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  Doll Makers Around The World

Below is a list of Doll makers around the world, listed by Country from the 1400s onward, included is the Company name, dates of operation, doll mold numbers, identifying doll mark; letters, initials, doll trade names and symbols, if known. 

 

Some dolls or figures are listed by type, as the exact doll makers names or artists are unknown. 

 

 

Ethnic doll, Folk doll, International doll,

National Costume doll, Souvenir doll, Tourist dolls

 

1950s to 1960s+  Almost every country on this planet has made or sells tourist dolls. The exact manufacturers names are usually unknown, obscure or too numerous to list; they could be made by local artists, individuals, small importers who then dress the dolls in the regions costumes and attire etc. but do not sign or label, the dolls they have made. 

 

Generally tourist dolls are small sized, low quality or inexpensive, although from the quantity found today, clearly folks did purchase them to commemorate their holiday. 

 

During the 1950s to 1960s+ a small, inexpensive hard or soft plastic Dress-Me type doll that has a glued on mohair wig, sleep eyes, doll is usually only jointed at the neck and shoulders with stationary legs, often with molded painted on shoes and unmarked.  This type of doll was produced by the thousands and shipped around the world to almost every country, it was then dressed by local artists, individuals, small importers based on the regional attire and purchased as a tourist souvenir.

 

 

Africa  America US Australia

Austria

       

Belgium

Canada

China

Czechoslovakia
       
Denmark

English

France

German

       
       
Greece Hungary Italy

Japan

       
       
Mexico Netherlands Poland
       
       
Russia

Spain

Switzerland  

 

Argentina - Doll Makers

- Dolls made in Argentina

 

Artycal Industria Argentina dolls ca. 1935+

 

Marilu Dolls 1932+, doll mark Marilu Marca Registrada in blue or red ink stamp

 

 

 

Brazil, Brazilian Bonecas Doll Makers

- Dolls made in Brazil

Estrela Company 1937-present, maker of dolls and toys, doll mark ESTRELA 

    - licensed by Ideal & Mattel to reproduce their products in Brazil

Estrela Company doll mark

 

some Estrela bonecas names; Bebe, 1963 Miss Universe Leda Vargas,

Linda, Patti Playpal, Susi and many others

 

Holzer & Cie dolls 1920s-1940s

 

Joao Perotti Mfg Obis dolls 1920s-1930s

 

Viuva Torres dolls 1898+ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

 

 

 

Denmark, Danish Doll Makers

- Dolls made in Denmark

 

Bing & Grondahl porcelain makers 1853+,

  - made some China head dolls marked B & G in blue

Bing & Grondahl China head doll mark B & G in blue ink

 

Dandol APS doll company 1980s+, made vinyl, Asian and animal Hedgies hedgehog characters plus other dolls.

Dandol doll mark DVP APS Made in Denmark

Dandol doll mark DVP APS Made in Denmark

 

 

Jeris Kofoed, J.K. Køge Doll Factory made celluloid dolls 1947-1950s? in Køge

J.K. Køge doll mark J.K. Køge inside a triangle

J.K. Køge doll mark J.K. Køge inside a triangle

J.K. Køge doll mark sea shell symbol

J.K. Køge doll mark sea shell symbol

J.K. Køge doll mark sea shell symbol inside a circle

J.K. Køge doll mark sea shell symbol inside a circle

 

Kai Reisler Aps Company 1949-2008, Copenhagen, made toy model figures; animals, cowboys, firemen, guards, Indians, sailors, soldiers & trolls in hard plastic or vinyl, doll mark Made in Denmark inside a circle J.N. for designer John Nissen.

Reisler doll mark Made in Denmark J.N.

A link with more company history, product photos, Reisler Model Figures

 

 

Royal Copenhagen Manufactory China head doll mark three wavy lines, three vertical lines 1772-1925+

 

 

 

 

Finland, Finnish Nukke Doll Makers - Dolls made in Finland

 

Amanda Hertman cloth dolls 1876+

 

Dollitex plastic dolls 1952-1975 - then became Polarnukke plastic dolls1975-1990s

 

Suomi dolls and toys 1888+

 

Turku Martha Doll Company or Turun Martta-Nukketeollisuus & Nukkela 1908-1974

   - early dolls have German heads and hands probably of bisque

 

 

Ireland, Irish Doll Makers - Dolls made in Ireland

Isobel Dodd dolls 1919+

 

Emily Florence Eaton dolls 1895-1925

 

Hibernian Novelty Co dolls 1916-1917

 

Irish Toy Company, Itco dolls by J. Peskin 1918 Dublin

 

Orwell Art Industries unbreakable composition head dolls, before 1908 Dublin

 

 

Israel, Israeli Doll Makers

- Dolls made in Israel

 

Mayer Rubber Company 1921+ dolls & toys made of rubber

 

doll mark Mayer Pat. Pend. in the 1950s to1960s

 

 

 

Greece, Greek, κούκλ Doll Makers - Dolls made in Greece

Bella doll hard plastic and vinyl, rooted hair, sleep eyes, closed mouth, doll is unmarked, unknown Greek doll maker

 

Evelt Themis dolls 1980s?  hand made porcelain dolls dressed in traditional Greek costumes

Evelt Themis doll mark tag, Evelt Themis, top of Iconic column symbol, Dolls in Greek traditional costumes, Hand made in Greece

Evelt Themis doll mark tag

Evelt Themis, top of Iconic column symbol,

Dolls in Greek traditional costumes,

Hand made in Greece

 

John Kehagias dolls 1960s-1970s, dolls also made and marked Regal of Canada

John Kehagias doll mark Ty.I 40/14 J.K.

John Kehagias doll mark Ty.I 40/14 J.K.

 

 

Lea Dolls 1960s Greek, Maid of Athens doll with leather, cloth body, blue velvet short jacket, blue full skirt 1960s tourist, souvenir doll

Lea Dolls 1960s,  Maid of Athens doll with leather, cloth body, blue velvet short jacket, blue full skirt 1960s tourist, souvenir doll

 

Near East Industries cloth dolls in regional clothes 1920-1930s

 

 

Hungary, Hungarian Doll Makers - Dolls made in Hungary

Magyar Asszonyok Nemzeti Szovetseg - (National League of Hungarian Women) dolls 1909-1926

 

Zsigmond Liebner dolls, toys 1920s +, Uncle Liebner famous toy dealer in Budapest

 

Magyar Babavilag - (Hungarian Dolldom) dolls 1920s

 

Magyar Mϋvészeti Mϋhely (Hungarian Art Workshop) dolls 1920s

 

Pápa Pottery doll mark PAPA 1811+

Pápa Pottery doll mark PAPA

Magyar Ruggyantaàrugyàr Rt. (Hungarian Rubber Articles Factory), celluloid & rubber dolls 1922-1926

Magyar Ruggyantaàrugyàr Rt. doll mark Made in Hungary

doll mark Made in Hungary

 

Orszagos Magyar Haziipari Szovetseg - (National Hungarian House Industry) dolls 1926

 

Mrs. Marga Szerelemhegyi doll mark Marga in heart symbol 1920s-1930s

Mrs. Marga Szerelemhegyi doll mark Marga inside heart symbol Made in Hungary

Ungarische Gummiwaren-fabrik dolls 1894-1930

 

 

India, Indian Doll Makers - Dolls made in India

 

Plywin Industries, Ltd. featherlite unbreakable  dolls 1946-1970

 

 

 

 

 

Mexico, Mexican Muñeca Doll Makers - Dolls made in Mexico

Religious dolls or figures in wax or carved wooden Santos figures 1700s+

Isabel Belaunsaran dolls 1913 - 1" or less silk thread wound around a wireframe dolls with hair, features & clothes

Cornhusk dolls, Folk Art dolls, Traditional dressed dolls

Muñequitas Illusion - Mexican tourist dolls, composition, hard plastic

Plastimarx Company - a division of Louis Marx, made Schaper Li'l Me dolls (also a USA company),

- now called Schaper Chi Kiss dolls 4" tall 1970s-1980s,

Tipica Muneca Mexicana - irrompible (unbreakable) composition Mexican boy dolls, Mexican girl dolls, NASB Nancy Ann Storybook like dolls

 

 

Netherlands, Holland, Dutch, Pop Doll Makers

- Dolls made in The Netherlands

18th to 20th century - Grödner Tal wood dolls, Nürnberg Fille, Peg Wooden, Penny Wooden dolls

Gebruder Douwes bisque doll heads by Simon & Halbig, cloth body doll

- doll mark Nationale Costuums Damrak 69 Amsterdam

 

R. Eekhoff bisque shoulder head Simon & Halbig doll mark 1894 Groningen

R. Eekhoff doll mark S8H Simon & Halbig

 

Gerzon dolls 1925-1930 importer and distributor, advertised composition head,

cloth body dolls similar to Käthe Kruse, celluloid dolls, Kämmer & Reinhardt

Dovina Dolls of Rotterdam-Holland doll mark VH intertwined, Dovina 1960s-1970s?

Dovina doll mark Vh, label Dovina Rotterdam-Holland

- 8-19" tall, regional dressed celluloid dolls marked VH with label "Dovina" Rotterdam - Holland

 

Liebling baby doll, mignonnettes, celluloid Kewpie like dolls, Boudoir dolls, black dolls, Chinese dolls, Oriental dolls.

Het Poppen Rijk (The Doll Palace) doll mark girl standing with arms stretched above head Wildebras 1946-1973 Steenwijk, Netherlands

Het Poppen Rijk (The Doll Palace) doll mark girl standing with arms stretched above head Wildebras

 

A. Többen (Tobben) dolls, 1939 worlds fair, hangtag made in Holland, wearing a Dutch costume

Harry VanTussenbroek 1929 art dolls

 

 

North Americas Doll Makers

- Dolls made in the North Americas

 

North America Arctic regions - wooden Labrador dolls 1940s+, Labrador Tea dolls 1960s+

 

Northern, North, Central, Caribbean, South America - dolls were made by various artists, craftsperson's

 

Trinidad dolls 1914+ East India coolie woman cloth dressed betrothal or marriage dolls

 

 

Norway, Norwegian, Dukke Doll Makers

 - Dolls made in Norway

 

Mimi Berg, Norgesdukker hand carved artist wood dolls 1940s Norway

 

Husflidsforening Norsk, Christiana, Oslo, exhibited dolls in 1893 at the Chicago Exposition

Kristian Olson, in 1893 exhibited dolls at the Chicago Exposition, Telemarken, Oslo

 

Ronnaug Petterssen dolls 1930s-1970s

 

 

Peru, Peruvian Doll Makers - Dolls made in Peru

 

Corporation de Industry Plastics SA - CIPSA 1959+ Lima, Peru

 

 

Poland, Silesia Lalka Doll Makers - Dolls made in Poland

 

Thabee Lazarski dolls 1913  - also located in France 1914-1930s

Mask Face Dolls 1920s+ dolls made in Poland

Theodor Reinke doll mark TR inside a triangle 1930s-1940s+ Kalisz, Poland

Theodor Reinke doll mark TR inside a triangle

 

Hogo Roithner & Co wood dolls 1871-1925 +

Schlesische Spielwaren Fabrik dolls 1926-1930

Heinrich Schmuckler doll mark Hesli rabbit symbol 1891-1928

Heinrich Schmuckler doll mark Hesli rabbit symbol

 

H. Weignerova dolls 1929-1930

Friederike Welsch dolls 1925 Breslau, Silesia

Zast dolls 1920s doll mark ASK inside a triangle Poland

Zast doll mark ASK inside a triangle Poland

 

 
 
Romania, Romanian, Papusi Doll Makers
- Dolls Made in Romania
 
Aradenca Factory 1948-2013 rubber squeak dolls & toys
 
 

Russia, Russian, Soviet union, куклы Doll Makers

- Dolls made in Russia, CCCP

1960s Russian dolls & doll makers Identified by Nastasya80

 

Antoshka doll mark V symbol, dates unknown possibly 1950s?

Antoshka doll mark symbol

 

A.L. Dymasb Komeko Go doll mark six pointed star symbol, ceramic head, ca. 1916-1920s

A.L. Dymasb Komoeko Go doll mark six pointed star symbol

 

Doll mold 455 46, ceramic head, unknown maker, ca. 1916-1920s

Doll Planet Russian Dolls Forum Board (in Russian)

Lenigrushka Factory dolls 1928+ of Leningrad

Lenigrushka Factory doll mark Teddy bear symbol
Lenigrushka doll mark Teddy bear symbol

Lenigrushka Factory doll mark couple embracing
Lenigrushka doll mark couple embracing symbol

Matryoshka Dolls - wooden Russian nesting dolls 1890+

New Year's Tree decoration miniature Russian nationality dressed dolls 1950s+

- miniature one piece head & body doll dressed in non removable

Russian provincial costumes, dolls are jointed only at the shoulders

Okhtinsky Chemical Plant celluloid & plastic doll mark OHK, OXK, OKX (the K is backward) 1907+ St. Petersburg

Okhtinsky Chemical Plant doll mark oval shape with OXK inside

Okhtinsky Chemical Plant doll mark oval shape with OXK inside CAENAHO B CCP

E. F. Safonoff hand made papier mache dolls ca. 1840s

Swiecka cloth or leather dolls 1915-1918

Russian Trihedral dolls, three sided wood dolls 1940-1991

Marie Vassilief or Vasilyeff dolls 1910-1926

Vesna Toy Factory, small & large plastic dolls, talkers, doll mark BECHA 1960s-present

Vierecke & Leutke dolls 1902 Riga

Zhuravlev & Kockeshkov terracotta or pottery unmarked doll heads on composition bodies 1900s-1918


Scotland, Scottish Doll Makers

- Dolls made in Scotland

 

John Henry Johnson India rubber, gutta percha dolls 1855

 

W. Tapp wooden dolls ca. 1860, a Scottish cabinet maker, Montrose, Scotland

 

Tomac of Scotland cloth doll house dolls 1950s

 

 

 

 

Sweden, Swedish Docka Doll Makers

- Dolls made in Sweden

 

Lilly Jacobssen Dockatelje dolls 1960s+ - small plastic regional dressed souvenir tourist dolls

 

 

Alan Flink dolls, dates unknown - made wooden regional painted dressed souvenir tourist dolls, doll mark Alan Flink Sweden Souvenir

Alan Flink doll mark Alan Flink Sweden Souvenir

 

Rörstrand China Head doll mark red R 1726-1925+

 

 

Switzerland, Swiss - Doll Makers - Dolls made in Switzerland

 

Anderegg dolls early 1900s, doll mark Th. Anderegg, wood carved dolls, Montreux, Switzerland

Theodor Anderegg doll mark

S.G.F. Bern doll mark red shield with white cross, Servante Bernoise 17 Siécle

S.G.F. Bern doll mark red shield with white cross, Servante Bernoise 17 Siécle

 

Bucherer & Cie doll mark Made in Switzerland 1921-1935

Bucherer & Cie doll mark Made in Switzerland Patents Applied For

 

Mme. Louise Bureau dolls Geneva, Switzerland

- doll mark Au Chaperon Rouge, Madame Louise Bureau, Gene-VA, Rue du Rhone 58, Fabrique de Poupees

Cunique Des Poupees ca. 1910 doll mark Lausanne, Place Palud No. 1, K star R 101x 39

Henkel & Co 1950s soap advertising doll

Henri Maillardet automata doll 1805

Heidi Ott dolls 1970s+

Swiss Linden wood dolls 1900s+ Brienz area, various craftsman

Thorens 1883+ doll mechanical music boxes, Edison phonographs + more

Franz Carl Webber dressed dolls including Jumeau's in the 40s to1950s & accessories1897-1950s

Westo marked small celluloid tourist dolls

Wood dolls, Wooden dolls 1900s+

 

 

Syria, Syrian Doll Makers - Dolls Made in Syria

 

Barronne Sandra Belling small Syrian dressed cloth dolls 1930s-1950s

- dolls are marked with a label stamped on clothing Made in Lebanon & Baronne Belling

 

 

Taiwan Doll Makers - Dolls made in Taiwan

 

Victoria Impex Corporation Venetian porcelain doll mark lotus flower symbol 1976+ & in Concord, CA

Victoria Impex Corporation doll mark lotus flower symbol

 

 

ATU Taiwan doll mark atu intertwined inside a circle, unknown

ATU Taiwan doll mark atu intertwined inside a circle, unknown

 

 

UAE Dubai Doll Makers

- Dolls made in The United Arab Emirates

 

New Boy FZOC, Dubai 1999+ - Fulla dolls

 

Playwell International LLC Dubai 1991-present

- 1992 Stephanie doll plus others

 

 

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