French dolls

Though not always manufactured in France, the French doll has become a high comodity in toy history. Many of the early french dolls were made in Germany and given French character. The only French connections are the costume, the accessories, and the labeled box. Later the French dolls were custom made while the German dolls were mass-produced. More detail was given to marketing and wardrobe. French dolls were later made in New York.

WWI and French dolls

During the World War I when Germany once again began to manufacture dolls for the French export market. After the war the French took back their doll market. Their product was grandious. We can find closed mouth "French" dolls conceived in the 1920's that can attest to one made in the 1880's and almost can fool an expert.

German and French types

Commonly any high quality unmarked doll is instantly denoted French, and any poor quality doll is considered German, wrong. The French made many assembly line mediocre dolls. Though documented The Germans were the best modelers, with the dolls looking more life like real children. The French dolls of even finest quality were over decorated.

French doll makers

Examples of French makers are:

Updated: 8 October 2019

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French Doll value and price guide

What's your French Doll worth? Here are some recently sold items.

Picture Title Date Price
france 24 old doll sfbj 60 paris 24 french doll France 24 Old Doll Sfbj 60 Paris 24 French Doll... 03/2021 £140.89
original 1990s toy story woody talking doll brand Original 1990s Toy Story Woody Talking Doll Brand... 03/2021 £149.00
head of old doll closed mouth polychrome glass Head Of Old Doll Closed Mouth Polychrome Glass... 03/2021 £12.89
wooden spool french knitting doll Wooden Spool French Knitting Doll... 03/2021 £8.99
1 6 scale ss085 french special forces coat model 1 6 Scale Ss085 French Special Forces Coat Model... 03/2021 £8.79
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