Horsman dolls Inc.

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

Babyland Rag Dolls

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 painted or molded hair, wigs, and sleepy (painted) eyes.

Can't break Em' dolls

From 1909 the toy firm used a new production process to make the 'Can't break Em' dolls. In the 1930s Horsman bought the Louis Amberg & Son doll company which was their competitor at the time and continued to make 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.

Updated: 25 November 2019

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Horsman value and price guide

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

Picture Title Date Price
horsman dimples composition cloth doll 24 blue Horsman Dimples Composition Cloth Doll 24 Blue... 06/2021 C $649.45
new 1988 horsman ella cinders doll 17 in original New 1988 Horsman Ella Cinders Doll 17 In Original... 07/2021 C $432.96
rare 1960 s horsman mary poppins 36 play pal size Rare 1960 S Horsman Mary Poppins 36 Play Pal Size... 05/2021 C $315.45
1996 horsman ella cinders doll 17 vinyl cloth body 1996 Horsman Ella Cinders Doll 17 Vinyl Cloth Body... 04/2021 C $342.66
1996 horsman ella cinders doll 17 vinyl cloth body 1996 Horsman Ella Cinders Doll 17 Vinyl Cloth Body... 05/2021 C $342.66
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Comments (32)
Lilo - July 20, 2021
I got the stall when I was three maybe four I would like some information if possible on it this would’ve been in the 60s. It has the number 256B It’s in a little Santa outfit is softbodied. Won’t let me post pictures
I can't find any Horsman dolls with Santa outfit, sorry!
Tracy - July 20, 2021
I have a doll here that has "A Horsman Doll" on the back of her head, but a tag on the clothing says Made in Hong Kong. She is mostly porcelain to include her hair. Any idea what this would be worth?
It really depends. They are usually a couple of dollars up to 10-20 USD. Find the group 'Let's ID our dolls' on Facebook and post some pics there, hopefully someone there knows more.
Deb - March 10, 2021
I have two dolls. One clearly marked A Horsman which used to cry and believed to be from 1941... the other looks pretty much the same but with different colored hair , eyes and dress ( I cannot find markings on this one). Looking for any help.
Debbie - March 5, 2021
My Mom just gave me her doll. She says it’s name was Rosie Ogrady. It has A Horsman on back of head. I can not seem to find information on it except one that kind of looks like it on eBay but even they don’t have a name listed. I just wanted to put a name to it and maybe it’s worth. Thanks
Ann - February 14, 2021
I have a 1924 e .l. Horseman doll body is material hard and arms and legs are ceramic.any idea what she’s worth
Susie - February 8, 2021
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I have a pair of white doll shoes that say Horsman RS27 1987 on the bottom. Do you know what doll these go to by chance?
Connie - January 24, 2021
What would a 1939's Gold medal baby doll marked A horsman Doll be worth? teeth visible. chubby legs. Thank you
Hi, have a look here for some prices, maybe you can find yours or similar ones: Horsman Gold Medal baby dolls.
Barbara - January 7, 2021
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I have this older girl EIH doll & can’t find anything close to her!
Joy - December 22, 2020
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I’m looking for a horsman doll like this with blue pajama bottoms, platinum hair,and eyes that don’t open. I don’t really know what she was called.
Jana - October 28, 2020
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I have a composition doll marked E.I.H. Co. on the back. It has sleep eyes, open smiling mouth (4 teeth visible) and short blond curly hair, cloth body with composition arms and legs. Please see picture. I would appreciate any help in identifying this doll. Also, if anyone is interested in buying her, I would be willing to discuss. Thanks.
Probably 1920s Horsman doll, also try the 'Let's ID Our Dolls' Facebook group. If I get any message I'll forward them.
Nana - October 9, 2020
horsman doll
Any information on this horseman doll?
Cj - September 6, 2020
I have a 1967 Horsman Doll . She is approximately 18" long, blue eyes and an orange dress with lace on it. She has a recorder in her and did cry when new. But the recorder no longer works. The number on her head is 2733 and reads 15 eye under that. She also has a 20 stamped on her head just above the Horsman Name. I am trying to find out how many were made, the original price of the doll in 1967, and if the recorder in her can be fixed? Any help in this matter is appreciated.
Best is to contact members of this Facebook page: Let's ID Our Dolls. They can surely help you with this.
Diane - August 27, 2020
blessed event doll 20
Is this baby a Horsman doll? She has the Number "20" on the back of her neck. I am guessing from 1949-54. Appreciate any information you may have Thanks !!!
It's a Ideal Blessed Event doll from the 1950's.
Susanne - August 4, 2020
Does anyone have any info on a doll marking of raised letters “HORSMAN”? There are no other identification marks that I can find.
Sandra - August 2, 2020
I have a horsman doll but I for the like me don't know what doll it is and I cannot find it nowhere when I search for the dolls I'm trying to find somewhere where I can take a picture and send it so I can get more information on it I got it at a yard sale last year and she looks pretty vintage so I was just wanting more information on it
Janis - July 29, 2020
I am trying to find out what my Vintage 1950s Horsman Hanes Merrichild Advertising Baby Doll might be worth and where I can find information on it. I know it is 1951.
Sorry, no idea. They are quite rare and you don't see them often on eBay.
Mike - July 14, 2020
I purchased an old barn. In it I found a Horsman doll. On the back of the head is stamped Horsman Dolls Inc 22
Check out this page to see if you can find yours: Horsman 22.
Mary - July 6, 2020
I have a 25” Hoseman, nr.3957, blueOriginal box and dress.
Jennifer - June 28, 2020
Can you tell me about my doll? Only says Horsman doll inc 256Large baby 12months clothes, blond hair, hazel eyes, green satin dress with white shoes.Her eyes open and close.
Hi Jennifer, I don't anything about your doll, but you could have a look here for prices: Horsman Doll 256.
Amy - May 5, 2020
I inherited a Horsman doll when my step-mother passed away a few years ago. I would appreciate help identifying it and selling it. I am not interested in making money off of it, I just want it to go to someone who wants it, rather than donating it to Goodwill or throwing it in the trash. It's about 21" long, with a nice white dress and dark hair in ringlets. Thank you for your help with this.
Not sure, but you could have a look here on this page to see if you can find yours: Horsman 21 inch dolls.
Debbie - March 6, 2020
What would a 1970 Horsman 17" Baby Tweaks Doll have cost brand new in 1970? Just wondering...
Hi there! They were around USD 6.99 at the time.
Sheila - March 5, 2020
I had a large Horsman cloth body vinyl head and limbs doll with molded hair. I am looking to find one like it. This was late 60’s early 70’s! Any ideas? She had blue eyes that opened and closed.
Maybe you could browse on this page to see if you can find the one you're looking for: Horsman Cloth Dolls.
Stacy - February 21, 2020
Hi, I am trying to find out which 1970 18" Horsman hard plastic, cloth body baby doll had the side glancing eyes. What was her name and do you know her original outfit? Thank you!
Difficult... You could try and search for Horsman 18 inch dolls to see if you can find yours or a similar doll.
Jeannie - January 30, 2020
I have a doll that is dressed in plaid with an arm wrapped up as if broken. The back of his neck actually says Horsnam which is a misspelling. He also has a plaid hat, red shirt, and plaid shorts. Not sure of year. Also has the numbers 67111 and 2508 EYE on it.
I've searched but I'm afraid I can't find anything on your misspelled 'horsnam' doll. I did find 67111 though, a black doll with a price of around 15 USD but not sure if that's yours.
Marie - December 16, 2019
I have a Horsman doll with 1977 on it. She has been played with a lot but still in good shape. Any idea of a value?
Hi, look here to see if you can find yours: Horsman dolls 1977.
Jayne - November 10, 2019
I have 2 Jerry Mahoney ventriloquist dummy dolls marked ' Horsman dolls inc.' and an a larger Unmarked Knucklehead Smiff ventriloquist dummy. Can you tell me what year they were manufactured? The strings controlling their mouths are broken, what is approximate value in this condition? Where could I have them repaired? Thank you.
Not a huge expert on these dolls, maybe you could better ask here: dapperdummies.com. Check out this page for Horsman ventriloquist dolls.
Donna - October 18, 2019
I have had a Horsman doll for about 50 years, given to me by my grandmother. She has been dressed in authentic nun habit, probably done by a local sister. She is still in the original Horsman box, although the transparent cellophane has been torn off. How would I find a value, if any?
You could follow the listing with a Horsman nun to see where the bidding ends: Horsman nun.
Cindy - September 5, 2019
I inherited 2 horsman dolls, most likely from the 1920s. One has a cloth tag, possible porcelain in good shape. The other has eyes the open and close and 2 teeth showing. Is the a wholesale buyer I can sell these to? I'm not interested in putting them on ebay, craigslist, etc.
Not sure, I'm sorry. You could search on Google for 'we buy antique dolls', maybe you'll find a wholesale buyer.
Jane - September 5, 2019
I am looking for an original Ruthie dress. Navy blue with a pink and white apron and a white collar. Thank you.
I'll forward any message I get Jane! Also try this link now and then to see if one pops up: Horsman Ruthie.
Teresa - August 15, 2019
I recently purchased 2 model numbers 13731 never been out of boxes life size drinkee walker dolls. What are they worth?
Sorry, can't find any info on this number. There are not many for sale right now, but you could try this page now and then to see if yours pops up: Horsman Drinkee Walker
Gerald - 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?
Betty - 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.
Here I found a page about identifying Horsman dolls on dollreference.com.