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Strobel & Wilken Co letterhead 1878

Strobel & Wilken letterhead, below company initials & crest

Strobel & Wilken company initials S W wreath crest

The Strobel Company of Cincinnati, Ohio was founded in 1849 and first manufactured leather goods.  In 1864 George Wilken joined the Strobel company business which then became known as STROBEL & WILKEN, they also then began to distribute toys and many other fancy goods. 

 

After the Civil War when trade was resumed with Europe, they distributed and imported, mostly German made bisque head dolls. 

 

In 1886 a branch office was established in New York City, which soon became Strobel & Wilken's main office.

Antique dolls identified, imported and sold by the Strobel & Wilken Company

1909+ Character Doll, Kämmer & Reinhardt Baby doll, or Kaiser Baby, 11-20" tall, bisque socket head, composition jointed bent limb baby body, molded painted hair, painted eyes, open/closed mouth.  The 100 doll mold, Kaiser Baby dolls also came with glass eyes and were also distributed in the United States by George Borgfeldt. 

                      Photos courtesy of littlemarz

K & R Baby doll mark 28 K * R 100

K & R Kaiser Baby doll, 11" doll mold 100

K & R Kaiser Baby doll mold 100, 11" tall

Strobel & Wilken, All Bisque doll mold

SWC 251, 9" tall

Strobel & Wilken, Peach doll mold 257, All Bisque Girl doll, 4 1/2"

Strobel & Wilken, Peach doll mold 257 SWC,

All Bisque Girl doll 4 1/2"

Strobel & Wilken Doll, 7" tall, bisque head, fabric covered bisque body, doll mark SWC, mold number unknown

Strobel & Wilken, 7" tall, bisque head doll with fabric Pillsbury Best XXXX, Minneapolis, Minn. Flour.

Shown on right; Pillsbury CA & P Co. fabric back,

with a wheat sheath symbol beneath.

Strobel & Wilken doll mark 400 SWC

Strobel & Wilken, All Bisque Doll,

7" doll mark 400 21 SWC

note the 21 is likely a size number

Strobel & Wilken All Bisque Doll, 7" tall, fixed stationary eyes, open mouth with upper teeth, jointed bisque five piece bent limb baby body, doll mark 400 21 SWC

 

Note:  The doll mark SWC found on small all bisque dolls, we believe was used by the Strobel & Wilken Company, however, many reference books list the SWC mark as unidentified, so please use your own judgment. Not to be confused with the German company Walther & Sohn doll mark of intertwined initials

    W & S or S & W.

 

STROBEL & WILKEN Doll Mold Numbers Identified

123   237   241   242   247   251   257   357   400   405 googly  1500

 

Additional information & antique dolls not shown

1895-1924 American Beauty cloth rag dolls.

Strobel & Wilken doll mark American Beauty doll label

1897 used a mark of S W & Co. Karlsbad on pottery, possibly from the factory of Bawo & Dotter in Karlsbad Germany

1903 registered the name Royal doll for Kämmer & Reinhardt's line, sold Alfred Heller's metal head Diana dolls

1906 advertised American Beauty rag dolls with photographic colored faces named; Darling dolls, Wonderland dolls,

          American Fashion dolls dressed

1908 sold Kämmer & Reinhardt's Royal doll line including The Flirt Doll, whose sleep eyes also moved side to side

1909 advertised K & R Royal doll line; K & R doll mold 100 Kaiser Baby, Heindrich Handwerck dolls, Hertel, Schwab

          bisque head dolls in the Jubilee doll line, Character dolls; Commander Robert E. Peary doll, Dr. Frederick A.

          Cook doll, both North Pole expedition dolls

1909 Kämpfe & Heubach cloth body and cloth or celluloid face Alice doll

1910 advertised Kämmer & Reinhart character dolls;

                             Kaiser Baby, Carol, Elise, Elsa, Gretchen, Hans, Marie, Peter, Walter

1911 distributed dolls for Ideal Doll & Toys and Kämpfe & Heubach, also known as the Wallendorf Porzellanfabrik

1913 advertised Aluminia doll metal heads and distributed cloth Käthe Kruse dolls

1914 registered Brighto doll, Arabesque doll, Our Pride Kidette doll, all bisque Peach doll mold 257 and Nemo doll

1914-1915 advertised American Beauty dolls with kid body, Edmund U. Steiner bisque doll heads mark of E.U.St.

1915 advertised cloth character dolls Susie's Sister doll, Tootsie doll, American Art Character Baby dolls made in the

          USA, that are look alike Käthe Kruse dolls (American Art dolls were controlled by Strobel & Wilken)

1916 distributed Zaiden dolls, Utlely's Rollinson dolls and American Art cloth dolls; Ulrich doll, Buddy doll and Faith doll

1917 advertised Cuddlekins dolls

1918 distributed American Toy & Manufacturing Company; Snow White dolls

ca. 1920s to 1930s sold composition shoulder head Mama dolls marked on neck STROBEL WILKEN Co

1926-1930 distributed W. Bimblick & Company wood segmented line of Joy Doll Family dolls

1930 advertised their line of American Beauty cloth rag dolls.

 

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