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I've been spending some time identifying several antique doll collections that I've received on consignment, and stumbled across this very useful German site, Puppenmarkenlexicon which has a listing of "visual" marks of antique bisque German dollmakers. By visual marks, I'm referring to marks that are not just the name of the dollmaking company and/or mold numbers, but marks that incorporate artwork and other mark information. The site is not exhaustive, and I can't read a word of the site, but it can definitely help you identify some of those antique German marks that are hard to look up in a book!


September 24, 2009 at 9:24 pm
(1) wposvjo says:

dpnlreu- Thank you,wposvjo.Great site.

October 1, 2009 at 2:29 pm
(2) Lee Muehling says:

I have a rubber doll (gerber baby) whose leg has collapsed. Is there a way to regenerate or does it need to be replaced? Do you know of anyone who does these repairs?

October 2, 2009 at 7:14 pm
(3) luceda carter says:

Re: your Ultimate Doll Authority Jo Ann Mathias cleaning composition dolls, I checked a few auto parts stores and they never heard of Amoral, they have a product Amer All or something like that. Please advise where I can find, tried the internet and no product found. Again, I wish to clean my Shirley Temple composition doll, Thanks

October 18, 2009 at 2:00 pm
(4) Nancy says:

Does anyone know anything about Nostalgie-Puppen dolls.
I have a Sister collection doll “Natalia” she is a porcelain doll made in Germany, her name is written on the back of her neck with some type of serial number, I supposed. I have had it for many years, still in her original box, she is in perfect condition. I would like to know if she is she has any value, to keep holding on to her.
Nancy, CA

October 21, 2009 at 11:22 pm
(5) karen giese says:

I have doll with the initials P.M” and Germany.
what can you tell me

November 3, 2009 at 12:53 pm
(6) Sarah says:

Can anyone help me I have a German doll which my grandmother gave me,I dont know her age just that she has a number on the base of her neck and the word Germany. She is in rather a sorry state, partly age partly neglect. I would like to sell her but dont know where to start. Can anyone point me in the right direction.
Please help me.

February 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm
(7) Linda says:

a coworker just brought in a German doll. Very old (not sure how old) but it appears to be a type of composite and the eyes are painted on and the arms and legs move vis springs inside the body. Ant ideas?

April 13, 2010 at 10:09 am
(8) charlotte says:

I have a set of Rubber Dolls what I believe to be Hansel & Gretal. I can not find a mark on them. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

May 17, 2010 at 6:04 am
(9) lcd reviews says:

I just sent this post to a bunch of my friends as I agree with most of what you’re saying here and the way you’ve presented it is awesome.

May 21, 2010 at 4:15 pm
(10) shai says:

Hi. I have a doll, left to me by my mother. The doll has become something of a mystery to us, we know she is of the late 19th to early 20th century, she is German and on the back of her neck is inscribed ‘special for Germany’. If you could help or know of someone who may be able to so we would be grateful to have our mystery solved. Thank you.

June 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm
(11) Erica says:

Hi- i have a doll that is very old 19th century german with an N at the base of the back of her neck. Any clue who made her ? thank you

July 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm
(12) Herb Crook says:

I have a rubber doll with the markings on the back of the head “West Germany” “V 104″

Can you tell me who the manufacture is?

August 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm
(13) Hildegard Bolz says:

I have a German Bisque head doll (24″), ball-jointed, with the mark: Made in Germany and below: 63.
Who made that doll?

August 5, 2010 at 10:08 pm
(14) Sharon Watson says:

Cleaning a doll: After trying many products on an old doll full of grime,I hit upon a miracle! The red bottle carpet cleaner called RESOLVE is that gentle but effective miracle when applied with a soft cloth. No harm will come to the composition, vinyl, or whatever the material of the doll. Sharon

September 4, 2010 at 2:01 pm
(15) wilma long says:

Hi I have a german doll ,very old .On the back of the neck is Germany and above that 2 large w’s one inserted on top of the other. could any one help me identify the maker.

September 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm
(16) mary says:

I have an old doll with a star on the back of it’s neck, with a k on one side of the star and an R on the other further down the neck is the number 114. it is also a wind up musical doll, please help me anyone. thanks

November 5, 2010 at 11:48 pm
(17) Judy says:

I have a doll that was made in Germany over 100 years ago she is maybe 2 ft tall a porcelan or china head jointed body blue eyes and a beautiful face I know she is worth some money. When I was a child my Aunt gave her to me the doll was given to her as a child if she was living she would be around 120 a doll hospital offered back then over 100.00 dollars . I would like to sell her but I would
like to know the true value of this doll.

November 8, 2010 at 12:36 pm
(18) Anne Stephens says:

I have a doll bought in Germany in the 1970s it is celluloid it has eyes that open it is jointed I think it is dressed in the country’s costume and it is marked with a W inserted inside a W on the back of its neck and is 17inches tall. I would be pleased if someone could identify this doll for me.
Regards A stephens

December 2, 2010 at 10:41 am
(19) Brenda says:

I am trying to see how old a little (3″) soft “rubbery” plastic doll is. she has moveable arms and legs, brown painted hair and is marked on her back: R in a triangle, Germany, and either 1020 or 1920. Any ideas? Thanks!

January 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm
(20) CAT says:

Brenda, I have a doll just like yours, am not sure of its exact age but I know I have had it since I was 8 am now 66 so mine is around 58+ years old

February 9, 2011 at 2:38 am
(21) Judy Strickland says:

I realize this question is from 2009, but I thought I would answer it anyway. It’s regarding the rubber doll that has a collapsing leg. I have one that is doing the same thing. Amazingly, I have others that have been kept in the same doll cabinet under the same conditions and are fine, but this one has decided to collapse!!! There is really nothing you can do to fix it. These mixtures were so hit and miss – some lasted; some didn’t. If there’s an opening to do it, you can try filling the leg with cotton balls. It would be easier to just find a replacement body if you can. Hope this helps anyone who may need this info. I’ve been a collector and doll maker for over 30 years and I treasure my dolls. I have begun collecting miniatures now since my home has too many of the larger dolls. I don’t want it to look like a doll store in my living room.LOL I even have a life-size Lady Grace (a french store mannequin from the 1870′s) My mom and I each made one. What a job that was – but that’s a topic for another time. Judy

March 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm
(22) kath says:

my daughter has a doll which she has inherited from her grandmother. it is about 20″ (inches) long with blue eyes that close when it is lying down, a slightly open mouth with two teeth behind the lower lip, the head was given a tan colour where the hair would be. on the back of the neck there is a marking – made in germany with the initials HW 7 underneath, not sure if this doll is bisque of if it is of any value. can you help please.

March 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm
(23) deborah herndon says:

i have a few antique dolls one in particular is about 6 inchs long and it has germany on back of its head 16/0 and also another little mark that looks like a kings crown it has mouth slightly open with teeth and a white dress and cap that has red strips can someone help me to find a sight that i may could identify it i remember my mother telling me that her mother gave it to her and possibly was her grandmothers any help would be appreciated

March 28, 2011 at 11:32 pm
(24) Donna l Moore says:

I have a German Bisque doll with blue eye’s that open and close , Half circle.. Made in Germany..then a Horseshoe with a slash in between, underneath the horse shoe, marks are Hch 01/2 h… she has a kid skin body..and bisque hand’s.. she is filled with saw dust ..she also has linen leg’s..and a human hair wig…any help I can get would be appreciated…

May 3, 2011 at 10:27 am
(25) margaret dodd says:

I was given a doll approximately 63 years ago by my aunt who had her since she was a girl. The doll is approximately 17 inches high and is marked on the back of the head SHB5 and PB inside a 5 pointed star. The doll is in what I would consider good condition for it’s age. From my description can you identify it. Looking on the internet the closest I can see is Simon and Halbig mold 939 ?

Can you please identify in any way?

Thank you.

May 7, 2011 at 11:32 am
(26) carole says:

I have a doll which dates from approx 1919 (family records confirm) She has a chine face, open and close eyes, and her mouth is showing no teeth. She used to say ‘mama’ but that part is not now working. She has a stuffed cloth body and beautiful china hands with dimples on them. On her neck it says AM and Germania.
Can anyone tell me her approx value. Sadly the head has been mended at some time, although the ‘scar’ is hidden by her bonnet…>Thanks…

May 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm
(27) esme elm says:

I have an antique doll which I believe to be bisque. It’s a little girl with blonde hair in pigtails tied with red bows. She has no ears, blue eyes with 5 long eyelashes from each eye. Her mouth is slightly open. Her entire body is “bisque” no cloth. I believe the joints are tied by elastics. She has black shoes painted on (look like clogs) a flowered handkerchief on her head with matching apron and cuffs. Her dress is velvety with a white petticoat.

Markings on back of neck – a double ring circle with an upward pointed arrow in the centre. Above the circles are 3 shapes that look like hexagons or crowns. There is a name written below the circles. The only visible letters are U M L E. There may have been a letter before and after, but not too sure.

Any info regarding this doll would be much appreciated. Thanks!

June 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm
(28) Anna says:

I have a doll that is porcelain looks Chinese with blue eyes pointy ears long blonde hair. Movable arms and legs painted eye brows and eye lashes. I believe she was a fairy I’m not sure it was inherited from an old friend.

July 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm
(29) Robin Sherman says:

I have an antique German doll made of some type of canvas type fabric. On the back of the neck it has numbers 8409131 91 Alfina Lutz (not positive about name). Do you have any ideas about the dollmaker or value of the doll. Thank you for any help you can give.

July 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm
(30) Cecily says:

I have a baby doll about 12 inches, jointed cloth body and stitched “fingers” on hand, hard plastic (I think) head with marking Ei.1 Germany.

Any clues as to her maker?

September 3, 2011 at 9:56 am
(31) Murray Oeth says:

My wife passed recently from Ovarian Cancer and she had an old doll that was her grandmothers, than mother’s and than hers. Has been stored in giant glass box for last 40 years to protect. Found mark on neck that is almost impossible to see. Appears to be a clover with word Germany. Appears to be more but would need to darken somehow to bring it out. I believe doll is well over a hundred years old as mother in law was 86 when she passed and her mother had this when she young person. Can anyone help with info on this?

September 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm
(32) Donna says:

I have an antique bisque doll head marked “Germany3″. Can anyone tell me who the maker might be?
Thank you,
Donna M.

October 8, 2011 at 8:48 pm
(33) Brenda Green says:

I have a doll that is unmarked, she is 21″ long. Has a head made of plaster. Her eyes and ears were already on the mold.
her mouth is open with 2 top teeth showing. Her leg and arms
fill like plaster or plastic and are attached to the cloth body.
the arms and legs do not bend. Her hair is blonde and her
clothes are orginal. Her face is cracking and she is in poor
condition. But I was wondering how old she was and were she was made and if she is still worth anything. Thank you for you time.Brenda

October 24, 2011 at 12:02 am
(34) Tbrown says:

Can anyone help me i have recieved a doll from my Grandmother i only know what i have read tonight on google it is a bisque head/shoulder and hands, its body apears to be a type of leather and is filled with what looks like wood chips or cork, is hinged at hips knees and arms, her eyes are blue and apear to be glass, hair is almost a “dirty blonde” or very light brown, her mouth is slightly opened with 5 teeth, a small dimple on her chin and painted upper and lower lashes, on the back of her neck area it reads

No 184

thank you

November 13, 2011 at 8:37 am
(35) PatriceKata says:

6 inch paper mache doll red hair dressed in silk dress she is marked on neck 14 a with a line under the a searching for maker of this doll? Thank you

November 13, 2011 at 8:39 am
(36) PatriceKata says:

6″ paper mache red haired doll dressed in silk marked on neck 14 a
It is a small a with line underneath it………might be French Thank you

November 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm
(37) Sharon Jepson says:

My mother has a bisque or china doll head with the back of the head (back of neck area) marked Germany with the numbers 84140 underneath Germany. Does anyone know the value of this doll head only and where a person could purchase the rest of the entire doll ? Otherwise do we just mount the head on another doll body? Where can we find information on this doll head. It is absolutely lovely.

November 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm
(38) Andrea says:

I have a bisque doll with the marking AC 197 and it looks like another smaller symbol or number after the seven but i cant figure it out. The doll looks like a kewpie in the face except the eyes are not slanted and it is fully jointed with ropes. Can anyone identify this doll?

December 4, 2011 at 9:40 am
(39) Karan says:

Thank you so much, helped indentify two markings that were extremely hard to find! Wonderful site!

January 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm
(40) KATHY JETT says:

i have a doll, that has markings on the back of the head, can you help me? it says 1894…AMDER…Mmade in germany..3c?? the top of her legs and arm is wooden, and the hands are bisque or porcelain, and the head is bisgue along with her body. face looks like the mystery puppen doll, i have seen in the reference page?? but she also has open mouth with three teeth? if you can help me, please let me know? thanks, kathy

January 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm
(41) Fred Sprague says:

My wife passed away seven years ago and I am now selling off some of her antique dolls. i have price guides that list mold numbers but there is one I cannot find. The number is #3 and under that it says Germany. I would appreciate any help i can get.

March 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm
(42) Dee says:

I have an old doll that has a cloth body and a china head on the front it Marion on the back it says patent app for Germany where could I find more about it , itS been in the family around 100 years

March 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm
(43) ccmommy says:

I have a rubbery plastic 3″ doll with brown hair, white socks, and red shoes. Her clothes are hand stiched on (probably not original). On her back is a triangle with aRi or something close, then Germany and below that 1020 or 1920. Is it of any value?

April 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm
(44) alexandra says:

hi trying to find out if titat towefin 7b265 this is on the back of my dolls head .not find anything could you help

April 23, 2012 at 1:34 am
(45) Shiloh says:

Hi. I have a doll with porcelain hands feet and face. She tanks 12″ with blonde ringlets. The back of her neck has an m and then a circle with the number 2 in it. Can anyone help me?

May 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm
(46) janeen stuart says:

I have a 5 inch antique bisque doll with real hair glass eyes painted facial features painted socks and shoes. the doll belonged to my grandmother whose parents came from Germany in 1880s. I would love to dress her but have no idea what she should be wearing. Any help would be greatly appreciated. It is my understading that the doll’may have been made in Colonge Germany but I don’t know anything else.

June 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm
(47) Jen says:

I have an antique bisque German doll that I can’t find the markings for. Can someone help?
This is how the markings go


RGCP ?? I am not sure


Any help would be appreciated!

July 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm
(48) Lisa says:

I have a german made doll and I got it from my grandmother and these are the numbers on the back of the shoulders P. Sch.1901-2/0. can you help me find anything out

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August 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm
(50) SB says:

I have a doll, it is in good condition, io believe it’s a bisque head doll as the eyes roll back, the mouth is open with teeth visible. The markings on the back of the head say A4H Germany and there is the number 45 on its leg. CAn you tell me any more about this doll please? Thanks

August 26, 2012 at 9:26 am
(51) Pat van Grondelle says:

I have a German Bisque Head doll – with the symbol an unusual crown below a W with a mark like a sycal thro” then the number 120 4/0 below and German printed. What I would like to know the makers name and age. My mother had a specialist remake a leather body and she dressed it in Edwardian clother. With a lovely hair peice.

October 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm
(52) Rebecca says:

I found a porcelain doll that has a fish mark on the back of its neck. Is it old and who made it?

October 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm
(53) alison says:

i have a doll over 100 years old mark on the back of the head says Germany and under that the number 13 it has real hair and eyes that open and close with eye lashes Its 25 ” tall im trying to identify it but not doing to well can you help

October 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm
(54) Kelly says:

(32) Donna says:

I have an antique bisque doll head marked “Germany3″. Can anyone tell me who the maker might be?
Thank you,
Donna M.

I have the same doll. If you see this post I would love to send a picture to confirm

October 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm
(55) Susan says:

there is an antique doll with a 25 in a square and 1 in a triangle and we need to know what that means. does anyone know please help. thanks

October 21, 2012 at 6:53 am
(56) Leigh Anderson says:

I found a small doll head an estate. German bisque, sleep eyes marked Rulh 17/0 germany. Any info would be apreciated. I cant seem to find that name anywhere.

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