K and K Toy Company - Doll mold 32, 15 1/2"
tall, Alt, Beck & Gottschalck, ABG, bisque shoulder head doll, with
composition lower arms, cloth body and legs, sleep eyes, multi-stroke
painted eyebrows, painted upper and lower eyelashes, open mouth with two
upper teeth and tongue.
Doll mark: 38, K & K,
image of mark shown on the right
Another known K & K doll marking is the initials
K & KX,
usually found on composition doll heads.
The K & K Toy Company, Inc. was founded in
New York City, in 1915 as an importer of mostly German bisque head dolls and as the
company name indicates, probably toys too.
Some antique K & K made dolls are
notably; Flossie Fisher's Own Doll, Kewpie dolls, Hollikids, Happifats,
Bye-Lo Baby dolls and others, as well as supplying composition doll bodies
often marked bisquette or fiberoid and cloth or kid bodies to
other doll makers.
K & K doll and toy products were distributed by both
George Borgfeldt and
Butler Brothers. A 1924
advertisement states that the company name K & K stands for Kept Klean.
K & K Toy Company
dolls with antique ABG bisque heads markings:
doll mold number, K & K, size number (in centimeters)
Made in Germany
or doll mold number, Germany,
K & K, size number, Thuringia
doll mold numbers; 23 32 38 42
50 58 178
doll size numbers; -- 39 45
56 58 60 -- --
the bottom doll size number is in centimeters.