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1900-1913 Borgfeldt Dolly Face doll, 24"

 

1900-1913 Borgfeldt Dolly Face doll, 12-36" tall, bisque socket or shoulder head doll with kid, cloth or composition body.  Bisque doll face shown is on a 24" tall composition jointed body, open mouth with teeth, sleep eyes, beautiful braided coiled wig.

George Borgfeldt & Company was located in New York City USA and founded by George Borgfeldt (b.1833 - d.1903), Marcell and Joseph L. Kahle, as a doll importer, doll assembler for American and Canadian markets and a doll distributor. 

 

Borgfeldt held the distributing rights to many dolls from European manufacturers such as: Bähr & Pröschild, Buschow & Beck and Karl Standfuss, Heinrich Handwerck, Käthe KruseKammer & Reinhardt, JD Kestner, Armand Marseille and Steiff, plus others.

 

Borgfeldt bisque doll heads were made for them by several German doll makers; Alt, Beck & Gottschalck, Kling & Co., Armand Marseille, Max Schelhorn and Simon & Halbig

 

Borgfeldt also distributed American made dolls for; Aetna, Averill, Bergfeld & Son, W. Bimblick & Co, Dreamland Doll, Cameo, K & K or K and K Toy Company (also owned by Borgfeldt), Metal Doll Company, Tip Top Toy and many other USA doll makers.

Other Borgfeldt distributed Dolly faced, dolls have their name in the marking:  Alma doll, Florodora doll, G. B. doll, My Dearie doll, My Girlie doll, My Playmates doll and Pansy, II, III, IV doll.  Some of these names are known dolls made by Armand Marseille.  My Girlie doll mold 1362 is by ABG, Alt, Beck & Gottschalck.

Some dolls distributed by Borgfeldt may have a G. B. or GB & Co in their marking, others will not and have only the marking from the manufacturer.  Borgfeldt is best known for commissioning and distributing the very successful Rosie O'Neill, Kewpie dolls and Grace Storey Putnam, Bye-Lo Baby dolls.

Borgfeldt antique to vintage dolls identified

Items shown below are for reference

1909+ Character Doll, Kämmer & Reinhardt Baby doll, or Kaiser Baby doll, 11-20" tall, bisque socket head, composition jointed bent limb baby body, molded painted hair, painted eyes, open/closed mouth.  The 100 doll mold, Kaiser Baby dolls also came with glass eyes and were also distributed in the United States through Strobel & Wilken.   Photos courtesy of littlemarz

K & R Baby doll mark 28 K * R 100

K & R Kaiser Baby doll, 11" doll mold 100

K & R Kaiser Baby doll mold 100, 11"

Borgfeldt Character Baby Doll, 12-24" tall, bisque socket head composition bent limb body, glass sleep or painted eyes, open or closed mouth, wigged.  Some doll mold numbers and markings are: 251, 326, 327, 329, G. B.

Borgfeldt Character Baby doll mold 215, 11"

Character Baby Doll mold 251, 11"

1922+ Bye-Lo Baby, 9-20" tall, all bisque doll, bisque and  composition, celluloid or wooden head with cloth body, sleep eyes or painted eyes.  Designed by Grace Storey Putnam, based on a three day old newborn child.  Several different markings depending on manufacturer; Copr. by Grace S Putnam Germany 1415/48, © 1923 by Grace S. Putnam Made in Germany or 20-10 Copr. by Grace S. Putnam Germany or BYE-LO BABY Reg. US Pat. Off. K and K Copyright 1922 by Grace Storey Putnam (all inside a circle).

Bye-Lo Baby doll bisque heads were made by Alt, Beck & Gottschalck (doll molds 1369, 1373), JD Kestner, Kling & Co., Hertel, Schwab & Co, composition heads by Cameo, celluloid heads by Karl Standfuss, wood heads by Schoenhut, all bisque dolls made by Kestner, cloth body dolls made by K & K or K and K Toy Co., composition body dolls made by König & Wernicke.

Borgfeldt Bye-Lo Baby doll by Grace Putnam

1922 Bye-Lo Baby doll bisque head

by Grace Storey Putnam

1925 Borgfeldt Baby Bo Kaye doll, 16-20" tall, designed by Joseph L. Kallus of Cameo for George Borgfeldt, bisque head by Alt, Beck & Gottschalck, or celluloid head, lightly molded painted hair, sleep eyes, open mouth with two lower teeth, cloth body with composition limbs. The bisque head ABG doll mold 1407.  Doll mark: Copr. by J.L. Kallus Germany 1394.  There were also small all bisque Baby Bo Kaye dolls , 5-8 1/2" tall, with ABG doll mold 1407.

The theory of the Baby Bo-Kaye doll name is that when the President of Borgfeldt and designer Kallus were trying to arrive at a name, a secretary came in carrying a "bouquet" of flowers, cute.

Borgfeldt 1925 Baby Bo-Kaye doll bisque head ABG

1925 Cameo Baby Bo Kaye doll,

18" bisque doll head by ABG

1926 Bonnie Babe, 8-23" tall, bisque or celluloid head, open smiling mouth with two lower teeth, cloth or composition body, ABG doll mold 1386,  1402.  Bisque heads were made by ABG; Alt, Beck & Gottschalck.  Doll Marking: Copr. by Georgene Averill Germany 1005 3652 1386. (Borgfeldt was the distributor for Averill).  There were also tiny 5-7" all bisque Bonnie Babe figurine dolls.

Borgfeldt 1926 Bonnie Babe doll bisque head by ABG

1926 Bonnie Babe doll,

18" bisque head by ABG

Gladdie doll Copyriht By Helen W. Jensen Germany doll mark1929 Borgfeldt Gladdie doll, 18-24" tall, designed by Helen W. Jensen, doll shown is 22" tall, biscaloid (composition that looks like bisque) head with molded painted hair, blue glassene set eyes, open smiling mouth with upper teeth, cloth body with composition limbs.  Some doll markings are: Gladdie Copyriht By Helen W. Jensen Germany.

Borgfeldt 1929 Gladdie doll biscaloid head  by H. Jensen

1929 Gladdie doll, 22"

biscaloid head by Helen W. Jensen

1929 Borgfeldt Gladdie doll, 18-24" tall, designed by Helen W. Jensen, this is the bisque head version of Gladdie; bisque flange head with molded painted hair, glassene set eyes, open smiling mouth with upper teeth, cloth body with composition limbs. Bisque head doll mold 1410 by ABG.  Doll mark Gladdie.

Borgfeldt 1929 Gladdie doll bisque head by H. Jensen

1929 Gladdie doll, 18"

bisque doll head by Jensen

1931 Borgfeldt Babykins doll designed by Grace S. Putnam, 17" tall, bisque flange head with lightly painted molded hair, single stroke brows, painted upper and lower eyelashes, blue sleep eyes, very full closed mouth with prominent lips, cloth body arms and upper legs, composition hands and lower legs, doll mark Babykins Copr. by Grace S. Putnam Made in Germany 1435.  This is the hardest to find and a rare Grace S. Putnam doll.

 

ABG -  Alt, Beck Gottschalck is a likely supplier of doll mold 1435

1931 Babykins doll, 17" by Grace Putnam

1931 Babykins doll, 17" by Grace S. Putnam

 

Additional Borgfeldt dolls not shown with dates

1892-1895 Annie Laurie doll 

1894 Minerva metal head dolls

1895 Celebrate Doll           

1898 The International Doll

1899 Aunt Sally doll, Uwanta doll

1900 Alma doll Marseille   

1901 Florodora doll Marseille

1902 Xtra doll

1903 All Steel Doll, Fairyland Ragdolls, My Playmates

1904 Juno dolls   1905 Dreamland Rag dolls, Tootsie

1906 Kidlyne doll, Tootsie doll

1907 Baby Belle doll, Fluffy Ruffles doll, My Dearie doll

1908  Pretty Peggy doll composition

1909 Aetna's Can't Break-Em dolls, Alida Dutch Steiff doll, Irvington doll, Commander Lieutenant Peary doll.

1911 Little Bright Eyes doll

1912  My Girlie doll mold 1362 ABG, Tiny Tots 10, 16"

1913 Dotty doll, Happifat doll, Prize Baby doll, Cubist doll, Peero doll, Jolly Kids doll, Butterfly doll, Carrie, Willy doll, Kewpie doll by Tip Top Toy.

1914 Blue Bird doll clothes, Nobbi-Kid doll, Oh You Kid doll, September Morn doll Drayton, Mama's Angel Child doll, Bettijak doll, Little Miss Sunshine doll, Little Sister doll, Tommy Atkins doll.

1915 Rastus doll, Peakies doll, Skating Charlotte doll,

Skookum doll, Knock About dolls.

1916 Bedtime Baby doll, Bundie doll Rex, K & K dolls

1917  Preshus doll, Em-Boss-O doll, Hollikid doll,

Rosy-Posy doll by Elektra

1918 Snow White doll by American Toy

1919 Miss Yankee doll, Splash-Me doll, Poutie doll, Tiss-Me doll, Tumble-Bo doll, Winkie doll.

1920 Bo Fair doll, Bundie doll Mutual, Com-A-Long doll,

 Flossie Fisher's Doll, Lotta-Sun doll, Tumble-Bo doll

1921 Jackie Coogan doll, Teenie Weenie doll by Amberg, Vanitie doll by Metro.

1922 Betsy doll, Mimi doll, Reg'lar Fellers doll by Gene Barnes, Sugar Plum doll, Teenie Weenie doll, The Skipper doll, Vivi doll by Orsini.

1923 Averill dolls, Bedtime doll, Happy Hooligan doll, Daisy doll, Nifty doll, Peter Rabbit Acrobat doll, Powerful Katrinka doll, Rose Marie doll by K & R.

1924 Bringing Up Father doll, Buttercup doll, Felix the Cat doll, Whatsamatter doll.

1925 Koko doll, Little Annie Rooney doll, Babes in the Woods dolls, Jack and Jill Story Book dolls by Sol Bergfeld, Jackie Coogan Ragman doll, Just Me by Marseille.

1926 Baby Smiles doll, Buttercup doll, Featherweight doll, Hi-Way Henry doll, Lillie doll, Paddy Potato doll, Rolly-I-Tot doll.

1927 Bonton doll, Boob Mcnutt doll, Dottie Darling doll, Jolly Jester doll, Princess Darling doll, Rag or Tag dog & cat figurines Averill doll mold 890, Snowflake doll, Virginia - Ginny for short doll by Oscar Hitt doll mold 1403

1928 Bonzo the dog (by Cameo), Fly-Lo Baby doll or Aero Baby doll mold 1418, Mignonne doll, Minnie Spinach doll, Sugar Plum doll, Tommy Turnip doll, Charlie Carrot doll.

1931 Mary Ann doll, Mary Jane doll

 

Additional Borgfeldt dolls not shown, dates unknown

1919 Poutie and Winkie are figurines by Jeno Juszko, Mammy doll by Tony Sarg, Aunt Dinah doll by Sol Bergfeld,

Butterick fashion Manikin doll, Bye Bye Kids doll, Dry Climate doll, Lassie doll and Pauline doll.

 

Borgfeldt Doll Mold Numbers Identified

250 251 253 326 327 328 329 1362 1369 1373
1386 1391 1394 1402 1403 1407 1410 1418 1435 1923

 

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