Kling bisque shoulder head doll mold
13" tall, composition jointed body, sleep eyes, feathered brows,
Founded by Christian Friedrich Kling in Ohrdruf,
Thuringia, Germany as a porcelain factory, C. F. Kling & Company did not begin making
dolls until around 1870.
Early Kling dolls are only marked with a mold
number, after 1880 a bell symbol was added, some Kling dolls have
been found with the marking; K & R or K * R, so it's assumed that Kling
may have manufactured some bisque heads for
Kämmer & Reinhardt prior to 1902.
Some of the doll sculptors that worked for Kling were; Horn, Kienlenz,
Hugo Lieberman, Herman Schmidt and Paul Walter - who created the delightful
and intricate hair ornamentations, jewelry, lace etc, seen on China and
parian doll heads.
It is believed that George Borgfeldt might have been a
silent partner with Kling - Kling bisque head Bye-Lo's Babies were distributed by
Borgfeldt in the USA.