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Cuno & Otto Dressel, Uncle Sam Doll, 13" tall

Cuno & Otto Dressel, portrait Uncle Sam doll 13" tall,  doll mark Germany S 8.

Photo courtesy Lebarn

The Dressel family toy and doll business in Sonneberg, Germany has a long history, it passed from one generation to the next, by 1873 the company was known as the Cuno & Otto Dressel Factory. 

Dressel purchased bisque doll heads from noted manufacturers such as: Simon & Halbig, Ernst Heubach, Gebrüder Heubach, Limbach, Armand Marseille and Schoenau & Hoffmeister, they were also supplied by other small doll factories and home workers.  Dressel's largest American client was Butler Brothers.

Dressel expanded to three factories in which; dolls were produced in Sonneberg, metal toys in Nurnberg and wood toys in Grunhainichen, Germany. 

Over the years Cuno & Otto Dressel produced dolls of bisque, celluloid, china, composition, hard paste, papier mache, wax or wood; Täuflinge or baby, child, lady and portrait dolls. 

See below for Cuno & Otto Dressel doll marks and doll mold numbers

 

1898-1903 Dressel Portrait Character Doll Series, 10-15 1/2" tall, bisque heads with portrait face, glass eyes, composition jointed body.  Some Cuno & Otto Dressel character doll names are;  No. 2736 Admiral George Dewey doll, No. 2736 M. Miles doll, No. 2736 Admiral William Thompson Sampson doll, Admiral Winfield Scott Schley doll, Admiral Charles Dwight Sigsbee doll, No. 2736 President William McKinley doll, Richmond Pearson Hobson doll, Buffalo Bill doll, a Farmer doll, Old Rip doll, Uncle Sam.  All dolls are dressed in their uniforms or appropriate to their character clothing, all bisque heads were supplied by Simon & Halbig.   Dressel Portrait Character doll marks; A, D, R, S letters plus a size number, see below Uncle Sam doll mark; made in Germany S 8.

 

Some Dressel doll trade names: 1903 Fifth Avenue dolls, 1907 Jutta doll molds; 1348, 1349, 1909.  Bambina dolls, 1910 Jutta Baby doll molds; 1912, 1920, 1922. 1912 Poppy Doll (School boy), Superior, Victoria, Holz-Masse (wooden composition) 1926 Sonny or Sunnie a baby doll.  1927 Kissie and Lotte dolls.  The Jutta doll is named for Countess Jutta, a patroness of Sonneberg.

Cuno & Otto Dressel, Jutta Baby, 24", mold 1914

Cuno & Otto Dressel 1910 Jutta Baby Doll, 24" tall, bisque socket head, multi stroke painted eyebrows, painted upper and lower eye lashes, sleep eyes, open mouth with upper teeth.  Composition jointed bent limb baby body, on back of head doll mark Made in Germany, four pointed star, 1914.

Photo courtesy of littlemarz

Cuno & Otto Dressel, Poppy Doll, 14" a schoolboy

Cuno & Otto Dressel 1912 Poppy Doll, a schoolboy, 13-14" tall, bisque shoulder head, molded painted hair, plus some may have flocking, painted single stroke brows, painted upper and lower eye lashes, stationary fixed glass eyes, closed mouth.  Cloth or leather stuffed jointed body with bisque or composition lower arms, cloth or composition lower legs.  Doll is marked with an oval label on his stomach Trade, winged helmet symbol, Mark, Poppy Doll, Germany.  Doll mark on back of head 10/0, probably indicating a size or model.  Bisque flange heads marked 5/0 on all composition jointed bodies have also been found and there may be other sizes or similar markings, too.

 

Some Cuno & Otto Dressel Identifying Doll Marks

 

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark symbol winged helmet ED

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark symbol winged helmet ED

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark symbol winged helmet Holz-masse ED

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark symbol Germany winged helmet 13/0

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark symbol Germany winged helmet 13/0

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark Bambina

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark Bambina in 1909

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark Germany  C 1

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark Germany  C 1

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark oval hole C 2.

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark oval hole C 2.

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark Germany  C 2

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark Germany  C 2

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark C 2

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark Germany  C 3

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark Germany  C 3

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark Germany C 6/0

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark Germany C 6/0

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark COD, CCOD

COD G German doll mark - possibly Cuno & Otto Dressel

COD G German doll mark - possibly Cuno & Otto Dressel

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark AM COD 93 DEP

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark AM COD 93 - 0 - DEP

 

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark COD 93-5 DEP

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark COD 93 - 5 DEP

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark backward E D

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mold 1349 Dressel oval symbol
Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mold 1349 Dressel oval symbol

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark 1469 C & O Dressel Germany

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark 1469 C & O Dressel Germany 

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark 4 PD 1767 a anchor symbol

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark 4 PD 1767 an anchor symbol

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark 1849 Jutta S & H 11

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark 1849 Jutta S & H 11

 

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark 1915 Made in Germany four pointed star 1912

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark

four point star, doll mold 1912

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark oval symbol Jutta 1914 8

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark oval symbol Jutta 1914 8

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark Heubach-Koppelsdorf Jutta-Baby Dressel Germany 1922 10.

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark Heubach-Koppelsdorf Jutta - Baby Dressel Germany 1922 10.

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark Trade helmet symbol Mark Poppy Doll Germany

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark Trade helmet symbol Mark Poppy Doll Germany in 1912

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark Made in Germany S 8.

Cuno & Otto Dressel doll mark made in Germany S 8.

 

Cuno & Otto Dressel Identifying Doll Mold Numbers

93 1348 1349 1468 1469 1776
1848 1849 1893 1896 1898 1912
1914 1920 1922 1924 1925 2736

Limbach doll mold 8679 is a pouty character boy doll attributed to Dressel.

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