Wislizenus bisque socket head Dolly face doll, 24" tall, composition jointed body, sleep eyes, open mouth,
doll marked A.W. Special Germany.
Gottlob Schafft founded this doll factory in Waltershausen, Germany in 1851
to make papier-mâché dolls that were also exported, by 1870 Adolf Wislizenus joined the firm as a partner,
around 1878 Mr. Wislizenus became the sole owner. Over the years this company changed ownership several more times, until 1931 when they went into bankruptcy, at which time
Konig & Wernicke acquired the estate.
Their bisque doll heads were supplied by;
Bahr & Proschild or
Simon & Halbig, after 1910 by
Ernest Heubach or
Wislizenus dolls are of very good quality, some doll bodies have
a unique ball jointed construction, they made; wax heads, figures &
animals, mechanical toys, Täufling, Dolly face, Unique Body Child dolls, Character Baby dolls,
mechanical walking dolls, painted eye dolls, a doll named Gretchen, 1902 Old
Glory doll, 1910 Queen Quality doll & 1919 Mein Glückskind (My Lucky Child).
Wislizenus dolls may have been distributed in the USA by
Hamburger & Company.
After 1931 Konig & Wernicke used Wislizenus
patent Certa head for their Nicaput doll.