gretchen, 1902 Old Glory doll, 1910 Queen Quality doll & 1919 Mein Glückskind (My Lucky Child).  Wislizenus dolls may have been distributed in the USA by Hamburger & Company.

After 1931 Konig & Wernicke used Wislizenus patent Certa head for their Nicaput doll.


Adolf Wislizenus Doll Marks Identified

Germany AW o

Wislizenus doll mark AW Ser. G/7 (inside triangle)

AW Ser. G/7 (inside triangle)


Wislizenus doll mark A.W. Germany

A.W. 1 Germany 5


Wislizenus doll mark A.W.s Germany II

A.W.s Germany II

Wislizenus doll mark 290 AW Spe¢ial Germany

AW Spe¢ial Germany

or AW Special Germany

Wislizenus doll mark AWW DRGM 421481

AWW DRGM 421481

doll body label stamp


Wislizenus doll mark 101 A.W. My Sweetheart B.J. & Co for Illfelder

doll mold 101 A.W. My Sweetheart B.J. & Co for Illfelder


Wislizenus doll mark 1105 Germany for Illfelder

doll mold 1105 Germany for Illfelder

Note doll mold 1105 last digits 0 and 5 are superimposed

doll mold 110 Germany


doll mold 710 Germany

Wislizenus doll mark doll mold 1429 A.W.

doll mold 1429 A.W.

Simon & Halbig head

Wislizenus doll mark Heubach Köppelsdorf A.W.W.

Heubach Köppelsdorf A.W.W.


Wislizenus doll mark Old Glory A.W. Registered Germany

1902 Old Glory A.W. Registered Germany

1910 Queen



Wislizenus doll mark AWW Mein Glückskind

1919 AWW Mein Glückskind

doll mark S.H.A.W. is Simon & Halbig for Wislizenus
Adolf Wislizenus Doll Mold Numbers Identified

101, 110, 290, 295, 710, 1105.  Bahr & Pröschild 252 DEP, 289.  Simon & Halbig 1429.  Body mark DRGM 421481

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