ca. 1909 Amberg Chantecler,
chicken doll, 14" tall, composition head set on a rooster plush jointed body. Chantecler was a popular card game at this time. Also; Happy Hooligan, Lucky Bill, Samson (Uncle Sam's
Sunny Jim dolls.
Louis Amberg company was
founded in Cincinnati, Ohio USA in 1878 and later moved to New York City around 1893.
At some point Amberg opened a branch office in Sonneberg, Germany. Amberg's various partners or business names were; 1881-1890 Fecheimer & Amberg, 1890-1894 Louis Amberg & Co, 1894-1907
Louis Amberg, Brill & Co,1907-1910 Hahn & Amberg, 1911-1930 Louis
Amberg & Son. Amberg first imported
bisque head dolls from Germany and France, later they manufactured their own composition dolls.
In 1909 the Amberg company copyrighted the first known American composition head
doll with a teddy bear body called "Lucky Bill", with Louis listed as the
By the late 1920s the Amberg company was advertising over 600 style numbers, including some imports,
Amberg dolls are often marked L A & S or
L A & S NY plus the year
first produced. In the 1920s, Amberg was one of 50 members in the Doll & Stuffed Toy Manufacturers Association.
In 1930 the Amberg company was sold to
Antique Louis Amberg Dolls Identified
Amberg Ma Chunk Herself doll, 8" tall, (an Oriental, Asian, Chinese character doll), all composition doll jointed only at the shoulders, black painted hair and
facial features, closed mouth, dressed in tunic and pants, black painted shoes,
doll is unmarked, has a paper label on tunic front;
Ma Chunk Herself, L. A. & S. N.Y.
1912 Ma Chunk Herself
1914 Amberg John
Bunny doll, 11-12" tall, celebrity doll, composition flange head and arms,
cloth body and legs, molded painted brown hair, painted blue
eyes, open mouth with painted upper and lower teeth, black sewn
on cloth shoes. Portrait doll of famous first American silent
film comedian John H. Bunny (1863 -1915). Doll is
or marked L. A. & S. 1914. There were possibly two John Bunny dolls
made by Amberg.
John Bunny photo shown on left, looks just like the dolls actual face sculpt.
Bunny doll, 12"
1914 Amberg Newborn Babe doll, Bottle
Babe, My Playmate or Baby,
8-13" tall, bisque head, painted hair, sleep eyes, cloth
body, some had a crier, head made by three different German
companies: Armand Marseille mold 371 with an open
mouth, Recknagel mold 886 and Hermann Steiner. Was
designed by doll artist and sculptor Jeno Juszko and was meant to look like a two day old baby. Maybe marked;
L. A. & S. 1914, G45520, Germany
#4 - depending on bisque head maker,
Theodor Recknagel 241 RA,
Hermann Steiner doll mold 240.
See any resemblance to Grace Putnam's
Bye-Lo Baby doll created in 1923?
1926 Newborn Baskit Babe doll now came in
a willow basket with a blanket, rattle, the larger the size doll,
the more accessories were added.
Babe doll, 13"
1915 Amberg Victory
16-24" tall, composition socket head, ball jointed composition body, wigged,
sleep eyes, open mouth with teeth, most have a marking on back of
Amberg Victory Doll (some dolls are unmarked).
1920 - some bisque head Victory dolls
marked head. Fulper Pottery supplied bisque heads for other Amberg child
and baby dolls during the World War I era 1920-1922.
1915 Amberg Baby Glee doll, 18 - 26" tall, composition flange head, cloth stuffed body with stitched hips, partial composition lower arms and legs, molded lightly painted hair
with a comma shaped curl on forehead, painted blue tin sleep eyes
with painted upper wispy eyelashes, big open happy smiling mouth with two upper and lower teeth,
Designed by artist Jeno Juszko.
Glee doll, 18"
1915 Amberg Charlie Chaplin doll, 14" tall,
celebrity portrait doll, composition head and hands, cloth stuffed body
and limbs with black shoes attached, painted facial features
with mustache, came dressed in a two piece suit, shirt, tie, cane and top
hat, doll is unmarked, clothing contains a label;
CHARLIE DOLL World's Greatest Comedian Made Exclusively By Louis Amberg & Son,
NY by Special Arrangement With Essanay Film Co..
The other portrait doll is a
Zulu Lucky doll named
Oo-Gug-Luk and is the last doll Hungarian born New
sculptor and medalist Jeno Juszko (b. 1880-1954) made for Amberg.
Juszko also designed dolls for
and F. A. Lapp.
1915 Amberg Oo-Gug-Luk is 13" tall, uses the Charlie Chaplin head
mold, cloth body painted all black with three white circles painted
around eyes and closed painted red mouth, gold tone hoop earrings, shell necklace,
dressed in faux white fur and a black fringe skirt.
Chaplin doll, 14 "
1915-1920 Amberg Ambisc doll, ten various sizes, all composition
jointed Character bent limb Baby dolls, molded hair or wigged, doll mark
1915-1920 Ambisc doll, 13"
1915 Amberg Pouty Pets doll, Real Live Children, 12, 14, 16" tall, boy
dolls or girl dolls, composition flange head and
lower arms, cloth stuffed inside disk jointed body, bent or straight
legs, deeply sculpted molded then painted hair in various short hair styles, painted side glancing eyes, pouty closed
mouth, doll marks 494,
L A & S © 1915 and possibly other marks.
Similar to the bisque heads by
Gebrüder Heubach and a competitor of Effanbee's
1915 Pouty Pets doll
16", Girl face
Amberg Walking Doll, 19 - 28 1/2" tall, "doll
walks by guiding its arm", flange composition head on the
smaller doll, composition shoulder head on the larger size,
full composition arms, painted molded hair &/or
human hair or mohair wig, painted eyes or tin sleep eyes, open
mouth with two upper teeth, ball jointed legs attached to
dolls bottom, cloth stuffed body, came dressed in a cotton
voile dress with matching bonnet both trimmed with lace,
underwear, stockings and shoes, dolls maybe
or marked: L. A. & S. 1919, T & N June 1919, patented June 11, 1918
Amberg Walking Doll, 22 1/2"
The Sears 1921 ad states this doll
is three sizes: 19 1/2" former price $9.50 - Our
22 1/2" former price $12.75
Our Price $8.95.
28 1/2" former
price $19.95 -
Our Price $10.85.
Amberg All Bisque
Character dolls, 4-7' tall, made by a German manufacturer
of pre-tinted pink bisque; Bisque Girl, Amberg Mibs doll with molded
flowers in hair or Amberg Baby Peggy doll.
See below for
more information on the Mibs doll.
1920s Mibs doll with molded flowers, 4 3/4"
1921 Amberg Mibs doll, 16" tall,
composition shoulder head on a cloth body, composition arms
above elbow, composition hip pin legs with molded painted or
unpainted shoes. Has molded painted hair with a
prominent single center bang that is slightly curled, blue
painted eyes, painted upper lashes, closed mouth.
is a Phyllis May doll (Hazel's daughter) created by Hazel
Drukker (Mrs. George Silberman), based on her column in
the Evening Mail a New York daily newspaper and also
based on the book titled: Phyllis May and Her Dollies
published in 1920. Doll is unmarked.
MIBS doll, 16"
Amberg Nature Children dolls, 21" tall (plus three other sizes), doll shown
composition head and lower arms, painted eyes, cloth stuffed
body, upper arms and legs. Sixteen different styles;
crying, sitting, talking and walking. Dolls maybe marked
L A & S + a year
1921-1922 Nature Children dolls, 21"
1923 Amberg Baby Peggy doll,
the Nations Darling, 20" tall, celebrity doll, either composition and wood or
kid jointed body, composition head with molded brown
hair, some may have a brown mohair wig as well, glass eyes, open smiling mouth with
white painted teeth, doll
is unmarked. Peggy was an actress child
star of the 1920s.
Born 26 Oct 1918 Peggy Jean
Montgomery later became a book author under the
pseudonym of Diana Serra Cary.
Baby Peggy doll, 20"
1924 Amberg Baby Peggy doll,
the Nations Darling, 18" tall, celebrity doll, bisque head made by Armand
Marseille, doll mold 972 or 973 are socket heads and molds 982 or
983 are shoulder heads, jointed
composition body, brown
mohair wig, glass eyes with lashes, smiling mouth, doll marked:
L. A. & S. 19©24 NY + mold number. Peggy was a child star of the 1920s.
Shown is Marseille's bisque head doll mold 972.
1924 Baby Peggy doll,
the Nations Darling, 18"
bisque head doll mold 972 by Armand Marseille
1924 Amberg Sunny Orange Maid doll or Sunny Orange Blossom doll, 14"
tall, composition shoulder head with molded orange peel cap, arms & partial legs,
cloth body with stitched shoulder & hips, squeaker in
body, short arms, painted blue eyes and painted upper lashes, closed mouth,
shown dressed in her original orange dress with short jacket,
orange ribbon sash; SUNNY ORANGE MAID, Copr. LOUIS AMBERG & SON 1924, ??
PATENTED, doll marked L. A.
& S. 1924.
Sunny Orange Maid doll, 14"
ca. 1925 Amberg Baby Tufums doll, tiny sizes, all bisque doll
with bent limbs, Bye-Lo or New Born Babe type, very light painted hair,
painted eyes, open mouth, jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips, has two bent
arms and each hand is cupped to; left hand holds a baby bottle and the right
suck their thumb, doll marked on back LA & S Baby Tufums 107,
ca. 1925 Baby
Tufums doll 2 3/4",
LA & S Baby Tufums
1926 Amberg Charleston Toddlers dolls,
11" tall, all composition
black or white dolls, painted side glancing eyes, wigged, painted molded shoes, doll marked or
labeled Charleston Toddlers an Amberg specialty trademarked 1926 Germany.
1926 Amberg Charleston Toddlers dolls, 11"
Amberg Vanta Baby doll, bisque
head 20-22" tall or composition head 16-20" tall, composition
and cloth body, molded painted hair, sleep eyes, open mouth
with teeth. doll usually marked Vanta Baby Amberg.
Amberg Sue doll with the body twist waist, 8 or 14" tall, all composition with an extra ball and socket
twist waist body, several dolls came with this feature; Edwina doll, IT doll (supposedly referring to actress Clara Bow), Peter Pan
doll, Teenie Weenies doll or Tiny
Sue has a composition head,
slight frowning expression, molded short waved hair with side
sweeping bangs, painted eyes, closed pouty mouth, jointed
body twist waist. Some dolls maybe marked:
Amberg Pat. Pend. L. A.
& S. © 1928.
This doll mold was also used by
Horsman for their
Sue body twist doll, 14"
1928 Amberg Teenie Weenie dolls or Amberg Tiny Tots
dolls, 8 or 14" tall, boy or girl dolls, all composition, body twist waist and jointed only at the shoulders, stationary legs with black painted shoes, slightly bent left arm, molded painted hair; the boy with "Justin Bieber"
style hair, with bangs and hair combed straight down towards the face, the girl
has a short bob with slight center part bangs and waves over her ears, usually
with brown painted side glancing eyes, both have closed mouths, doll marked L. A. & S. ©
Had a paper hangtag; Amberg, The Teenie
Weenies, Weenies Line, Trademark Reg., The Golden Anniversary.
The 13" size Tiny Tots dolls or Teenie Weenie dolls came on toddler jointed bodies. The 1912 version of Tiny Tots dolls at 12" tall, have a different face mold, flange composition heads with open smiling watermelon mouth, composition hands and cloth bodies,
doll mark © L. A. & S. 1912.
1928 Teenie Weenies doll or Tiny Tots doll, 8"
1929 Amberg Little Amby doll, 13" tall, all composition jointed
toddler body, molded painted hair, brown painted eyes, open or closed
mouth, doll marked Amberg L. A. & S © Co. Companion
to the Tiny Tots or Teenie Weenie dolls.
1929 Little Amby doll 13", face
Louis Amberg Doll Mold Numbers Identified
Additional Antique Amberg dolls not shown
ca. 1903 Amberg Mama or Papa dolls, bisque head, glass sleep eyes,
closed watermelon smiling mouth, human or mohair wig, ball jointed body,
voice box, dolls were imported, the faces are similar to early Campbell Kids
ca. 1909 Amberg Angora dogs with Turkish angora manes, plush dog that
more resembles a lion with a pointed nose, long facial mane and long stiff
tail with a tuff of the angora mane at the end. Amberg also sold Teddy Bears
and Teddy Dolls.
ca. 1909 Amberg Rompers doll or Sambo doll, 10, 12 or 15" tall, made
by Hahn & Amberg, white or black character dolls, was the same as the above
dolls only in different sizes and wore a set of infant "rompers". The black
baby doll Sambo was featured wearing a straw hat.
1909 Amberg Sunny Jim doll, 11" tall, composition flared head with a
light blue plush body and limbs jointed at the shoulders and hips, light
brown painted hair with no molding, blue painted eyes, open mouth with
molded tongue, Horsman Billikin competitor, doll is unmarked.
1910 Amberg Baby Beautiful doll, 18 or 23" tall, white or black doll,
cloth body, open mouth, unbreakable and positively washable, came dressed in
a christening gown with bonnet. There were 75 style models of Baby Beautiful
designed by various artists and sculptors including; Jeno Juszko and Grace
1910 Amberg Baby Blue doll, 12" tall, composition Girls head with
blue eyes and blue velvet cloth body, also available in 1913-1914.
1910 Amberg Dorothy Dainty doll, unsure all the sizes, composition
head and arms, cloth stuffed body, molded painted hair with hair loop for
bow, blue painted side glancing eyes, open mouth with four upper teeth, doll
marked L. A. & S. 414 1910.
1910 Amberg Swat Mulligan-Mascot doll, 11 or 21" tall, composition
head with cloth body and limbs, open mouth, wore a long sleeved shirt that
buttoned down the front, pants, baseball cap, bat and ball. "The Cute
1911 Amberg Baby Bright Eyes doll, size unknown, young baby doll with
big eyes, forehead and cheeks and Laughing Boy doll, size unknown, laughing
face with open mouth and teeth, both dolls designed by doll artist Jeno
1911 Amberg Bobby Blake doll, Amberg Dolly Drake doll, 8"
tall, Campbell kid type, composition head and hands with molded hair and
painted features, cloth limbs with sewn on cloth shoes and straw stuffed
body. Designed by Grace G. Drayton Wiedersum. These dolls must have had
their copy cats as the 1911 Plaything ad states: Amberg note to Trade: "We
are the unquestioned originator of the Bobby Blake and Dolly Drake models,
all heads copied after them are imitations". Trade Ad: "Do not be misled by
inferior ones of these or others of our numerous original dolls. We are
protecting ourselves and our customers against infringes of our copyright
and trademark rights". Both dolls are unmarked, may have an ink
stamp on body of Copyright 1911, by Louis Amberg & Son NY., Sole Makers.
1911 Amberg Buster Boy doll, composition doll.
1911 Amberg Little Sister doll, 14" tall, composition head with
molded hair on cloth body, wore a long sleeved blouse trimmed with ric-rack
and a one piece sleeveless v-neck checked or plaid jumper with pleated skirt
with ric-rack trim on front V and around arm holes and waist.
1911 Amberg Sassy Sue doll, 9 1/2" tall, composition head with molded
hair and molded knobs for ears that are used to tie a taffeta hair ribbon in
each, painted eyes, closed slight smiling mouth, cloth body and limbs with
sewn on black cloth shoes, wore a solid color long dress, long sleeved with
cloth belt of same fabric, doll is unmarked.
1912 Amberg Character Boy doll, 19" tall, deep molded painted hair,
blue painted eyes, open mouth with four painted upper teeth, excelsior
stuffed muslin cloth body, pink cloth arms and legs with pin and disk
joints, doll marked © L A & S 1912.
1912-1913 Amberg Curly Locks doll, composition head with molded
curls, painted eyes, cloth body, composition hands, doll marked 574 © L.
1912-1914 Amberg Laughing Marietta doll, 12" tall, composition head
and hands, cloth stuffed body, molded ribbons in hair, similar to the
Naughty Marietta doll.
1912 Amberg Multi-Face doll, 12" tall, composition socket head,
jointed baby body with bent leg limbs, two faces; one laughing face with
cheek dimples, open mouth and two upper teeth and tongue, one crying face no
dimples, sad down turned open mouth, molded painted hair, painted eyes,
prominent ears, doll is unmarked. Head mold is a copy of Kley & Hahn
multi-face two faced doll mold 159.
1912 Amberg Sis Hopkins doll, 14" tall, celebrity doll, molded
painted bisc like composition head, cloth body, arms and legs jointed with
inside discs, red painted hair bows, rolled up painted red hair braids,
painted side glancing blue eyes, painted open smiling mouth, the striped red
and white stockings with black boots that are part of the leg casing, doll
is unmarked. Designed and sculpted by doll artist Jeno Juszko. Made
with permission of comedienne Rose Melville (real name Rose Smoch 1873-1946)
who played the character Sis Hopkins in a touring play called Zeb beginning
in 1889 thru the 1920s. Note: Georgene Averill also made a Sis Hopkins doll
that is marked: G. G. Drayton © or Sis Hopkins.
1912-1913 Amberg Yankee Doodle doll, 15" tall, "Bisc" like finish,
composition head and hands, molded painted hair, open mouth, stubby nose,
comical facial expression, cloth stuffed body, dressed in stars and stripes,
companion doll to Hail Columbia. Designed by Jeno Juszko.
1913 Amberg Baby Blue Eyes doll, 12" tall, composition head with
molded hair, blue eyes, cloth body.
1913 Amberg Agustus Carney doll, 11" tall, composition flange head
and short arms, cloth body, upper arms and legs and black fabric feet,
jointed at the shoulders and hips, molded yellow painted hair, painted blue
eyes, painted open mouth with eight upper painted teeth, came wearing a
denimun long sleeve shirt, fabric and plush riding chap pants with belt and
fabric gun holder and bandanna scarf, doll marked L.A. & S.
Augustus Carney as film character Alkali Ike, doll sold my Essanay Film
Manufacturer Company of Chicago.
1913 Amberg The Wonder Baby doll, composition head and hands with a
Bisc like finish, molded painted hair, painted eyes, straw stuffed body and
1916 Amberg Skookum, The Bully Kiddo Doll, various sizes, composition
head & hands, cloth body, felt clothing, produced by Amberg for the
Northwestern Fruit Exchange, Skookum Apple Packers of Wanatchee, Washington.
1918 Amberg AMKID doll, 17, 20, 24, 28" tall, composition shoulder
head and partial lower arms, oilcloth stuffed jointed body, celluloid sleep
eyes or painted eyes (17 and 20"), open mouth with two upper teeth, mohair
wig. Doll head is unmarked. Body has a paper label that reads;
AMBERG DOLLS, The World Standard, Made in U.S.A. AMKID, TRADEMARK REG.,
Cork Stuffed, Washable Sanitary.
1918 Amberg Happinus doll, 11" tall, all composition head and body
with joints at shoulders and hips, similar to Gebrüder Heubach's bisque
Coquette type head mold with painted, bobbed wavy hair and an indentation
for a hair ribbon, painted eyes, closed mouth, doll is unmarked.
1924 Amberg Anniversary Baby doll, Mama doll, composition head and
legs, cloth stuffed body and arms, sleep eyes.
1928 Amberg Amfelt cloth dolls, fourteen doll styles, various sizes,
washable faces, cloth bodies jointed at neck shoulders and hips, single
strap shoes, imported the dolls from Paris, France to compete with Lenci and
others of this era.
ca. 1928 Amberg Baby Nod doll, bisque flange neck joint head, cloth
body, composition hands, glass eyes, closed mouth, doll marked Baby Nod,
LA & S NY, Germany, JGODI 2309/4 DRGM (bisque head by J.G. Dietrich -
Jgodi, made by Ernst Heubach), this is a Bye-Lo look a like.
1929 Amberg Peter Pan doll, 14" tall, all composition, molded painted
brown orange hair in a short Dutch boy straight hair with bangs, painted
brown eyes, smokey eye shadow, closed painted mouth, jointed at the neck,
shoulders, body twist waist and hips, came wearing a brown fabric short
tunic dress with larger fringe at neck and hemline, socks and brown oilcloth
shoes with bow amd metal, doll mark Amberg, Pat. Pend., L.A. & S. © 1928
and cloth clothing tag; An Amberg Doll With A Body Twist all, all it's
own! Pat. Pend. SFR No. 320,016.
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