Goebel Dolls 1879+ German
Franz Detleff Goebel and his son William Goebel founded their porcelain factory Wilhelmsfeld located in Oeslau, Thüringia, Germany to produce porcelain and earthenware objects.
By 1879 the company was known as F & W Goebel. Early F & W Goebel objects, including bisque doll heads (1887+) were marked with a triangle and half moon symbol with or without a two digit mold number.
By 1893 the company was owned solely by William, who changed the name to William Goebel Porzellanfabrik which is also when Goebel began producing fine bisque dolls of all kinds; small all bisque dolls, bisque Dolly Face shoulder or socket heads on kid or composition jointed bodies, bent limb character Baby dolls, googly eye dolls, half dolls, bathing beauties, ballerinas and Bécassine dolls.
After 1900 Goebel began using the crown symbol above the WG initials mark as shown. Goebel also supplied Max Handwerck with some bisque Bébé Elite doll heads. Goebel is probably best known today for their Hummel figurines and other porcelain objects.
Goebel Dolls Identified
ca. 1890 Goebel doll mold 30 B, school boy shoulder head doll, 16″ tall, molded painted hair, glass eyes, closed mouth. kid body, doll mark Germany 30/B 7 1/2.
ca. 1912 Goebel B1 character bisque open mouth with teeth doll 11″ face, composition jointed body, doll mark B1 Bavaria.
ca. 1912 Goebel B3 dolly face 23″ closed mouth doll, composition jointed body, doll mark B3 Germany.
ca. 1912 Goebel B7 character doll 22″ face with cheek dimples, open mouth with upper teeth, doll mark B7 Germany.
ca. 1920s William Goebel bisque head googly eye, closed mouth doll 6 1/2″ tall, doll mark crown symbol WG P 12/0 X Germany.
F & W Goebel / William Goebel Doll Marks Identified
William Goebel Doll Mold Numbers Identified
30/B, 31, 34, 46, 50, 54, 60, 64, 73, 77A, 77B, 80, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88 with molded cap, 89, 90, 91, 92, 102, 103, 106, 107, 110, 111, 114, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 185, 217, 283, 285, 286, 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 330 (is not an all bisque googly), 340, 350, 501, 521, 806, 825A, 839, 839A.