Popularly known as one of the best manufacturers of bisque-headed dolls, the Armand Marseille Company produced from 1885 to 1950 in Thuringia, Germany. The idea for the company was Herman, the son of an architect and born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1856. His family emigrated to Germany after 1860. Herman then bought Mathias Lambert’s toy company in 1884 and later acquired Liebermann & The Wegescher Porcelain Factory in Koppelsdorf in the year 1885.
According to historical data, the company had produced around 1,000 bisque doll heads per day from 1900 to 1930. They made dolls for babies, children, characters and women with painted or glass eyes. The company also used other body materials such as composition and cloth bodies. However, the doll bodies they used for their products were produced by other doll manufacturers but were still of good quality.
For those who want to have a reference of the dolls manufactured by Armand Marseille, here are just a few of the dolls that have been popularly launched:
1) Floradora (1894) – The doll has a “Made in Germany / AM / Armand Marseille” mark with mold number 370. The doll measured 19 to 20 inches tall, had a cloth body with one pair of eyes glass and a slightly open mouth.
2) Beauty, Jubilee, Queen Louise, Majestic and Princess (1894) – These are just some of the names used for dolls that had composite bodies with bisque shoulders. The markings on the dolls were “AM / DEP / Made in Germany” with their mold numbers.
3) Baby Betty / Baby Character – The doll typically had the “Germany AM DGRM or DRMR mark with mold number 231 next to it. The bisque head doll had glass eyes, painted eyelashes, wig and limb body. of the folded and articulated child.
4) Baby Phyllis – This doll had a cloth body, bisque shoulder head and lower arms were partially made up. Other character dolls were named Ellar, Melitta and Baby Gloria. These dolls would have straight legs or the baby’s limbs bent.
5) Googly Eye (1920) – This bisque-headed doll with a pair of round eyes that looked sideways and measured 12 inches tall. The doll mold numbers are 200, 210, 240, 241, 253 and 323.
6) Just Me (1925) – The doll had sleeping eyes and painted eyelashes. She measured 7.5 to 13 inches tall and mold numbers are 310 and 318. For the avid Vogue doll collector, yes, these dolls were also sold by the Vogue Doll Company.
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