Hertwig & Company
produced porcelain dolls and figurines at their factory in the
Thuringia area of Germany from about 1864 to 1941. Hertwig purchased the Marienfeld
Porzellanfabrik in 1903. Hertwig is
best known for their all bisque Snow Babies and Nanking Dolls with
bisque heads and limbs and cotton (nanking) cloth stuffed
bodies. Also, exclusive to the American market were the Pet Name
China head dolls made by Hertwig.
Other antique Hertwig dolls can be; All bisque dolls,
Animals; Bears, Monkey, Rabbits and more, Bathing Beauties, Character dolls, Doll house dolls, Kewpies, Nodders, Pet Name
China head dolls, Piano Babies, 1901 Snow Babies, bisque shoulder head
dolls with molded bonnets; Margueritas,
Half Bisque dolls
Hertwig all bisque animals figures; shown on left;
all bisque Hertwig Monkey and on right; all bisque Hertwig Rabbit,
each about 2" tall.
Antique Hertwig Dolls
Items shown below are for reference
All Bisque, Dolls with
molded clothing, Boys or Girls, various small sizes, jointed at
shoulders and sometimes hips, painted hair and facial
features, molded painted detailed clothing, doll marked: Germany or
All Bisque, Girl with Flowers in her
hair, small sizes vary, jointed only at the shoulders,
painted facial features, painted hair and flower head band, no
clothing other than her painted molded shoes and socks, doll
mark Germany or unmarked.
Left; All Bisque
molded clothing, On Right; Girl with Flowers in her Hair
Shoulder Head, 8 - 12" tall, bisque shoulder head with
cloth body, bisque limbs, molded hair, closed mouth.
Hertwig doll mold numbers: 104, 150, 175, 385, 386,
Germany or unmarked.
1895+ Pet Name China
Head Doll, various sizes, made only for the American
market, bisque shoulder head, cloth body, bisque lower limbs,
molded painted hair & facial features, painted boots.
Could also have been made by Closter Veilsdorf. Dolls are marked with their name printed in gold on front, names are:
Bertha, Daisy, Dorothy, Edith, Ethel, Florence, Helen, Mabel, Marion,
Pauline and Ruth. Doll mark on back
Patent Appd For Germany.
Pet Name China Head
Nanking Doll, various
sizes, bisque head and limbs with cotton (nanking) cloth stuffed
body, molded painted hair, doll mark Germany or
Shown on right; Pet Name, Dorothy
China shoulder head doll with nanking (cotton) cloth alphabet
printed body, China lower arms and lower legs with tiny boots.
Doll marked as noted above.
Butler Brothers advertised
that they owned the molds to make the Our Pet named China
heads and complete dolls on ABC alphabet cloth bodies, dolls are marked
Patent Appd for Germany. with their name
Note: Closter (Kloster) Veilsdorf
Porzellanfabrik also made the Pet Name China heads for Butler, although, it's
unknown exactly which name molds were made by them.
doll, with alphabet printed body
Hertwig identifying doll marks:
Buster Brown Shoes (not shown),
Hevika (Hewika), Germany K,
a symbol of a House with an
initial or a cat inside.
In 1929 Hertwig registered
Biscoloid as a
Hertwig identified doll mold numbers:
104, 150, 173.5, 175, 205, 206, 209, 210, 213, 214, 215, 217, 320, 330, 3535,
354, 355, 383, 384, 385, 386, 392, 414, 429, 581, 582, 583, 600, 601, 603, 616,
617, 648, 649, 651, 656, 648 - 686 Hewika dolls, 751, 810, 811, 1421
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