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Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark SPBH star symbol

before 1930 Schoenau & Hoffmeister mark SPBH with a star symbol

Arthur Schoenau acquired the toy factory of Bauersachs & Henninger in 1884 located in Sonneberg, German.  By 1896 Arthur participated in the Leipzig fair with nanking (cloth body) dolls. 

Arthur also was a founder in the Schoenau, Carl Hoffmeister porcelain factory in 1901, known as Porzellanfabrik Burggrub and located in Burggrub, Germany.  By 1907 the two partners were in disagreement as to the type of porcelain heads for their dolls.  Hoffmeister insisted on producing shoulder head dolls, while Schoenau wanted to produce socket head dolls.  Unable to resolve their differences Carl Hoffmeister left and Arthur Schoenau became the sole owner of both factories. 

In 1911 Arthur passed away and his son Hans Schoenau took over

as director of the company, next directorship was Arthur's widow Caroline and son Curt Schoenau.  It was son Curt who supplied the sculptor Caesar Schneider with a photo of Princess Elizabeth II of England, that was used to make their famous bisque head Princess Elizabeth doll. 

 

Schoenau & Hoffmeister supplied bisque doll heads to the following:  Kurt Bruckner, Canzler & Hoffman, Cuno & Otto Dressel, Edmond Edelmann, Gebrüder Eckhardt, Edmond Knoch, Kley & Hahn, Rudolph Leschhorn, Ernst Liebermann, Eg. Mich Ernst Luthardt, Werner Luthardt, Ernst Maar & Sohn, Hans Süssenguth, Friedrich Voight, Hermann VonBerg.

 

Antique Schoenau & Hoffmeister Dolls Identified

 

ca. 1905 Schoenau & Hoffmeister Kunstlerkopf Child Doll (art head doll) - 15-16 or 24" tall, bisque child doll with a slender face, wigged, glass stationary eyes, open mouth. 

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark 4000 SPBH
 star symbol

doll mark 4000 SPBH
 star symbol

 

 

 

Schoenau & Hoffmeister Künstlerkopf Child doll mold 4000

 

Künstlerkopf Child Doll mold 4000, 16" (art head doll)

ca. 1906 Schoenau & Hoffmeister Child Dolly Face doll - 14-40" tall, bisque shoulder head or socket head, jointed composition or kid body, wigged, glass eyes, open mouth.

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark Germany SPBH
 star symbol 1906

doll mark Germany SPBH
 1906

 

1906 Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mold 1906 Child Dolly Face doll 23"

Child Dolly Face doll mold 1906, 23"

1920 Schoenau & Hoffmeister Hanna, character baby doll  - 14-26" tall, bisque socket head, composition bent limb jointed body, wigged, large glass eyes, painted lashes, painted feathered brows, open smiling mouth with teeth. 

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark SPBH
 star symbol Hanna 8/0

doll mark SPBH
 star symbol Hanna

Shown on right; Hanna, 14" tall, bisque socket head, composition jointed baby with bent limb body, blue glass sleep eyes, painted lower lashes, open mouth with upper teeth.

 

1920 Schoenau & Hoffmeister Hanna doll, 14"

1920 Hanna, character baby doll, 14"

 

ca. 1930+ Schoenau & Hoffmeister Character Baby or Toddler Doll, 12-30" tall, bisque socket head, composition jointed body with bent limbs, wigged, glass eyes, open mouth. 

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark Porzellanfabrik Burggrub 169 A/O Germany

doll mark Porzellanfabrik Burggrub 169 A/O Germany

 

Schoenau & Hoffmeister Character baby doll mold 169, 25" tall

Character Toddler Doll mold 169, 25"

 

ca. 1937 Schoenau & Hoffmeister Princess Elizabeth Doll - 14-24" tall, bisque socket head, jointed composition body, blonde mohair wig, blue sleep eyes, open smiling mouth with upper teeth. 

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark Porzellanfabrik Burggrub Princess Elizabeth 5 Made in Germany

Doll marked Porzellanfabrik Burggrub Princess Elizabeth Made in Germany D.R.G.M.

abt. 1937 Schoenau & Hoffmeister Princess Elizabeth Doll

ca. 1937 Princess Elizabeth Doll, 24"

 

Arthur Schonau Doll Marks Identified

Arthur Schoenau doll mark MB Germany, A7S, MB 500 , DEP AS 1900-9, A in a heart symbol S1S

Arthur Schoenau doll mark A7S, MB 500 Germany (MB = Mein Cherub), DEP AS 1900-9, A in a heart symbol S1S

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark My Cherub

Arthur Schoenau doll mark Germany My Cherub doll in 1912

Other Arthur Schoenau named dolls;

1912 Carmencita doll

1912 Prinzessin Wunderhold doll

1912 Autoliebchen doll (Auto Sweetheart doll)

1913 Bébé Carmencita doll

1932 The Wochenend doll (Weekend doll)

Note; some doll trade names were possibly used by both companies

 

Schoenau & Hoffmeister Doll Marks Identified

Note; before 1930 dolls are marked SPBH
 with a star, after 1930 Porzellanfabrik Burggrub without a star

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark SPBH
 star symbol

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark SPBH
 star symbol

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark Porzellanfabrik Burggrub 169 A/O Germany

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark Porzellanfabrik Burggrub 169 A/O Germany, sometimes the word Spezial was added.

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark 241 - 5 Germany Burggrub

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark 241 - 5 Germany Burggrub

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark Porzellanfabrik Burggrub 769 8/O Germany

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark Porzellanfabrik Burggrub 769 8/O Germany

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark Germany S star symbol PB inside H 1906

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark Germany SPBH
 star symbol 1906

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark SPBH
 star symbol 1909 31a Germany

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark SPBH
 star symbol 1909 31a  Germany

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark SPBH
 star symbol, dep, Rosebud, 2500 Germany

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark SPBH
 star symbol, dep, Rosebud, 2500 Germany

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark 4500 0 SPBH
 star symbol

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark 4500 0 SPBH
 star symbol

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark 4900 6 SPBH
 star symbol

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark 4900 6 SPBH
 star symbol

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark 5500 SPBH
 star symbol dep 8

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark 5500 SPBH
 star symbol dep 8

Porzellanfabrik Burggrub Das Lachende Baby 1930-2 Made in Germany D.R.G.M

Porzellanfabrik Burggrub Das Lachende Baby 1930-2 Made in Germany D.R.G.M

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark SPBH
 star symbol Hanna 8/0

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark SPBH
 star symbol Hanna 8/0

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark Kunstlerkopf SPBH
 star symbol 11 Germany

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark Kunstlerkopf SPBH
 star symbol 11 Germany

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark Made in Germany S PB H N.K.B.

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark Made in Germany SPBH
 N.K.B.

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark Made in Germany SPBH
 star symbol N.O.B.

Schoenau & Hoffmeister doll mark Made in Germany SPBH
 star symbol N.O.B.

 

 

Schoenau & Hoffmeister Doll Mold Numbers Identified

 

70, 165, 169, 170, 241, 500, 769, 900, 914, 1000, 1200, 1400, 1700,

1800, 1900, 1904, 1906, 1909, 1916, 1919, 1923, 1930, 2500, 4000, 4100,

4500, 4600, 4700, 4900, 5000, 5100, 5300, 5400, 5500, 5700, 5800

 

 Schoenau & Hoffmeister Doll Trade Names

 

 Schoenau & Hoffmeister made named dolls Carmencita mold 1919, Rosebud mold 2500 and Viola mold 5400, they also made bisque doll heads for Edmund Edelmann marked SPBH Mona, Melitta or Mine and for Ernst Liebermann a doll named Violet and possibly the Eli doll.

 

Additional Schoenau & Hoffmeister Dolls not shown

ca. 1925 Schoenau & Hoffmeister Solid Dome Infant doll, 10-14" tall, bisque flange neck, cloth body, composition limbs, painted hair, small glass sleep eyes, closed mouth, doll marked N.K.B with or without a German ink stamp.

 

Schoenau & Hoffmeister Character Doll, 12, 18-22" tall, bisque socket head, jointed composition body, wigged, rounded eyes, painted brows, open mouth. 

 

ca. 1905 Schoenau & Hoffmeister Oriental doll mold 4900, 9" tall, doll marked SPBH
 star symbol OX.

 

 

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