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Wagner & Zetzsche Doll, 12" tall

Antique Wagner & Zetzsche Doll, 12" tall, bisque head, composition jointed body, sleep eyes, single stroke eyebrows, painted lashes, open mouth, mohair wig.  See below for doll markings.

Richard Wagner and Richard Zetzsche founded their doll company in 1875 located in Illmenau, Thuringia, Germany. 

Mr. Wagner was the business manger while Mr. Zetzsche was the artist and sculptor, he even used his four grandchildren; Harald, Hansi, Inge and Barbele as models for his dolls. 

They made dolls with cloth bodies, leather, imitation leather, papier mache and a composition like material called Haralit, used on the Haralit Art Dolls of the grandchildren in 1916.

Bisque heads were supplied by ABG - Alt, Beck & Gottschalck, Gebrüder Heubach, Armand Marseille and probably others. 

Besides dolls, Wagner & Zetzsche also made numerous accessories; shoes, stockings, wigs and more for dolls.

The Wagner & Zetzsche doll marks of intertwined WZ or ZW is a very elaborate, scrolled marking, rather difficult to decipher, see below for the doll mark photos.

Wagner & Zetzsche identifying doll mold numbers and doll marks

639 698 10585 10586 WAG WAG WMZ WuZ W.Z.I.

(possibly)

W.Z.J.

WZ

ZW

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1 Hansi

W. Z.

1 Harald

 W. Z.

Inge

 W. Z.

Barbele

 W. Z.

 

Wagner & Zetzsche scroll doll mark

Wagner & Zetzsche doll mark

Wagner & Zetzsche elaborate intertwined initials doll mark

Wagner & Zetzsche doll mark

Wagner & Zetzsche elaborate intertwined initials doll mark

Wagner & Zetzsche doll mark

Wagner & Zetzsche elaborate intertwined initials doll mark

Wagner & Zetzsche doll mark

Wagner & Zetzsche doll mark of a person + 1875

Wagner & Zetzsche doll mark + 1875

Note:

The 1875 in the doll mark shown on left, is the year founded not the doll mold number

 

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