1910 Horsman Peterkin doll
Horsman Dolls 1904-1920s
Edward Imeson Horsman
(E. I. Horsman) opened a toy company in New York city, NY USA (1865-present) and became
a leader in the toy industry. In the early years Horsman imported dolls
from outside the USA, starting in 1904 they distributed "Babyland Rag Dolls"
made of all cloth created by Albert Bruckner. About 1909 they used a new formula to make "Can't break Em" dolls like the Billiken,
a variety of mama and baby composition dolls wearing wigs, molded or painted
hair, sleep or painted eyes. Between 1919-1925
Horsman and Aetna Doll & Toy
In 1930 Horsman
acquired the Amberg doll company, their competitor and
continued to produce some of Amberg's dolls notably the Vanta Baby. In
October 1933 Horsman was purchased and became a subsidiary of the
Doll company, in 1986 the Horsman name
was sold to the Asian company Gata - Gatabox LTD. of Hong Hong, which produced dolls under the Horsman
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1904-1928 Horsman Babyland
Rag Dolls, 13-28" tall, white or black, all cloth with
a simple flat with little detail painted mask face, mitt like hands,
some have mohair sewn to top of head, clothing is removable,
marked: Genuine Babyland Trade Mark or unmarked. Some dolls may
have the copyright date printed on the lower edge of the head plate, PAT'D
JULY 8th 1901, these were made by
Brückner for Horsman.
1907+ Dolls now have lithographed
printed face, these seem to be mostly unmarked, they also made a Topsy Turvy doll,
that has both a white and
black doll face when turned over.
1910-1911 14" tall, Babyland
Baby, Babyland Rag, Babyland Topsy, Babyland Topsy Baby, Topsy
Turvy, Babyland Fancy, and Babyland Boy. 16 1/2" Babyland Beauty,
20" Babyland Dinah or Babyland Lady, Babyland Big Baby, 30"
Babyland Dorothy, Baby and Jackie Robinson. 1911-1912 American Kids in
1904 Babyland Rag Doll 13" distributed by Horsman.
1909 Horsman Billiken doll,
12" tall, "Can't Break Em" composition character head on plush body, marked with a
cloth label. It's believed that 200,000 of
these dolls were sold in the first six months of production and
was a major success for Horsman. In 1995 Gata, Gatabox LTD of Hong Kong reproduced these
dolls in a limited addition.
1909 Billikin doll,
1910-1912 Horsman Baby Bumps doll,
9-18" tall, character doll,
black doll or white doll, "Can't Break Em" composition head, painted facial
features, head modeled after Kämmer & Reinhardt's mold 100), hard
stuffed cloth body and limbs, doll marked: E.I.H. 1911.
The Horsman Baby Bumps Jr doll, (looks similar to
Kestner's mold number 211) was the
smallest size at 9", Big Baby Bumps doll the largest at
18", in 1916 Sandy Bumps doll and Mandy Bumps doll,
came with a shovel & pail.
Black Baby Bumps doll, 14"
Horsman Peterkin doll, 11 or 13" tall, all adtocolite
or later all composition, girls and
boys, for-runners of the Campbell Kid line, cherubic painted
faces, eyes look slightly to the left or right, smiling closed
mouth, molded hair, some dolls have wigs, one piece body and head with jointed arms.
The early Peterkin dolls are unmarked. (Doll shown is probably re dressed. The later dolls have
a composition head and limbs with a cloth body, was marked: EIH,
Inc., came with a variety of different outfits. Also Baby
Peterkin doll of the Nature Babies dolls, Betsey Peterkin doll,
Dimples doll, Fifi a super grade Petekin doll, Little Peterkin doll, Tommy Peterkin doll and Willie Peterkin
Fulper Pottery Company made an all bisque Peterkin doll in 1919.
1915 Horsman Betsey Peterkin doll 12"
Campbell Kid, 10" unmarked
1910-1928 Horsman Campbell
Kid doll, 9 1/2-16" tall, based on artist Grace Gebbie
Wiederseim Drayton illustrations, sculpted and designed by
Helen Trowbridge. Early dolls have a composition head,
cloth stuffed with cork body, jointed at arms and hips, most
have side glancing, black painted eyes shaped like a heart on
it's side, dolls are unmarked.
Horsman lost the licensing for the Campbell kid dolls to the American
company, after WWII they re-acquired the rights
again to produce the authorized Campbell Kid dolls ca. 1948.
All composition jointed body, molded painted hair, side
glancing painted eyes, painted on shoes
and socks. Dolls are unmarked.
Horsman Campbell Kid doll 12"
molded shoes, unmarked
1910 Horsman Little Nemo doll,
15" tall, composition head & short arms, cloth stuffed body with
inside disks for limb joints, molded painted hair, painted eyes,
closed mouth, marked: E.I.H. © 1910. Little Nemo is a
comic character created by Windsor McCay for the New York
Herald on October 15, 1905.
1910 Little Nemo
1911 Horsman Cotton Joe doll,
character dolls, 10 or 14" tall, "Can't Break Em" composition
brown head with painted features, hard
stuffed cloth tan body, olive cloth legs, doll marked: E.I.H.
1911. Came wearing a red or striped shirt with
brown or khaki suspender pants, some may have had a straw
hat. He was one of the original American Kids in Toyland
Some other Can't Break Em dolls
were; 1919 Little Mary Mix-Up
15" or 18" and
1917 Uncle Sam's Kids; Miss Sam doll, Master Sam doll, 15-15 1/2"
Cotton Joe doll 14"
Horsman Puppy Pippin
doll & Horsman Pussy Pippin doll, 8" tall, composition head with a
plush stuffed body, Grace G. Drayton designed, marked: Copyright
1911 E I Horsman Co. on a cloth label sewn on their tummy.
Puppy Pippin, 8"
1915 Horsman Baby Darling, six sizes available, composition and cloth
1924-1930s Horsman Baby Darling doll,
16-25" tall, composition head with lightly molded painted blond
hair, brown sleep eyes with painted upper and lower lashes, open red painted mouth
with two upper and lower teeth, cloth baby body some may have a tummy Mama
composition arms with wide spread apart fingers on hands, composition
legs to above the knee, doll is unmarked. This head mold was used by other doll
manufacturers as well, including Averill. An Effanbee Lovums competitor
Photo courtesy of littlemarz.
Darling doll, 25"
1915-1918 Horsman Blink doll, 14" tall, comic characters based on Gene Carr's New York
World comic strip, "Lady Bountiful". Dolls were
designed by Bernard Lipfert and have round faces and exaggerated
features; all 14" tall; other Horsman Gene Carr Kids; Skinny doll, Lizzy
doll, Mike doll, Jane doll,
Snowball doll and Smoke doll (last two are both black dolls).
Blink and Mike also
came dressed as Carnival Kids in Pierrot type clown
outfits. Blink wore a orange and black clown outfit and Mike
came in a blue and white one. (doll is shown re-dressed).
Carnivale Kid 14"
Blink in pierrot clown outfit
1915 Horsman Boy doll, 15" tall, copy of
K & R bisque head doll mold
115 with a pouty mouth (boy or girl), which is also similar to Käthe Kruse's 1912 Fiammingo head mold, flared composition head and short arms, cloth stuffed
body, upper arms and straight legs with inside disks at hip joints, molded painted hair, painted
brown eyes, closed mouth. Doll is unmarked.
See also Effanbee's
Billy Boy Doll 1912-1915, with a similar Fiammingo head mold, with blue
1912 Boy doll, 17" tall,
1912 Fiammingo head
mold, with a closed mouth
Horsman Child Doll, 16"
tall + other sizes, all composition socket head, sleep eyes, wigged, closed
mouth, composition ball jointed body with slanted hips (see next doll for body
redressed. Doll mark E.I.H. Co. on both head and body. See next
boll who is very similar except the heads are made of bisque.
Child doll, 16"
Horsman Bisque Socket head dolls, heads were made for Horsman first by
(1919-1920) Fulper Pottery, then (1920-1921) Nippon a Japan manufacturer. Composition
ball jointed body usually with the Horsman marking: E. I. H Co. on the back.
Heads are marked with the manufacturer's marking, some plus a Horsman mark,
too. Johann Martin Stangl's (MS) initials are sometimes above the
Fulper vertical marking + Made in USA., some mold numbers used
are: H 1, H 4, 2 B and others. The Nippon bisque head dolls
are marked: Horsman + Nippon + mold number, B 6, B 7, B 9
or just numbers, 1, 2, 3 etc.
MS Fulper marked bisque head doll, 16", toddler body Horsman
1921 Horsman Jackie Coogan doll,
14" tall, composition and cloth, Jackie was a child
actor from the Charlie Chaplin film "The Kid"
in 1921, there were two dolls; the first one used a
generic molded doll head that was used on many other dolls, then
a second head was sculpted specifically for the doll by Helen
Trowbridge with a likeness of the child actor and wore a pageboy
Both dolls are dressed in a turtleneck sweater, long pants
with suspenders, checked cap and button that said
"Horsman Jackie Coogan Kid Patented".
1921 Jackie Coogan,
Horsman Baby Horsman
14, 20 & 24" tall, designed by Edith Hitchcock,
composition flange head & hands with loosely stuffed cloth
body and limbs, disk jointed shoulders, hip joints are stitched,
molded painted hair & facial features (they largest size has
painted eyes, the smaller two have sleep eyes), and closed
mouth. Was meant to portray a real life baby and even has
dimpled hands. All are marked: E.I. © H. Co.
Baby Horsman doll, 24"
1924+ Horsman Bunny Tots dolls,
6" tall, all bisque, one piece doll with sculpted bunny
hood and pink lined bunny ears, a blond tuft of hair at the
forehead, painted side glancing eyes, closed pouty mouth and
painted purple shoes and white socks. Marked on foot: Germany
Bunny Tots trademark. Paper label on chest: Copyright
by the E.I. Horsman Co.
Adventures" was the name of a character that
appeared in the Washington Post in an illustrated column on
Sundays in 1924 and became part of a series of books published
by author/illustrator and creator Edward G. McCandlish
in 1926 and republished in 1928.
Photo courtesy of Kothera and Thank You to Don
Jensen for identifying the doll!
1924+ Bunny Tots doll, 6"
Horsman Tynie Baby doll, 6-9" tall, all bisque with painted facial features, larger dolls 15-21"
tall, have composition flange heads and full arms or just the hands, with a cloth
body some may have Mama squeakers in tummy, with painted or tin sleep eyes,
closed mouth, scowling like face, designed by Bernard Lipfert. A Bye Lo Baby like
All bisque small doll mark: © 1924 E.I.
HORSMAN Inc. Made in Germany.
Composition and cloth larger doll mark © 1924,
E.I.H. Co. Inc. or unmarked.
1924 Tynie Baby
1926 Horsman HEbee doll, SHEbee
doll, all composition 7 & 11" tall or 4-9" tall, all
bisque, painted facial features, both have a molded white painted
chemise, girls have pink shoes
and boys have blue shoes each with a metal loop on shoe for a bow.
These character dolls were
designed by Charles H. Twelvetrees a cartoonist &
illustrator, from his "Twelvetrees Kids" featured in
the Pictorial Review and newspapers throughout the USA during
the prior decade.
The HEbee shown
are both jointed at the shoulder, all composition, HEbee is
9" tall with blue shoes and the SHEbee is 7" tall with
pink shoes with bow loops. Dolls are unmarked but
had a paper tag on bottom of foot: Trademark Charles Twelvetrees Copyrighted
1925. Photo courtesy of
& SHEbee all bisque dolls were reproduced by
Horsman and artists modern reproduction dolls can be easily
found at flea markets and auctions.
HEbee & SHEbee dolls
Horsman Baby Dimples doll, 16-18
& 22-24" tall, composition flange head & partial
composition limbs on a cloth body, molded painted hair, sleep
eyes, open smiling mouth, marked: E.I.H.
© CO. INC. Doll shown unclothed on left is 16" tall.
Doll shown clothed on right
is pristine and all original, right down to her shoes. Photo courtesy of
1928 Baby Dimples doll
1928 Horsman Ella Cinders doll,
18" tall, comic character by Bill Conselman & Charlie
Plumb, has a composition head with round
painted eyes, freckles beneath the eyes, open/closed mouth,
cloth body. Had at least four different costumes, shown is
the pink and white checked cotton dress with black sash and
white apron. Marked: © 1925 M.N.S.
Gata, Gatabox LTD of Hong Kong, reproduced this doll in
1988 after they acquired the Horsman name, reproductions were
limited to 2,000 - 3,000 dolls.
1928 Ella Cinders doll,
dolls, various sizes, composition shoulder heads with
composition limbs and cloth body, criers,
including Baby dolls: Horsman Brother doll & Horsman Sister doll, 12-14
tall and Girl dolls: Horsman Peggy Ann doll & Dolly Rosebud, 14-16 or
22-24" tall. The Dolly Rosebud doll has her name in the
mold on the back of her neck.
1928 Horsman Dolly Rosebud
1928 Horsman Mama doll, 20" tall, composition shoulder head, arms &
lower legs, cloth stuffed body, stitched hip joints, multi stroke
painted eyebrows, grey tin sleep eyes, real upper lashes, painted
lower lashes, open mouth with two teeth & celluloid tongue, mohair
wig, marked on shoulder plate: E.I. © H. Co., E.I. Horsman,
1928 Mama doll, 20"
1929 Horsman Boots doll, 14" tall, Patsy type look a like, all composition socket head with jointed body, some have a body
twist waist, molded painted hair,
large painted brown eyes, dolls are unmarked.
Note: This doll face
mold was also sold by: the Maxine Doll Co. who named their
doll Mitzi and is marked on her back and
named her dolls; Jimmie a boy and Dimmie a girl, both dolls are unmarked.
1929 Boots doll, 14"
1929-1930 Horsman Peggy
Junior, Peggy, Peggy Ann dolls, 12-20" tall,
composition doll, molded lightly painted hair with a pin hole or metal loop for a
ribbon, has a right bent arm, fully jointed, painted or
sleep eyes. All Peggy dolls are from the Amberg
acquired doll molds.
The 12" tall, Horsman Peggy
Junior doll is all composition and is marked: IT.
14" tall, Horsman Peggy doll is all composition with a body twist waist and
is marked: Amberg, Pat. Pend., L. A.
& S. © 1928.
The 20" tall, Horsman Peggy Ann doll has a
composition shoulder plate head on a cloth body and is unmarked.
Peggy Jr. doll 12"