How to Identify Antique Bisque Dolls

First manufactured in 1860, bisque dolls have transformed from toys to treasures. These dollies can be worth serious dollars—upwards of $1000. Here’s how to identify antique bisque dolls:

Matte Finish

In order to make their skin appear more lifelike, bisque dolls feature a matte finish. This key characteristic is what separates them from traditional china dolls, which have a glossy appearance.

Authentic Materials

Heads of bisque dolls are made out of bisque—a white ceramic material. Because bisque is fragile, the rest of their bodies are constructed using a combination of leather, wood and cloth. Their facial features are hand-painted, and their wigs are constructed from human or goat hair. Finally, their eyes open and close and are made of glass.

Made in France

In the 70s and 80s, American manufacturers started to release plastic reproductions. The most valuable antique bisque dolls are made from French companies. Here are a few to look for:

  • Jumeau
  • Bru
  • Huret

The company’s name and country of origin are typically located on the back of the doll’s head.

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