Scherf founded his doll factory in the "Town of Toys" Sonneberg, Germany in
1879, when Peter passed away in 1887 the company was divided amongst family
members, including his widow Marie Aschenbach, who continued to provide bisque
dolls, many for the American market into the 1920s.
The antique bisque Dolly faced
doll heads, were
produced for Scherf by Armand Marseille's porcelain factory.
doll shoulder heads came on a riveted kid
leather body with bisque lower arms and hands or bisque doll socket heads
were on a jointed all composition body, wigged, glass eyes, open mouth.
Dolls are usually marked Made in Germany P Sch or Germany
P.Sch. plus a mold number and are of good quality.
Doll shown on left; Peter Scherf, antique bisque Dolly face
socket head with Armand Marseille
(A.M.) and Scherf markings (Made in Germany P.Sch.), sleep eyes, feathered brows,
open mouth on an all composition jointed body with "broom stick" like upper legs.
Note: The doll shown on left is called a "Dollar Doll" made
by the Germans for
the American market, because of the elongated cylindrical upper leg
thighs. A doll maker could add to the dolls height, without incurring higher
costs and still sell her for $1.00, we think this a brilliant "more bang for your buck"