Simple, skittle shaped wooden dolls, with the head and torso carved from a single piece of wood, were made in England in the 17th century. Any that have survived in good condition are rare and valuable.
Large numbers of wooden dolls were made in Austria and Germany from the 17th to the 20th century. The most sought after are early 19th century “Grodnertal” dolls (named after the region now in Italy but then in Austria where they were made). These had a gessoes (plaster) head with painted hair and features. The body was carved and peg-jointed. Costumes were usually in the French Empire style. Later “Dutch” dolls (from “Deutsche”) from the same region were of lesser quality. These usually had a simpler, rounded head with carved, rather than painted, features.
Wooden dolls were mass-produced in America in the mid-19th century. These often had a fully articulated body and a carved, enamel-painted head sometimes with mohair hair.
Wooden dolls available now
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AMERICAN ANTIQUE COMPOSITION WOOD TIN BOY DOLL NEW YORK 1920'S
on January 20, 2019 at 10:08 am
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HAND PAINTED PAPER MACHE DRESS MANNEQUIN BODY WOOD STAND 12.5" TALL #2688
on January 18, 2019 at 4:34 pm
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16" antique Schoenhut, fully jointed wood doll, incised signature, 300 series
on January 16, 2019 at 9:46 am
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ANTIQUE WELCH GERMAN DOLL HEAD COMPOSITION BODY,JOINTED WOOD MOVING GLASS EYES
on January 16, 2019 at 9:04 am
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Very early 17" antique German carved wood shoulder head, arms & legs child doll
on January 11, 2019 at 8:22 pm
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