Hi fellow doll collectors! This is the first group I have joined. I been collecting dolls for awhile. My latest doll is new to me! I wonder if anyone here knows who made her. She has no markings and her hair is real. Let me know if anyone knows who she is!!!!
Hi. Welcome to the group! Your pretty doll is German, early 1900s and resembles a Cuno Otto Dressel or, possibly, Heubach or similar maker. I feel very sure that she has manufacturer marks incised on the back shoulder-plate under the kid leather. You can gently loosen the leather by inserting a utility knife between it and the bisque plate. There may be some tearing of the kid but this will allow you to definitively identify your doll. She was made after import regulations were passed that required the country of origin to be marked on the doll so would not be unmarked. Let us know!
Hi. Either the marks are at the lower edge of the shoulder-plate (likely) or they are very faint from an over-used mold. Please tell us if you find anything.
Thank you! So, I did as instructed however there is no marking! Could this be a fake? Lol
Hi again. Well, I must say I'm surprised! Perhaps another member has an idea (?).
Can you remove the wig (and pate if there is one) to post a picture of the inside of the head?
Hi. Kestner used plaster pates but a few other companies did as well (and she doesn't appear to be a Kestner). The other characteristics are common to many, many dolls. (And I do believe that if you were to look inside her head, you would see that the ears are molded in, not applied.) So I think you'll just have to identify her as a turn-of-the century German doll.
So glad you joined our group!
it looks like she has open mouth and teeth also? I would say she is German also!