Fritz Bierschenk Dolls 1906- 1930 German
Fritz Bierschenk of Sonneberg, Germany in 1906 purchased E. Escher Jr.’s Doll Factory (1880-1905) located in Sonneberg and renamed it Fritz Bierschenk. The E. Escher Jr. trademark of a locomotive symbol was included in the purchase.
Bierschenk is best known for his antique bisque solid dome head Kaiser Baby or School boy dolls, Bierschenk also made cloth dolls with mask like faces. Fritz Bierschenk doll mark FB with a size number, often with Germany.
The only known Bierschenk doll mold is 616 registered in 1910 of a character Lady or girl doll with painted eyes, open closed mouth with upper teeth, on a slim composition jointed body with a bent left arm, doll marked FB 616, as shown below.
Bierschenk exported dolls to North America, England, France and other countries. Around 1930 doll production ceased. Mr. Fritz Bierschenk passed away in 1938.
ca. 1910 Fritz Bierschenk bisque shoulder head school boy doll 11 1/2″, kid body, doll mark FB 0
ca. 1910 Fritz Bierschenk bisque head painted eye character girl doll face 16″ doll mark FB 616
ca. 1910 Fritz Bierschenk bisque head painted eye character girl doll 16″, bent arm, composition jointed body