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Max Handwerck 21", Dolly Face mold #283,

Max Handwerck antique Dolly Face doll mold 283, 21" tall, bisque head doll, wigged, feathered brows, sleep eyes, painted upper and lower eyelashes, open painted mouth with teeth, pierced ears, composition ball jointed body.

Heinrich Vortmann and 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 with a half moon.

They are probably best known for their all porcelain Bébé Elité doll, other registered doll trade names are 1902 Triumph Bébé, 1913 Madame Butterfly and 1922 Handwerck Celebrated Doll.

Max Handwerck also made Elite googly eye dolls.


Max Handwerck antique identifying doll mold numbers

Bébé Elite 283 285 286 297 421


Googly eye dolls 12 or 16" tall; Elite 1, Elite 2, Elite Bellhop, Helmet, Molded Hat or Uncle Sam dolls


Max Handwerck identifying doll marks;

Max Handwerck doll mark Dep. Elite E 2/0

Max Handwerck doll mark Dep 0 Elite T 2/0

Max Handwerck doll mark

Dep 0 Elite T 2/0

Elite Doll Company or unknown German or Max Handwerck

Max Handwerck doll mark

Dep. Elite U.S.1

mark was also found on a British ceramic head by the Elite Doll Company (English)

Max Handwerck Bebe Elite 286/3 Germany

Max Handwerck Bebe Elite 286/3 Germany

Max Handwerck doll mark

Dep. Elite D

M. Handwerck Germany

plus doll mold, doll size number

Max Handwerck doll trademark Marque De Fabrique M. Handwerck Bebe Elite

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