1888 to the 1930s Buschow & Beck, German doll makers of metal head dolls,
used the trade name Minerva over a helmet symbol (shown below), this mark
can also be found on dolls made of celluloid. Their American partner was Alfred Vischer (also
marked Minerva) with
George Borgfeldt and
Louis Wolf as distributors.
Buschow & Beck metal head dolls are used on the
brand name of Wearwell dolls, Knock Out dolls and Violet
dolls. Buschow & Beck were the most prolific of the metal head doll
1898 to the 1930s Karl Standfuss, German doll maker of metal head
dolls, used the trade name and
doll mark JUNO.
1901 to 1910 Alfred Heller, German doll maker of metal head dolls, used the trade name and doll mark
of metallpuppenköpfe - means metal doll head maker.
1919-1920 Aluminum Doll Head
Works USA, made aluminum doll heads and hands on
composition ball jointed or cloth stuffed bodies, doll mark unknown or unmarked.
1917-1930 Atlas Doll &
Toy Company USA, made all metal dolls, also dolls with metal
shoulder heads, sleep eyes, wigged and metal arms on cork stuffed bodies, Atlas doll mark
or trade names are A.D.T. Co and in 1919 Hug Me Kid with sleep or
stationary eyes, molded hair or wigged, also a 1928 Dolly Jump
Rope doll who came in a metal push cart.
Giebeler Falk Doll
Corporation USA, used the trade name Gie-Fa, they made an aluminum head with a wooden body phonograph
doll named Primadonna, who has a clockwork mechanical mechanism in the
dolls torso, a crank handle in the neck works the turntable located in the top
of the head, dolls with a metal head, hands and feet with wooden or composition bodies and entire dolls made of all aluminum. Doll marks Gie Fa Trademark
New York, NY., Aluminum Heads ~ Hands Guaranteed Unbreakable or the
initial G inside a six pointed star symbol U.S. Pat.
1902-1904 Metal Doll Company of Pleasantville, NJ, USA, made entire dolls of thin steel
sheet metal, fully jointed steel body, some have jointed
wrists and ankles, strung with steel springs in 12 and 18" tall, called
All Steel Doll, distributed by Borgfeldt, mark shown left.
Horsman made a metal head doll marked Horsman
shown above on a composition jointed body, but we have been unable to find any
reference documentation as to his name.
1922 Armor Metal Toy Stamping Company, of Bayonne, NJ USA,
made metal Armor heads on composition jointed or cloth stuffed jointed sanitary
bodies and walking dolls, doll sizes 14-22" tall, doll marking unknown.
1930s E.F. Company, of Sydney, Australia, made metal head dolls
Antique Metal Head Dolls Identified
1900s-1930s Buschow & Beck, 21" tall, Minerva metal head doll, with a cloth body,
doll marked Minerva with helmet symbol, shown below.
1898-1930s Karl Standfuss, 20" tall metal shoulder head doll, marked crown
symbol Juno, shown below
Buschow & Beck doll mark Minerva with a helmet symbol
Karl Standfuss doll mark crown symbol Juno
1901-1910 Alfred Heller, 16" tall, Diana metal head doll, shoulder head
on cloth body, doll marked Diana D.R.G.M 160638, shown on left.
Alfred Heller metal head doll mark Diana D.R.G.M 160638