Mittwoch, 27. Juni 2012


Photo is courtesy of Beth from Bland Properties

This expectional "museum piece" half doll was just auctioned on eBay and commanded the highest price, that was ever paid for a half doll on eBay. The outstanding half doll was made by Dressel & Kister of Passau/Bavaria. The lovely lady wears a blue cap and carries a basket atop of her head. The basket is filled with multi-colored very fine flowers (every single flower is formed by hand). A dove is molded to the rim of the basket.  The doll is clearly marked with the bishop`s crozier and measures 7" in height. Molding and painting are amazingly fine done. This half doll was sold for ..... WOW! unbelievable ...... 10.600 US$ = 8500 Euro. Congratulations to the winners and a big THANK YOU to Beth from Bland Properties / Missouri, who kindly granted permission to use her photos. THIS doll is truly everything .... but not bland!


Photo is courtesy of Shona & Marc Lorrin from their book THE HALF DOLL Vol. 5

This half doll was also made by Dressel & Kister and is actually a sister to the above mentioned doll. HOWEVER, the basket atop of the head doesn`t originate from Dressel & Kister and it is NOT ORIGINAL to the doll. As per statement of German D&K collectors, who had the chance to examine this particular doll a few years ago, is there a hole in the head of the doll. Obviously the original basket was broken off and the damage resp. the hole is covered with a basket from an unknown manufacturer. The quality of the flowers and the basket is worse and not comparable with the Dressel & Kister quality and this "odd" basket is virtually too small for the doll. In my opinion is this a poor repair and this doll is worth a fraction of the lovely D&K doll with the original basket.

Sonntag, 10. Juni 2012


This post is introducing four prominent royal ladies in the form of beautiful antique half dolls. Empress Eugenie of France; Maria Theresia, the Empress of Austria; Elisabeth (Elizabeth) of Austria, known as: SISSI; and Empress Augusta. The half dolls are made by the German firm Wm. Goebel of Oeslau/Bavaria. All the half dolls are marked with the Goebel crown mark. The names in red are the descriptions of the dolls to find in the old Goebel catalogues from c. 1920.

Franz Detleff and William Goebel founded the Goebel porcelain factory in 1871. The history of the Goebel factory can be found in their webpage at : 

These half dolls are representing EMPRESS EUGENIE OF FRANCE (1855)
She was the last Empress consort of the French from 1853 to 1871 as the wife of Napoleon III, Emperor of the French. 

These half dolls are representing MARIA THERESIA, EMPRESS OF AUSTRIA, with crown (1760). She was the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions and started her 40-year reign in 1740. She was the wife of Francis Stephen of Lorraine and had sixteen children, including Queen Marie Antoinette of France, Queen Maria Carolina of Naples and two Holy Roman Emperors, Joseph II and Leopold II. The Empress is buried in the Kaisergruft/Kapuzinergruft (Imperial Crypt) in Vienna (well worth a visit!) next to her husband in an coffin (of enormous size) along with the bodies of 145 Habsburg royalties.

One photo was taken from the book THE HALF DOLL and related items, makers and values by Shona & Marc Lorrin, Vol. 6, photo is courtesy of "The Lorrins"
These half dolls putting a ring on the finger are representing ELIZABETH OF AUSTRIA (1860), Lady with Ring. Elisabeth of Austria (24 December 1837 - 10 September 1898), today a historical icon, was the spouse of Franz Joseph I. From an early age, she was called SISI or SISSI by family and friends. In the German-speaking world, Elisabeth's name is often associated with a trilogy of romantic films about her life which starred a teenage Romy Schneider.

This half doll represents PRINCESS WILHELM OF PRUSSIA, LATER EMPRESS AUGUSTA with Diadem (1850). Kaiserin Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein (22 October 1858 – 11 April 1921) was the last German Empress and Queen of Prussia. She was married to Wilhelm (William) II., who was the last German Emperor.