This tiny German Character Doll measures about 9″ high.  He needs some clothes, or a diaper at the least!

This baby boy doll was made by the German firm, Hertel & Schwab around 1910-1920.  According to the website,

“Hertel, Schwab & Company was founded by August Hertel & Heinrich Schwab both doll designers & a minor partner Hugo Rosenbush who was a porcelain painter.  They were also know as the Stutzhauser Porzellanfabrik. Some dolls were made exclusively for the American/U.S.A. market; Bye-Lo Baby for George Borgfeldt, Our Baby & Our Fairy for Louis Wolf, Jubilee Dolls for Strobel & Wilken.  They also produced bisque heads for other German doll firms; Kley & Hahn, Koenig & Wernicke, and possible others.  They made Character Baby, Character Child & Dolly Face dolls, all of which are very good quality.”

Like the “Bonnie Babe” doll from an earlier post, he is a German character doll meaning his features were molded to resemble those of a real baby.  He has painted features including lovely brown eyes which are quite rare for a bisque baby doll.

The doll is marked on the back of his head with mold #142.  For those of you not familiar with antique dolls, a mold number is the number used to identify the original mold the doll’s head was fired from.  Today’s doll collectors use these mold numbers to help figure out which company originally manufactured the doll.  Some doll companies used their name, initials, or a recognizable symbol as part of the mold – others  just used numbers or a simple phrase describing country of origin like “made in Germany.”

When I was doing research for this post, I came across an interesting tidbit of information.  It seems like the Hertel & Schwab doll company closed in 1890 and reopened in 1910.  Does anyone know why the company shut down for twenty years?

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2 comments so far

1.  kelia
April 7th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I have a set of 4 tiny dolls which have stickers on their clothes saying M. Hertel 1985. They are about 2 or 3 inches tall with 2 little girls, a little boy and a baby all dressed in turn of the century type clothes. Do you happen to know anything that might tell me where they came from? Thank you for anything you can tell me.

2.  admin
April 12th, 2011 at 2:18 am

Hello Kelia,

I apologize for the late response. I’d probably have to see a picture of them to tell you more. If they’re from 1985, they’re not antique, of course!


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