English 1740s Queen Anne wood doll face
English 1740s Queen Anne wood doll

Antique Dolls Made of Wood

Wood is a fairly easy material to carve or whittle to form a crude doll in the form of a human likeness.  Wood is very durable, easily manipulated and is still in use today for making wooden dolls, figures and toys of many kinds for children, in countries around the world, either commercially or artists. Below are early wood doll types and wood doll makers and marks from around the world.

Antique to Vintage Wood, Wooden Doll Makers Identified

Anderegg doll mark Th. Anderegg, Switzerland, early 1900s
Ferdinand Andri wooden peasant dolls 1871-1956 Austria
Artel Co. wood doll mark ARTELPRAHA 1900s Prague
Beaver Doll & Toy Co doll mark Beaverbilt, Beaverbeasts, Beaverability wood dolls 1916-1917 NYC, Canada, London
Bimblick Toy Co. wood segmented dolls 1926-1930 NYC
Gary Birch doll mark Birch, carved wooden doll figures 1987+ Cincinnati, Ohio
Cameo wood segmented dolls 1922-1970s USA
Crown Toy Mfg wood segmented Disney dolls 1930s-1940s USA
Decor-Spielzeug, Decor Toy Company wood dolls 1957+ GER
Door of Hope wood dolls 1901-1949 China
Julius Dorst doll mark HD, clown symbol star D, wooden dolls & toys 1839-1930s German
Joel Ellis Co-Operative Mfg. Co unmarked wood mortise & tendon wood dolls, painted black feet 1873-1874 USA
Erzgebirge wooden figure dolls 1920s- present German
Exeloid Company doll mark XLCO wood dolls 1915-1920+ Pennsylvania
Anna Fehrle carved wooden head doll mark FEHRLE 1930s+ German
Fleischmann & Cramer wood dolls 1881-1925+ German
Folk Art carved wood dolls 1800s+
Gromada doll mark Made in Poland red & white paper label on all wood small dolls with large flat feet 1940s+
Hitty wood, wooden dolls 1820s+
Hitz, Jacobs & Kassler turned, carved painted wood dolls 1923
Kaspar Huggler & Sons wood caved dolls 1900-present – in Brienz, Switzerland (off site official link)
Insam & Prinoth wooden dolls, peg wooden dolls verlegers 1820+ Tirol, Germany
Ives, Blakeslee & Williams Co, wood dancing black dolls on music boxes 1868-1932 Bridgeport, CT, Edward R. Ives Manufacturing Company
Jointed Doll Co. doll mark Improved Jointed Doll pat. April 29, 1879, Dec. 7, 1880, & Nov. 7, 1882 wood dolls 1874-1885 Springfield, VT
Kestner made wood dolls, how marked is unknown 1805+

Labrador wooden dolls hand made in Arctic N. American
Larkin Company wood dolls & accessories 1875-1930 Buffalo, NY
Avis Lee wood carved folk dolls 1939-1955 Chicago, IL
Richard Metzler musical, papier mache, wood dolls 1884-1928
Harold Naber Kids carved wood art dolls 1970s-1994 USA
Netherlands wood Grödner Tal dolls, Nürnberg Fille dolls, Peg Wooden dolls, Penny Wooden dolls 1800+
Nöckler & Tittel doll mark N & T bisque, cloth, composition, googly eye dolls, rubber, Täufling, wood dolls 1849-1930s
Norwegian hand carved wood dolls 1800+ Norway
Poppets wood dolls mid 1800s-1930 Kentucky
J. B. Purger wood peg jointed dolls 1851-1896 Grödner Tal
E. Randall Grödner Tal wood dolls1904-1958 UK
Sanoner, Senoner, Sononer Grödner Tal wooden dolls 1800+
F.M. Schilling doll mark Angel with wings, paper label Tout Bois, Holz, Germany all wood angel symbol, Fabrikmarke deponirt or unmarked 1871-1928
Rudolf Schneider made Bébé Tout en Bois dolls marked with a label; trademark Bébé Tout en bois entierement articule (Baby doll articulated wood), French market 1912-1925+
Schoen & Yondorf SAYCO made wood dolls 1922-1960s USA
Schoenhut & Co basswood dolls, all wood Pinn family clothespin dolls 1872-1935 Philadelphia, PA
Silber and Fleming wooden doll houses 1856-1882 London
Star Toy & Novelty composition, wood dolls 1914-1921 USA
Swiss Linden wood dolls 1900s+ Brienz area
Ted Toy-lers wooden dolls & toys 1924-1928
Telli Company wood head & cloth body doll
Telma Mfg. ceramic, composition, wood dolls 1917-1918 UK
Thomas R. Thompson wood Tots Toie dolls 1919 USA
Tillicum Toy Mfg. Co. turned wood dolls 1926-1930 USA
Twistum Toy factory wood segmented dolls 1921-1929 USA
Professor Wahn flat painted wooden dolls 1902-1907 Silesia
Wilson Novelty wooden Wilson’s Walkies dolls 1930s-1951 USA
Zeuch & Lausmann wood dolls 1888-1925
Gottlieb Zinner & Sohn world leader making musical & mechanical dolls 1845-1926 German

Wood or Wooden Types of Dolls & Dates

2000 BC ancient Egyptian wooden paddle dolls found in tombs
1400+ French, Italy, Spain and others; Religious dolls or religious figures; Crèche dolls, Santos dolls
1600-present Kokeshi, folk art, painted, limbless all wood dolls made for children in Japan
1680-1720 English William and Mary, 1700-1750 Queen Anne, 1750-1800 Georgian wooden dolls
1700s-1930 German Federdocken, feather dolls, turned wooden doll, painted features, a feather in hat, stones in torso rattle
1700s+ Austria, Germany, Netherlands Grödner Tal carved wood dolls
1735-1925+ German Skittle or Tyroler wood dolls
1750+ French or English Pandora early wood or wax fashion mannequin doll, Grandes Pandora’s is a life size mannequin doll
1800s-1900s South East Europe Gmunderdoken wooden dolls representing the people of the Gmunden area
1800s-1900s German Schepperdocken hollow wooden dolls with stones inside that rattle when shaken
1800’s-present Knitting Nancy, Nodder, Spindle, Spool, Stump all wood dolls
1850+ American Hopi Kachina wood dolls made of cottonwood root, then carved, painted and decorated figures
1890+ Poland, Russian Ukraine Matryoshka wooden nesting dolls made and painted by various craft persons, artists
ca. 1890s Austria, Hungry Wooden Kate dolls wooden folk art dolls
1896-1925+ German, French Bébé Tout Bois all wood dolls, often made for the French market
1900s+ German Carved Tuck Comb wood dolls, Peg Wooden doll or Dutch Wooden doll
1916-1918 French Madame Nina Alexandrowicz made cloth art dolls, Mimi a wood art doll, black mascot dolls
Before 1917 Russian Trihedral one piece three sided wood carved dolls, continued to be made to the 1990s
1919+ Wood Segmented dolls, various countries and doll makers
1920s American Zuni wood dolls are usually made from pine wood
1960s+ vintage all wooden Banks with a slit in head, back or both for coins

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