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.
The bisque doll heads were supplied by
Bahr & Proschild,
Simon & Halbig and after 1910 by
Ernest Heubach and
Armand Marseille. Wislizenus dolls are of very good quality, some doll bodies have unique ball jointed construction, they made Dolly face, Unique Body Child, Character Baby dolls,
mechanical walking dolls, painted eye dolls, a doll named Gretchen and Mein
Glückskind (My Lucky Child).
Wislizenus dolls may have been distributed in the USA by
Hamburger & Company.