Max Handwerck Dolls 1899-1930
Max Handwerck began their doll making business in 1899, located
in Waltershausen, Thuringia, Germany.
Mr. Vortmann left the
business in 1902, sometime after Max passed away, thus his widow
Anna was left the sole owner of the company. Max designed
the bisque doll heads, however many of them were actually produced by
William Goebel, thus they may bear the Goebel trademark of a triangle
inside a half moon.
They are probably best
known for their Bébé Elité doll, a character baby doll with a bisque
head and composition ball jointed body. Another registered doll
trade name in 1913 is Madame Butterfly.
Max Handwerck also made Dolly
faced dolls with composition ball jointed bodies.
Handwerck 21", antique Dolly Face doll mold 283, bisque head doll,
wigged, feathered brows, sleep
eyes, painted upper and lower eyelashes, open painted mouth with teeth, pierced ears, composition
ball jointed body.