Strobel & Wilken
trade mark SW inside a laurel wreath
Strobel Company of Cincinnati, Ohio was founded in 1849 and first
manufactured leather goods. In 1864
George Wilken joined the Strobel
company business which then became known as
STROBEL & WILKEN,
a short time after they began
to distribute toys and many other fancy goods.
In a 1878 advertisement; Strobel & Wilken,
Importers and wholesale dealers in Fancy goods, Druggist, Sundries, Smokers
articles & Toys.
In 1886 a branch office was established in New York City, which soon became Strobel & Wilken's main office.
Strobel & Wilken advertised
Kämmer & Reinhardt
dolls, Alfred Heller Diana
metal head dolls,
Jubilee googly dolls,
Edmund Steiner dolls,
Rollinson dolls, Zaiden dolls, composition Mama dolls marked
STROBEL WILKEN Co
and many others.
Strobel & Wilken is probably best known for the All
bisque dolls marked with their initials SWC. It is unknown to
us when Strobel & Wilken operations ceased after 1930.
Strobel & Wilken SWC Dolls Identified
Strobel & Wilken, All Bisque doll mold
SWC 251, 9" tall
Strobel & Wilken, Peach doll mold 257 SWC,
All Bisque Girl doll 4 1/2"
Strobel & Wilken Doll, 7" tall,
bisque head, fabric covered bisque body, doll mark SWC, mold number
Strobel & Wilken, 7" tall, bisque head doll
with fabric Pillsbury Best XXXX, Minneapolis, Minn. Flour.
right; Pillsbury CA & P Co. fabric back,
with a wheat
sheath symbol beneath.
Strobel & Wilken, All Bisque Doll,
7" doll mark 400 21 SWC
note the 21 is likely a size number
Strobel & Wilken All Bisque Doll,
7" tall, fixed stationary eyes, open mouth with upper teeth, jointed
bisque five piece bent limb baby body, doll mark 400 21 SWC
Note: The doll mark SWC found on small all bisque dolls, we believe was used by the Strobel &
Wilken Company, however, many reference books list the SWC mark as
unidentified, so please use your own judgment. Not to be confused with the German company Walther & Sohn doll mark of intertwined initials
W & S or S & W.
Strobel & Wilken Doll Mold Numbers Identified
123, (163, 165, 172, 173 googly eye dolls), 237, 241, 242, 247, 251, 257, 357, 400,
405 googly, 1500
Strobel & Wilken advertised in 1895 to 1924 and 1930 American Beauty cloth rag dolls
marked with a red label Registered American Beauty.
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