Hertel, Schwab & Co. Doll, ca. 1905
After my mother died and my father sold the house, we went into the attic and there was a box of dolls. And I never knew anything about them. Been in there for at least 40 years. And I pulled this one out because I thought she was interesting.
You know the old adage, "Two heads are better than one"? With this doll, it's like two faces are better than one. Switch her around from the unhappy to the happy side and... This is a character doll, which was made in Germany, early part of this century, maybe 1905, 1910. It's a baby doll, which is a doll that children actually did play with. It's not just a little art form, it's a child's toy. And character dolls are very popular at that time. They went out of favor probably in the early 1920s. Nice original clothes, there's glass eyes on the one side, and there were painted eyes on the other side. It was produced by a company called Hertel and Schwab and Company in Germany in a place called Ohrdruf, Germany. And they were a company that had a porcelain factory where they made dolls for other people. This was probably made for a company called Kley & Hahn. So, great character doll, good condition. Think it's worth anything at all?
Oh, a little, but I don't know how much.
Oh, probably like, maybe $3,000 to $4,000.
Wow, that's great.
You've got a great little two-faced kid.
I'm going to put her back to the sad side.
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