Doll steam engines

Doll & Co. was founded in Nüremburg, Germany in 1898 by John Sondheim and tinsmith Peter Doll. The company had a variety of both steam engines and steam toys, and were widely distributed throughout Europe, the UK and the United States. Doll made and sold model steam engines as well as other steam toys and accessories such as tractors, saw mills, fountains and a Ferris Wheel. The company were large exporters, sending most of their wares to England and the United States.

Max Bein, Sondheim's nephew, joined the company just before the outbreak of the WW1 as a third partner. After WW1, the manufacturing of model steam engines continued in the 1920s and 1930s together with that of trains, a steam car and a lorry.

Doll was bought up by Fleischmann around 1935 due to the Aryanization laws -the original founders were Jewish- and at first carried on under its old name (strangely enough, the Fleischmann family was also of Jewish origins, but managed to obtain an 'Aryan' certificate, whereas Doll did not).

Max Bein and his family managed to escape Germany and the horrors of the Holocaust, winding up in the United States, and settling in the Boston area. After the war, Fleischmann offered to return the company back to the original owners, but they declined, accepting a buyout of their shares instead.

For a more in-depth story about the Bein family and what happend when they fled to the States, read this article on jewmag.com

See also Fleischmann steam models

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Comments (5)
David - November 24, 2020
Can you please help me by dating this Doll 346/2 vertical engine. Any other info. about it would also be much appreciated. David
Sorry, no idea. Maybe other visitors know more, or you could try Facebook. There are some groups with model steam engine collectors.
David - July 28, 2020
I inherited my late fathers vertical Doll steam engine which still runs, albeit on air. I can send a photo. I don’t want to sell this beautiful model but very interested in its history.
Sure, send a picture to info@fabtintoys.com
Leonard - December 27, 2019
Good morning,I have had a Doll Et Cie model engine for Christmas,which requires restoring.I have been told that the model is a 338/3,do you know where I may be able to obtain parts for this model Len
Hi Len, great Xmas gift you got there! Very difficult to find parts... try the link in the comment below for a dedicated forum. Some Fleischmann engines are practical the same, so you also might want to look in that direction.
Jim - October 21, 2018
I have a doll model 352 steam engine that my brother and I shared in the early 1950's. He kept it after we left our parent's house. He died and when cleaning out his stuff I found it. It has been taken apart but all the parts are there. Who could I contact to see it's value? Thanks
Well, you could try this forum.
Woody - August 2, 2013
I recently purchased a burned out fire box steam engine, with good boiler and excellent cast base. The base is stemped Doll