The Evolution Of The Horsman Doll Creation

The doll company that created the Vita and Rini dolls had already been around for several decades now. Horsman Limited was founded by Edward Imeson Horsman in New York City in 1865. The company started producing dolls under the trademark of Babyland Rag Dolls which were almost entirely made of cloth ラブドール通販 . They are made of either painted or molded hair and the eyes are either painted or with sleep eyes. Then the company came up with a technology in 1909 which they coined as “Can’t break Em” dolls.

In 1930, they acquired the producer of Vanta Baby dolls which was the Louis Amberg & Son. And in a twist of events, the company was put on sale and became a subsidiary of Regal Doll Manufacturing Company in October 1933. Yet around 1980, the Horsman company was then sold to an Asian corporation which still produced the dolls until today in Hong Kong still under the name of Horsman Limited.

Some of Horsman’s oldest dolls that are still existent until today are the Babyland Rag dolls which measure from 13 inches to 28 inches. The dolls could be unmarked or marked with the label Genuine Babyland Trade Mark or some have markings of “Pat’d July 8th 1901”. The series was believed to have been designed by Albert Bruckner who was originally a lithographer by trade. In 1909, the 12-inch Billiken doll which was made in their “Can’t Break Em” structure was produced and around 200,000 dolls were sold just within in half a year from launching. This was considered the most successful series ever made by the Horsman.

In 1910, the company created the Campbell Kid dolls based on the illustrations of Grace Gebbie Wiederseim Drayton which were then sculpted and designed by Helen Trowbridge. However, they lost the licensing to manufacture the dolls to the American Character doll company. Fortunately, they were re-authorized to produce the Campbell Kid dolls in 1948. The Horsman came up with hundreds of series and after over a hundred years, the company is still one of the existing and leading companies in the doll manufacturing industry.

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