Check the back of the head for the manufacturers mark. Most antique dolls will have a manufacturers mark on the back of the head, or on the base of the neck. If the doll doesnt have a manufacturers mark anywhere and you still suspect that it could be antique, contact a professional doll appraiser for help.
What is considered a vintage doll?
Between modern and antique dolls are vintage dolls. Collectors typically refer to this period as running between 1925 and 1979. This was when dolls often became more of a brand which led to a household name. During this time, the market saw the release of many dolls and almost all of these remain collectible today.
How do you identify a Kestner doll?
Marks on Kestner Dolls Early Kestner bisque dolls are just marked with a number or a size. Later dolls are usually well marked with the mold mark and Made in Germany; some of the baby dolls are marked JDK. There are many variations on Kestner marks.
What is a Kestner doll?
The J.D. Kestner doll company made dolls in Germany, in the Waltershausen, Thuringia region, for over 90 years. The earliest dolls were wood and papier mache, and then China. But the dolls that the company is best known for are the bisque better known as porcelain dolls from the late 1800s into the early 1900s.
How do you date Armand Marseille dolls?
Identifiable Marks. Armand Marseille dolls are generally very clearly marked on the back of the bisque head. As an example, Armand Marseille/Germany/390 or something similar, where 390 is the mold number. Many of the dolls are marked with A M instead of Armand Marseille.