Bahr & Proschild Antique Dolls 1871-1919 German

ca. 1888 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 204 glass eyes, closed mouth 19" face
ca. 1888 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 204 glass eyes, closed mouth 19″ face

George Bahr and August Pröschild founded the Bähr & Pröschild doll company (also spelled Baehr & Proeschild for the American market) which began as a porcelain and doll factory in 1871 in Ohrdruf, Germany.  They registered their first doll mold in 1888 and merged with the Bruno Schmidt doll company around 1919. 

Bahr & Proschild made China, bisque shoulder or socket head, celluloid dolls and supplied doll heads and parts to other companies; Carl Harmus Jr, Kley & Hahn, Bruno Schmidt, Heinrich Stier and probably others.  George Borgfeldt was their distributor to the American USA market.

Dating a Bahr & Proschild antique doll is generally as follows


ca. 1871 marked with only a mold number on the first dolls, ca. 1888 mold number plus DEP was added, ca. 1895 initials B & P plus the mold number, ca. 1900 crossed swords were added to the doll mark, ca. 1909 trademark Buporit registered for celluloid dolls, ca. 1919 Bahr & Proschild was purchased by Bruno Schmidt, who then used a heart with BP as part of the marking.

ca. 1888 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 220 Oriental doll 11" with molded pointed boots

ca. 1888 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 220 bisque belton type head Oriental doll 11″ closed mouth, molded pointed boots.

ca. 1888 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 244 scowling Indian 17" face

ca. 1888 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 244 scowling Indian 17″ face

ca. 1893 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 305 shoulder head, open mouth kid 19" body

ca. 1893 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 305 shoulder head, open mouth 19″ face.

ca. 1893 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 305 shoulder head, open mouth kid 19" body

ca. 1893 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 305 shoulder head, open mouth 19″ kid body.

ca. 1894 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 320 bisque socket head on rare ribbed composition body

ca. 1894 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 320 bisque socket head on rare ribbed body 24″.

ca. 1894 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 320 bisque socket head 24" on rare ribbed composition body

ca. 1894 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 320 bisque head 24″ on rare ribbed composition body

ca. 1911 Bahr & Proschild bisque two face doll crying head 9" not shown laughing face

ca. 1911 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 567 bisque two face doll crying face 9″, not shown laughing face

ca. 1904 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 608 googly doll 9" face

ca. 1904 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 608 googly doll 9″ face

Bahr & Proschild Doll Marks

Bahr & Proschild doll mold 209
ca. 1888 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 209
ca. 1893 Bahr & Proschild doll mark 309
ca. 1893 Bahr & Proschild doll mark 309
Bahr & Proschild doll mold 252 DEP
ca. 1889 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 252 DEP
Bahr & Proschild doll mold B & P 320 DEP
ca. 1895 Bahr & Proschild doll mold B & P 320 DEP
Bahr & Proschild doll mold B & P crossed swords 585 Germany
ca. 1912 Bahr & Proschild doll mold B & P crossed swords 585 Germany
Bahr & Proschild doll mold 536 with F. Imhoff wind up body feet mark Aller Lander 119857
ca. 1901 Bahr & Proschild doll mold 536 with F. Imhoff wind up body feet mark Aller Lander 119857
ca. 1909 Bahr & Proschild doll mark Buporit
ca. 1909 Bahr & Proschild doll mark Buporit
Bahr & Proschild doll mark BP inside a heart crossed swords 620
ca. 1919 Bahr & Proschild doll mark BP inside a heart crossed swords 620

Bahr & Proschild Doll Mold Numbers

201, 204, 207, 209, 212, 213, 217, 219, 220, 224, 225, 226, 227, 230, 239, 241, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 251, 252, 253, 259, 260, 261, 263, 264, 265, 269, 270, 273, 275,  277, 278, 281, 283, 285, 287, 289, 292, 297, 300, 302, 305, 306, 309, 313, 320, 321, 323, 324, 325, 330, 340, 342, 343, 348, 350, 374, 375, 376, 378, 379, 380, 381, 389, 390, 393, 394, 424, 425, 441, 444, 448, 482, 499, 513, 520, 525, 526, 529, 531, 534, 535, 536, 537, 539, 541, 546, 549, 554, 557, 568, 571, 581, 582, 584, 585, 587, 600, 604, 608, 619, 620, 624, 640, 641, 642, 643, 644, 645, 646, 678, 686, 694, 707, 709, 799.

** Note: doll mold 219 is a black doll, doll mold 220 is a belton type Oriental doll with molded pointed up turned boots, doll molds 244, 269 are native America Indian dolls, doll molds 273, 275, 277 are often black dolls, doll molds 401, 424, 608, 686, 694, 707 have googly eyes, doll mold numbers 482, 499, 529, 534, 536, 537, 539 followed by a 2000 number were made for Bruno Schmidt, doll mold 536 may have a mechanical wind up walking body by Ferdinand Imhoff marked on bottom of metal feet Aller Lander.

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