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Object Name Doll
Date 1900-1910
Description Girl doll. Bisque porcelain head with blue glass sleep-eyes and a brown wig in braids. Wood and composition body with jointed composition arms and legs. She is wearing her original two-piece purple wool suit over a white cotton blouse. Mark on the back of her head: "HANDWERCK". Overall height is 18.250 inches.
Acquisition From Helen Batz and Vivien Batz Prien
Ownership and History This doll is a good example of how the numerous doll manufacturers in Germany often worked together to produce dolls. The head is marked "Handwerck", indicating that it was designed by the Heinrich Handwerck firm, but the head was actually produced by the firm of Simon & Halbig, because they had the factory to produce the bisque. The Handwerck factory then produced the doll's body and assembled the parts. That was a fairly common practice; Kestner was one of the few firms that produced complete dolls with all their parts, as well as parts for other companies.

This doll was owned by sisters Helen (born 1895) and Vivien (born 1899) Batz of Tompkinsville, Staten Island. Helen became a teacher and taught in public schools on Staten Island for 37 years, retiring in 1954. The sisters donated the doll and other family items to the Staten Island Historical Society when they moved to Florida in 1956.
Earliest Date 1900
Latest Date 1910
Maker Heinrich Handwerck
Subjects Dolls
Lexicon Sub-category Toy
Associated People Batz, Helen M.
Catalog Number T03.0203
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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