Horsman doll dating
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Between 1919 to 1925 Horsman and Aetna Doll & Toy merged. 1929 Horsman Boots doll, 14" tall, Patsy type look a like, all composition socket head with jointed body, some have a body twist waist, molded painted hair, large painted brown eyes, dolls are unmarked. 1929.1910-1916 Horsman Toodles doll, 12--13 1/2" tall, two dolls with different heads were issued, both designed by Helen Trowbridge, composition head with molded painted hair, painted eyes, closed mouth, cloth body, composition Campbell Kid like hands, at least one of the two heads is marked 1911-1913 Horsman Nature Babies series dolls; Baby Bobby doll, 12" tall, composition head and hands, molded hair, cloth stuffed body. Unknown if, how marked, but Ideal did usually mark most of their dolls.
By 1930 Horsman acquired the Amberg doll company, their competitor and continued to produce some of Amberg's dolls, notably the Vanta Baby and Peggy dolls. Note: This doll face mold was also sold by: the Maxine Doll Co. Other doll names in the Nature Babies series are; Horsman Baby Peterkin doll, Gold Medal Prize Baby doll and Suck-a-Thumb doll.1911 Horsman Dutch Gretchen doll, 15" tall, composition head stitched to body, composition hands, cloth stuffed body & limbs, mohair wig, back of head is flat, painted eyes, closed mouth, dressed in a Dutch costume, has striped stockings, felt clogs, head is a copy of a German bisque doll, doll is unmarked.
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of Hong Hong, which produced dolls under the name Horsman LTD.1904-1928 Horsman Babyland Rag Dolls, 13-28" tall, white or black, all cloth with a simple flat with little detail painted mask face, mitt like hands, some have mohair sewn to top of head, clothing is removable, marked: Genuine Babyland trademark or unmarked. 1928 Horsman Ella Cinders doll, 18" tall, comic character by Bill Conselman & Charlie Plumb, has a composition head with round painted eyes, freckles beneath the eyes, open/closed mouth, cloth body. S.1928 Horsman Mama dolls, various sizes, composition shoulder heads with composition limbs and cloth body, criers, including Baby dolls: Horsman Brother doll & Horsman Sister doll, 12-14 & 18-20' tall and Girl dolls: Horsman Peggy Ann doll & Dolly Rosebud, 14-16 or 22-24" tall. 1929-1930 Horsman Peggy Junior, Peggy, Peggy Ann dolls, 12-20" tall, composition doll, molded lightly painted hair with a pin hole or metal loop for a ribbon, has a right bent arm, fully jointed, painted or sleep eyes. 1911-1914 Horsman Annette doll, Fairy doll, Nancy Lee doll and Polly Pru doll 12-13" tall, all used the same composition head mold with molded bobbed hair, large single curl on forehead, painted eyes, closed mouth, cloth body.Another style with a three-dimensional molded face was outsourced to Albert Bruckner, a New Jersey dollmaker. The composition Campbell Kid dolls, adapted from illustrations by Grace Drayton, were a huge seller for Horsman. Jackie Coogan was a child actor of the 1920s who starred in the film “The Kid” with Charlie Chaplin.The black doll is the earlier version from the 1910’s and ’20s with cloth body and compo hands. Horsman made two different versions of him in composition. H) “Blink Doll” accompanied by two German porcelain, wood and cloth composition dolls dating from the late 19th to early 20th century.
In the early years Horsman imported dolls from outside the USA, starting in 1904 they distributed "Babyland Rag Dolls" made of all cloth created by Albert Bruckner.
No history of vintage dolls could be written without Horsman. As the new century dawned, his company began producing its own cloth and composition dolls. The Babyland Rag series of dolls ranged from 11″ to 30″ tall.