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ca. 1920s Horsman metal head boy doll, composition jointed body and limbs.  Doll marked Horsman, a mystery boy doll. 

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France has the first patent recorded by René Poulin in 1861 for making dolls heads and limbs of metal. In 1876 Lucien Vervelle, also of France, secured a patent for dolls heads made of metal, too.  1898 Sommereisen obtained a French patent making hollow aluminum doll heads. 

 

Beginning in 1886 the majority of metal head dolls were made in Germany many by doll maker's Max Dittrich & Joseph Schön (1886-1890) & Robert Hiller (1887-1890). 

 

The German metal heads were made from stamped sheet metal, that were welded together and then painted.  The heads seem to have been made primarily as a replacement head for bisque or China doll heads that were easily broken.

 

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 Sears brand name of Wearwell dolls, Knock Out dolls and Violet dolls.  Buschow & Beck were the most prolific of the metal head doll makers.

 

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 DIANA. 

 

The word in German 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.

 

Metal Doll Company doll mark Patent Pending Made By Metal Doll Co. Pleasant, N.J.

 

 

 

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.  

 

1922 Armor Metal Toy Stamping Company, of Bayonne, NJ USA, made metal Armor heads on composition jointed orE.F. Company metal head doll mark L.C. 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 marked L.C.

 

 

 

Antique Metal Head Dolls Identified

1900s-1930s Buschow & Beck, 21" tall, Minerva metal head doll, with a cloth body.

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

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

 

Buschow & Beck doll mark Minerva with a helmet symbol

Karl Standfuss doll mark crown symbol Juno

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

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

Alfred Heller metal head doll mark Diana D.R.G.M 160638

 

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