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In 1865, Edward Imeson Horsman started a toy and doll company in New York City and became an leader in the doll industry.

In the beginning, they produced the trademarked name of 'Babyland Rag Dolls' an all cloth doll, a variety of Mama and Baby composition dolls wearing wigs, molded or painted hair, sleep or painted eyes.

From 1909 they used a new formula to make 'Can't break Em' dolls. In 1930 the Horsman company acquired the Louis Amberg & Son doll company (their competitor) and continued to produce some of their dolls notably the Vanta Baby.

In October 1933 Horsman was purchased and became a subsidiary of the Regal Doll Manufacturing Company, by the 1980's the Horsman name was sold to an Asian company and produced dolls under the name 'Horsman Ltd.'. Today the dolls are made in Hong Kong.

Horsman markings & identification

Some Horsman doll markings:

Some series were unmarked. Usually heads had markings from other manufacturers.

Horsman value

What's it worth? Take a look at this Horsman price guide: sold listings for a value indication.

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Gerald Glass - March 22, 2015

I Have recently purchased a doll on eBay that was advertised as a Horsman doll. The markings don't match up with what I've seen. There is an H.with a copyright sign and a C. on the back of the neck. Do you have any idea what this doll can be?
►reply: Not sure... maybe you can better check out the references on this website: Horsman dolls

Betty Conner - November 5, 2011

Have doll marked E.I.H.Co.IFC with a "C" with a period inside the C surrounded by a circle. 26" tall, open mouth, dimples, cloth body and upper legs, rest plastic/bisque? Would like to identify - need money to support mother in assisted living.
►reply: Here I found a page about identifying Horsman dolls on dollreference.com.