Strobel & Wilken Dolls 1864-1930
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,
they also began
to distribute toys and many other fancy goods. After the Civil War when trade was resumed with Europe, they
also distributed and imported, mostly German made bisque head dolls. In
1886 a branch office was established in New York City, which soon became Strobel & Wilken's main office.
Antique dolls identified, imported and sold by
the Strobel & Wilken Company
1909+ Character Doll, Kämmer & Reinhardt Baby doll, or
Kaiser Baby, 11-20" tall, bisque socket head,
composition jointed bent limb baby body, molded
painted hair, painted eyes, open/closed mouth. The 100 doll mold,
Kaiser Baby dolls also came with glass eyes and were also distributed in the
United States by George
Photos courtesy of Little Marz
K & R Baby doll mark 28 K * R 100
K & R Kaiser Baby doll mold 100, 11" tall
Strobel & Wilken, All Bisque doll,
marked SWC 251, 9" tall
Strobel & Wilken, All Bisque Girl doll,
marked SWC 325,
4 1/2" tall
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
Strobel & Wilken All Bisque Doll,
7" tall, fixed stationary eyes, open mouth with upper teeth, jointed
bisque five piece bent limb baby body, doll marked SWC 400
More STROBEL & WILKEN - SWC mark - doll
identifying mold numbers:
123 237 251 257 357 400
Additional information and antique dolls not shown
1895-1924 American Beauty cloth rag dolls.
1897 used a mark of S W & Co. Carlsbad on pottery,
possibly from the factory of Bawo & Dotter in Carlsbad Germany.
We believe Strobel & Wilken also used the doll
mark SWC found on many small, all bisque dolls.
1903 US registered the name Royal doll, for
Kämmer & Reinhardt's line,
sold Alfred Heller's metal head Diana dolls.
1906 advertised American
Beauty rag dolls with photographic colored faces named; Darling dolls, Wonderland
dolls, American Fashion dolls dressed.
1908 sold Kämmer & Reinhardt's Royal doll line including The Flirt Doll, whose sleep eyes also moved side to side.
1909 advertised K & R Royal doll line; K & R
Kaiser Baby doll,
Hertel, Schwab & Co bisque doll heads in the
Jubilee doll line, Character dolls; Commander Robert E. Peary doll, Dr.
Frederick A. Cook doll, North Pole expedition dolls. 1909 Kämpfe &
Heubach cloth body and cloth or celluloid face Alice doll.
1911 distributed dolls for
Ideal Doll & Toys and Kämpfe
Heubach, also known as the
1913 advertised Aluminia doll metal heads,
distributed cloth Käthe Kruse dolls.
1914 registered Brighto doll, Arabesque doll, Our Pride Kidette
Peach doll and Nemo doll.
1914-1915 advertised American Beauty dolls with kid
body, bisque heads by Edmund U. Steiner with mark of
1915 advertised cloth character dolls Susie's Sister doll, Tootsie doll,
Character Baby dolls Käthe Kruse look a like dolls made in the
USA by American Art Dolls controlled by Strobel & Wilken.
1916 distributed Zaiden dolls, Utlely's
Rollinson dolls and American Art cloth dolls; Ulrich doll, Buddy doll and
1917 advertised Cuddlekins dolls.
1918 distributed American Toy & Mfg Company Snow White
ca. 1920s or 1930s sold composition shoulder head, Mama dolls, marked on
neck STROBEL WILKEN Co.
1926-1930 distributed W. Bimblick & Co wood
segmented dolls, line of Joy Doll Family dolls.
1930 advertised their line of American Beauty cloth
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Note: The doll mark SWC
found on small all bisque dolls, we believe was used by the Strobel &
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.