Max Handwerck Dolls German
Heinrich Wortmann Jr. and Max Handwerck began their doll making business in 1899, located in Waltershausen, Thüringia, Germany.
Mr. Wortmann left the business in 1902. Max designed the bisque doll heads, however many of them were actually produced by William Goebel thus they may bear the Goebel trademark of a triangle with a half moon and possibly other Ohrdruf doll factories just fifteen miles away.
They are probably best known for their Bébé Elité doll, other registered doll trade names are 1902 Triumph Bébé, 1913 Madame Butterfly and 1922 Handwerck Celebrated doll and Max Handwerck Elite googly eye dolls with molded hats. In 1925 the Max Handwerck company filed for bankruptcy.
1915 Googly eye dolls 12 or 16″ tall marked Elite dolls were not distributed, include markings English Bellhop (E), Austria (O), German (D), Japan (J), Turkey (T), Uncle Sam (US), some dolls have two faces. When found in the early 1980s the bisque heads were then put on bodies and dressed in military uniforms to match the molded hats on the dolls.
Max Handwerck Doll Mold Numbers Identified
Bébé Elite, Elite, 79, 283, 285, 286, 297, 421