Bruno Schmidt Dolls 1898-1930+ German
Partners Bruno Schmidt and Hugo Geisler founded a doll factory in Waltershausen, Germany which they named H. Geisler & Company, by 1900 Mr. Geisler left the company at which time Mr. Schmidt renamed the company to Bruno Schmidt, as it is known today.
Bruno Schmidt’s marking at right; BSW inside a heart, sometimes found with Bahr Proschild’s crossed swords, plus two sets of mold numbers; the three digit numbers from Bahr & Pröschild and the four digit 2000 number of Bruno Schmidt.
Schmidt bisque head dolls are highly prized by collectors for the fine quality and were purchased from the Bahr & Proschild company, thus they often bear both companies markings, Bruno Schmidt’s marking are BSW inside a heart, sometimes found with Bahr Proschild’s crossed swords, plus two sets of mold numbers; the three digit numbers from Bahr & Pröschild and the four digit 2000 number of Bruno Schmidt.
Shown above; ca. 1912 Bruno Schmidt Tommy Tucker doll mold 2048, bisque head, finely painted hair, feathered brows, painted upper and lower eyelashes, sleep eyes, open mouth with upper teeth, composition jointed body. Bruno Schmidt is probably best known for the Tommy Tucker doll molds 2048, 2084, 2096 and the so called Wendy doll mold 2033 who graced the cover of Jim & Madalaine Selfridge Dolls, Images of Love, Wendy and Friends 1969 book. Bruno Schmidt acquired the Bahr & Proschild company in 1919, Schmidt made bisque half dolls at the Bahr & Pröschild factory and manufactured celluloid and papier mache dolls at his own factory.
Bruno Schmidt Doll Mold Numbers
136, 2020, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2033, 2042, 2046, 2048, 2068, 2070, 2072, 2074, 2075, 2081, 2084, 2085, 2092, 2094, 2095, 2096, 2097, 2098, 2099, 2154, 6068, 6092, 6098.
Bruno Schmidt Doll Resources: Dictionary of Doll Marks by Jean Bach page 111, Encyclopedia of German Dolls by Cieslik page 267-268