Antique Metal Head Dolls & Makers Identified
Buschow & Beck Minerva metal head doll, 21" tall, molded
painted blonde hair, painted blue eyes, closed mouth on a cloth body, doll
marked Minerva with helmet symbol.
1888 to the 1930s Buschow & Beck, were German doll makers of metal head dolls
and used the trade name and doll mark Minerva over a helmet symbol, this mark
can also be found on their dolls made of celluloid. Buschow & Beck were
the most prolific of the German metal head doll
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
Buschow & Beck doll mark Minerva with a helmet symbol
Karl Standfuss Juno metal head doll, 20" tall, marked crown symbol Juno.
1898 to the 1930s Karl Standfuss, German doll maker of metal head
dolls, used the trade name and
doll mark JUNO.
Karl Standfuss doll mark crown symbol Juno
Alfred Heller Diana metal head doll, 16"
tall, with molded painted blonde hair, multi stroke eyebrows, glass eyes,
painted upper & lower eye lashes, open mouth, shoulder head
on cloth body, doll marked Diana D.R.G.M 160638.t.
1901 to 1910 Alfred Heller, German doll maker of metal head dolls, used the trade name and doll mark
Alfred Heller metal head doll mark Diana D.R.G.M 160638
The German word 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.
1918-1921 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 as
shown above on a composition jointed body, but we have been unable to find any
reference documentation as to his name.
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