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c. 1918+ Antique Fulper bisque socket head doll 16″ sleep eyes, four upper teeth, toddler body

Fulper Pottery Company of Fleming, New Jersey USA was established in 1805.  From 1918 until 1927 Fulper Pottery sold small all bisque dolls;(a Kewpie doll and a Peterkin doll, both marked Fulper have been found and bisque doll heads to fill the void left by European doll makers, due to World War I.  Among the companies that used Fulper bisque products are; Amberg, Colonial Toy, Horsman and Sears.

Fulper produced bisque socket or shoulder heads of Dolly face child dolls, 14″ to about 43″ tall, some of the dolls have human hair wigs, often with sleep eyes, some character heads have molded painted hair with intaglio eyes, all that we have found so far have an open mouth with teeth. 

Fulper character Baby dolls have bisque socket or shoulder plate heads, 13 to 24″ tall, sleep eyes and molded painted hair or wigged, open or closed mouth with bent limb baby composition bodies.

ca. 1918 Horsman Toddler Doll bisque Fulper head

ca. 1918 Horsman Toddler Doll bisque Fulper head, 16″ tall, wigged, multi stroke painted eyebrows, glass sleep eyes, upper and lower painted eyelashes, open mouth with two upper teeth on a five piece German type composition slant hip toddler jointed body, bisque head marked Fulper as shown below.

ca. 1918 Horsman Toddler Doll bisque Fulper head
ca. 1918 Horsman Toddler Doll bisque Fulper head

ca. 1918 Horsman Toddler Doll bisque Fulper head, 16″ tall, five piece German type composition slant hip toddler jointed body including knees, on composition doll back marked E.I.H.

1920 Aamberg Victory doll fulper bisque doll

1920-1927 Amberg antique Victory Doll with bisque Fulper socket head, 24″ tall, came in four sizes, with multi stroke painted eyebrows, painted upper and lower eyelashes, sleep eyes, open mouth with two upper teeth, came on a five piece composition jointed body.  See the Amberg page for the composition head doll.

The bisque doll head will have the Fulper vertical mark as shown below, on the back of the composition body has the raised mark of Amberg’s Victory Doll plus a size number in centimeters, known size numbers are 40, 50, 60, 70. 

Fulper ceased the manufacture of bisque doll heads in 1922, but continued to sell their remaining stock of bisque heads until 1927 which included dolls as large as 43″ or so, as well as bisque novelty dolls and small bisque head pin cushion dolls.

Fulper Doll Marks

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Louis Amberg doll mark Amberg’s Victory Doll
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Fulper doll mark 42 e cmu in a triangle Fulper Made in USA
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Fulper doll mark cmu in a triangle MS Fulper Made in USA
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Fulper doll mark cmu in triangle Made in USA

The Fulper doll mark MS initials are for Martin Stangl, head of production for Horsman’s bisque head dolls. In 1998 the Strong Museum reproduced a Limited Edition bisque head doll with painted eyes and a jointed composition body, doll head will have the Fulper mark and Licensed by the Strong Museum.