Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS


Support ANTIQUES ROADSHOW by supporting public television! Give Today
  • SHOP
  • Appraisals

    Handwerck Halbig "160" Character Doll, ca. 1910

    Appraised Value:

    $4,000 - $5,000

    Appraised on: August 9, 2008

    Appraised in: Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Appraised by: Richard Wright

    Category: Dolls

    Episode Info: Grand Rapids, Hour 1 (#1313)

    Originally Aired: April 20, 2009

    slideshow IMAGE: 1 of 2 Next 

    More Like This:

    Form: Doll
    Material: Composite, Wood
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $4,000 - $5,000

    Related Links:

    Understanding Our Appraisals
    Useful tips to keep in mind when watching ANTIQUES ROADSHOW


    Appraisal Video: (3:20)


    Appraised By:

    Richard Wright
    Dolls, Toys & Games

    Appraisal Transcript:

    GUEST: She was my great- grandmother's doll, um, and then it was given to my grandmother and I inherited it. I always liked it when I was little, and it sat in a china cabinet, but she never let me play with it.

    APPRAISER: What else do you know about her?

    GUEST: Um, that she's a Simon Halbig character doll. I looked in several books, but I can't find any information about her about that mold number, so, yeah...

    APPRAISER: Okay, and where was your grandmother from?

    GUEST: Um, she was born in Houghton, Michigan, and that's where the doll would have been purchased.

    APPRAISER: We had a couple of questions from you earlier about her hands.

    GUEST: Yes. Are these original hands? Do you know?

    APPRAISER: Yeah.

    GUEST: And what are they made of?

    APPRAISER: Uh, it's composition. Her body's actually wood and composition.

    GUEST: Oh, okay.

    APPRAISER: Somebody, at some point in time, has done some repaint on them. Now, that can be taken off carefully if you know what you're doing. But I wouldn't want you to do it. It would be professionally done. It's got a beautiful face, a great mouth, great eyes. And it is a Simon Halbig doll.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: And it's also a Handwerck doll. If I spin her around and I take her hair off, on the back, you see Heinrich Handwerck, Simon Halbig and then 160; 160 is her mold number for her face. The Heinrich Handwerck, they made the body.

    GUEST: Oh, okay.

    APPRAISER: And there'll be a mark on her body saying Heinrich Handwerck. The head is made by Simon Halbig.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: It's from their character doll series. Made probably around 1910. Now, I've sold thousands and thousands of dolls over the years since I was a little kid. I've only ever once seen a 160 before.

    GUEST: Oh, wow.

    APPRAISER: So, she's a little bit unusual.

    GUEST: Yeah.

    APPRAISER: I would say your doll, size, quality is probably, in a good doll show, probably $4,000, $5,000.

    GUEST: Oh, wow. I had no idea.

    APPRAISER: So you inherited a really, really nice doll.

    GUEST: Thank you very much.

    APPRAISER: Put her hair back on.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: Spin her around.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: A little disheveled there. The wig may be a replacement from the 1930s. The dress is probably a child's dress, a baby dress also from that same era. If you found a period outfit, it would probably add another couple hundred dollars to her value.

    GUEST: Oh, okay, I see.

    WGBH This website is produced for PBS Online by WGBH Boston. ©1997-2015 WGBH Educational Foundation.
    ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a trademark of the BBC and is produced for PBS by WGBH under license from BBC Worldwide.
    WGBH and PBS are not responsible for the content of websites linked to or from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Online.
    PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

    ROADSHOW on Facebook ROADSHOW Tweets ROADSHOW on YouTube