Doll Makers and their Marks - A

Alexander Doll Company

Alexander Doll Company

Alexander Doll Company or Madame Alexander Dolls

The Madame Alexander Doll Company was founded by Madame Beatrice Alexander Behrman in 1933.

Madame Alexander was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 9, 1895. She was the daughter of Russian immigrants.

In the 1930's Madame Alexander introduced the first dolls based on licensed characters from literature and the movies. Alice in Wonderland, Little Women, and Gone with the Wind were pioneering doll concepts which remain popular to this day.

During the 1940's she initiated the first dolls with "sleep" eyes which open and close and in 1944 introduced the first patriotic dolls to honour the U.S. Armed Forces bravely fighting in World War II.

The Madame Alexander Doll Company is still in operation today.

 
Alt, Beck & Gottschalck Makers Mark

Alt, Beck & Gottschalck Makers Mark

Alt, Beck & Gottschalck Makers Mark

Alt, Beck & Gottschalck were founded in Germany. They were in business between 1854 and 1941. They made bisque and china head dolls on bodies of wood and composition, cloth or kid. Mold numbers 639-1288 were beautiful as were their registered child and baby dolls which had molded hair or wigs, painted or glass eyes, open or closed mouths. Alt, Beck & Gottschalck are of very good quality.

Armand Marseille Makers Mark

Armand Marseille

Armand Marseille

Armand Marseille dolls were manufactured between the 1890's and the 1930's

Armand Marseille was born in St Petersburg in 1856 but emigrated later with his family to Thuringia in Germany

In 1885, Armand Marseille bought the porcelain factory of Liebermann & Wegescher in Koppelsdorf. It was here where he began manufacturing bisque doll heads.

The factory became one of the largest German manufacturers of bisque doll heads.

The most popular heads were those made from the mould number 390.

References:

Antique Trader's Doll Makers and Marks: A Guide to Identification