Gebrüder Knoch bisque socket head doll, doll mold 193,
glass eyes, single stroke eyebrows, upper and lower painted eye
lashes, open mouth with teeth, jointed composition and wood body.
Founded by the brothers (Gebrüder) Ernst and Christian Knoch in 1877, their
porcelain factory was located at Neustadt near Colburg, Germany.
Early G. Knoch bisque doll heads are not marked,
sometime after 1919 they were purchased by the
Max Oscar Arnold company, who then
marked heads with the GKN crossed bones symbol. Some Gebrüder Knoch doll markings
are; GKN a symbol of crossed bones Made in Germany, a mold number, DEP, Ges N., mold
number, Gesch. size number.
Note the German words; gekreuzte knochen,
translates in English to crossed bones, which gives you a clue as to why
Knoch might choose this symbol for their doll mark.
Gebrüder Knoch bisque doll mark GK
crossed bones symbol, N, Made in Germany, Ges. N. 216 Gesch. 15/0