Hermann Steiner of Sonneberg and Neustadt,
Germany and in Bavaria, entered the doll market at the end of the German bisque doll era and began producing
dolls around 1920. They are probably best know for their character baby
or infant dolls, which were the doll of choice, at that time. A
1921 registered trademark is My Pearl doll. Hermann Steiner appears
to have supplied dolls to M. Kohnstam &
Company, as the MOKO
mark plus the HS Steiner mark have been found. H. Steiner's London agent
was Boult, Wade & Tennant and in the USA the distributor was Roth,
Baitz & Lipsitz.
In 1926 the new company name was Porzellanfabrik Hermann Steiner.
H. Steiner produced
bisque, composition and celluloid doll heads; with painted or glass eyes, molded hair or wigged, a
body of cloth, kid or composition.
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Antique Hermann Steiner Dolls Identified
1920+ Hermann Steiner Character Baby
Bye-Lo Baby doll type look a like, 8-16" tall, bisque head with flange
neck, painted or glass eyes,
solid dome head with molded painted hair or wigged, closed or open mouth,
cloth or jointed composition body, bisque or composition hands, usually marked:
Germany, 240, 246, 401.
This infant character doll was also made with a composition head
Mold number 947 is a composition head doll with googly
disk eyes, closed smiling mouth, on a all cloth jointed body, usually marked DRGM 95464 HS Germany 947.
Character Baby doll,
Bye-Lo baby type 10", painted eyes
1920+ Hermann Steiner Pierrot Clown
Baby doll, 8" tall, bisque socket head, painted eyes and face, mohair wig,
jointed composition body, he's wearing a tall green hat that would have
complemented his clown costume (we had to crop his hat in order to get the photo
to fit this page, sorry baby clown doll).
Doll marked: Herm Steiner 16/0.
1920+ Pierrot Clown Baby
1920+ Hermann Steiner Dolly face doll,
10-22" tall, bisque socket head, glass eyes, open mouth, wigged,
jointed composition body,
doll usually marked:
H S Germany or
Also, Tessie, doll mark, HS a size number, Moko Bavaria or
Tessie Germany a size number, for the Moses Kohnstam Company.