The Hermann Steiner dolls were introduced only in the later part of the German bisque doll period. Steiner manufactured dolls from 1911 to the 1920’s and some of its doll heads were made by Armand Marseille who was a famous Russian doll craftsman. This sometimes caused confusion in determining dolls made by Marseille. But collectors can check the common markings stamped on these dolls which are distinctly Steiner’s. Hermann Steiner was also best known for producing character baby dolls which were in demand in the market at that time.
Aside from manufacturing bisque dolls, they also produced composition doll which were made with either painted or glass eyes. The doll heads either had wigged or molded hair and its kid shaped body was made of cloth.
Here is a list of some of Hermann Steiner’s creations:
1) Character Baby (1920’s) – This 8 to 16 inches tall doll looks like the Bye-lo Baby and it had a bisque head. It also had a pair of glass or painted eyes with a dome-shaped solid head either with molded painted or wigged hair. It featured either an open or closed mouth with a jointed body made of cloth or composition. It was marked “HS Germany, 131, 240, 246”.
2) Pierrot Clown Baby (1920’s) – This baby doll was marked with “Herm Steiner 16/0”. It also measured 8-inch tall bisque head dolls with mohair wig and painted eyes. The face was painted white with black details on its cheeks and wore a green elf-like hat.
3) Dolly Face (1920’s) – This doll stands 10 to 22 inches tall and still made with a bisque head. It was made with a pair of glass eyes, jointed composition body, and had an open mouth. The doll’s head had curly brown hair and its marking was “H S Germany or Herm Steiner Germany”.
Collectors can also check for other markings on Herman n Steiner’s dolls such as the mold numbers: 223, 242, 245, 247, 1000, and 954642. The letter markings can also be among: H S, H S N, and H S t. Anyone who is interested in collecting valuable bisque doll pieces will definitely find Hermann Steiner’s German dolls to be a wonderful addition on the doll display shelf. Some of Hermann Steiner’s dolls can also be seen in doll museums wherein these are displayed as examples of Victorian bisque. At present, a Steiner bisque doll can cost around at least over a hundred dollars.
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