From 1900 to 1930, Marseille’s factory was the largest supplier of dolls’ heads in Europe and today these dolls continue to appear on the antiques market.
Most German bisque doll heads had painted faces (eyebrows, lips, rosy cheeks, etc.), glass eyes and formed teeth.
The German bisque doll manufacturer established his company in 1885.
The firm was located in the Thuringia region which hosted many pottery firms because of the natural deposits of clay found there.
When it comes to evaluating the market value for German bisque dolls, condition is a highly significant attribute.
Any damage to the bisque head, inclusions on the composition matter body or loss of a wig negatively impacts value.
These less expensive yet equally attractive dolls from Germany satisfied a growing market in the late 1800s for childhood toys.132 Reference for Reckangel: Doll Values by Patsy Moyer, 3rd Edition Oriental Doll Mark: AM 1894 6/0 DEP By Armand Marseille/Kopplesdorf, Germany doll factory Open mouth, square teeth Socket head; tinted bisque; mohair wig Five-piece, composition body with red slippers Mark: incised 8 on neck Mark (body stamp): Bébé Jumeau Diplome d' Honneur, Made in France Doll length, 19 inches; composition, ball-jointed body Wide hips and cupped torso for rounded, turned upper leg joints Open mouth with molded teeth Blue paper-weight eyes; pierced ears Painted upper and lower lashes; feathered brows Natural, hair wig References: (1) Mark: 301 W&C Germany Open mouth, upper teeth Jointed child's body Stationery, glass eyes; feathered brows Open mouth, upper teeth Schuetzmeister & Quendt porcelain factory in Thuringia, Germany, made bisque heads for Wolf & Co.Mark: Santa 1249 32 Santa was a registered trademark name for Hamburger & Co., a NY producer, importer and distributor of German dolls, 1900-1910 The Santa bisque doll head was produced for Hamburger by Simon & Halbig Jointed, composition body Pierced ears; sleeping eyes; molded eyebrows, open mouth; four upper teeth Mark: 458 13, Heubach-Kopplesdorf, Germany Size: 11 inches; Mold no.Marks for these popular German dolls are found on the back of the doll’s head near the neck along with the AM logo and country of origin by law, that is Germany.Identifying a German bisque doll is easy as the mark reads the name of the firm, “Armand Marseille” and “Germany” with a mold number indicating which mold was used to form the doll's pottery bisque head.