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 in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
19 e8j c1884 bisque bebe by emile jumeau doll w 19 E8j C1884 Bisque Bebe By Emile Jumeau Doll W 07/2021 C $8 235.97
wonderful fg size 9 double rows of teeth Wonderful Fg Size 9 Double Rows Of Teeth 07/2021 C $6 915.70
volks sd17 andre grandier french guard ver dolpa super Volks Sd17 Andre Grandier French Guard Ver Dolpa Super 09/2021 C $6 293.81
29 french bourgoin bebe aveline doll series c j steiner 29 French Bourgoin Bebe Aveline Doll Series C J Steiner 08/2021 C $5 658.30
french bebe bru jne 5 doll head new kid body p833 French Bebe Bru Jne 5 Doll Head New Kid Body P833 07/2021 C $5 457.12
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