Heinrich Handwerck Dolls 1876-1932 German

Heinrich Handwerck bisque head doll mold 119 face 24"
ca. 1900 Heinrich Handwerck bisque head doll mold 119 face 24″

Heinrich and Minna Handwerck dolls were produced in Waltershausen, Thüringia, Germany beginning in 1876 or 1885 until they were purchased by Kammer & Reinhardt in 1902 after Heinrich Sr. passed away at the young age of 44. The Handwerck factory was continued independently of K & R. Heinrich Sr. invented and patented in the 1880’s a machine to produce doll body parts, this meant quicker and larger quantities could be produced. Often Handwerck bodies will have a red ink stamp with the patent number.

Handwerck’s bisque doll heads were designed by Handwerck, but produced for them by Simon & Halbig and are of high quality and fine workmanship which continued under the K & R ownership.

In 1921 Heinrich Handwerck Jr. re-founded the factory in Gotha near Waltershausen. K & R continued to produce the Handwerck doll molds until at least 1932, between that time period they added “oHG” to the marking. 

Heinrich Handwerck is probably best known for their Bébé dolly faced bisque head child dolls and babies, some bisque shoulder heads on kid bodies, but mostly bisque socket heads on composition jointed bodies, Handwerck also produced some celluloid dolls, too.

Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 7 1/2
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 7 1/2
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 29 H 1
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 29 H 1
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark  69 -12 x Germany Handwerck 4
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 69 -12 x Germany Handwerck 4
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 79 N Germany
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 79 N Germany
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 89 size 12
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 89 size 12
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 11 1/2 99 DEP Germany Handwerck
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 11 1/2 99 DEP Germany Handwerck
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 109 - 7 - H stamped on body red circle with Wimpern Gesetzl. Geschuzt
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 109 – 7 – H stamped on body red circle with Wimpern Gesetzl. Geschuzt
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 119- 13 Handwerck 5 Germany
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 119 – 13 Handwerck 5 Germany
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark Simon & Halbig 120 body stamp Heinrich Handwerck
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark Simon & Halbig 120 body stamp Heinrich Handwerck
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 139 24. 6 H 10
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 139 24. 6 H 10
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 189 9 1/2 Germany
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark 189 9 1/2 Germany
This doll mark .H. 2 1/2 is believed to be by Heinrich Handwerck
This doll mark .H. 2 1/2 is believed to be by Heinrich Handwerck
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark DR. Patent No 100279 Germany
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark DR. Patent No 100279 Germany
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark Hch 6/0 H
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark Hch 6/0 H
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark Made in Germany horseshoe symbol xHch 6/0 Hx (head by Ernst Heubach)
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark Made in Germany horseshoe symbol x Hch 6/0 H x (head by Ernst Heubach)
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark HH 420 Germany 72.
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark HH 420 Germany 72.
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark Germany HH S & H 4/0
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark Germany HH S & H 4/0
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark HW Germany Halbig
Heinrich Handwerck doll mark HW Germany Halbig
Heinrich Handwerck Germany Heinrich Handwerck Simon & Halbig
Heinrich Handwerck Germany Heinrich Handwerck Simon & Halbig
Heinrich Handwerck doll shoe mark HH inside a heart
Heinrich Handwerck doll shoe mark HH inside a heart

Note: Karl Hartmann marked his dolls with H, Hugo Wiegand also used the doll mark HW initials

Heinrich Handwerck Doll Mold Numbers Identified & Trade names

29, 69, 79, 89, 99, 109, 119, 120, 139, 152, 160, 189, 199, 420

Eight pointed star + French or German words, Baby Cut, Bébé Cosmopolite, Bébé de Recalme, Bébé Superior, Made in Germany +an upside down horseshoe + Hch # H, HH,  HHW, HW, Germany + HANDWERCK + Halbig, Elaine dolls, LaBelle, LaBonita and Lotti, a Lady doll ink body mark stamp D. R. Patent No. 100297 in 1897 with a Simon & Halbig doll head mold 1159.

Note: The Bébé Cosmopolite doll – only the 18″ tall doll marked Germany, Heinrich Handwerck, Simon & Halbig 1, was used for Lettie Lane’s actual doll, a mail in premium from magazine subscriptions from the Lettie Lane paper doll series in the Ladies Home Journal 1911.  Kestner doll mold 171 in 18″ was also used.

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The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Dolls books, vol. I pages 282-284 in 1968, vol. II pages 507-509 in 1986 by Dorothy S., Elizabeth A. and Evelyn J. Coleman, Simon & Halbig Dolls, The Artful Aspect, pages 206-222 in 1984 by Jan Foulke, German Doll Encyclopedia 1800-1939 book, pages 104-108 in 1985, German Doll Marks and Identification book in 2001 both by Jurgen & Marianne Cieslik.