Thursday, 17 October 2019

A German gentleman

Today I'd like to show you a doll made in Sonneberg, former East Germany, by one of the VEB (abbr. of Volkseigener Betrieb, transl. Publicly Owned Enterprise) toy manufacturers, possibly Waltershausen or Sonni. I couldn't determine the age of this doll, but if I had to take a guess I would place it in the mid to late seventies. His clothes and hair-do are inspired by the mid to late 18th century fashion.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

My doll is 39 cm tall and doesn't have any markings. It possibly is a souvenir doll from the Sanssouci Castle in Potsdam, but that's only a guess. I found a picture on Ebay of a similar doll that was purchased in the souvenir shop of this castle.

This doll is slightly smaller, 36 cm.

Photo courtesy of Ebay user Mokkamilcheisbar
My gentleman has a flaw in his left eye. Maybe he got wounded in a duel!

He needed some care. Flea market dolls usually do. I replaced the elastic that puts tension on the arms and washed the doll and the clothes.

Fixing the hair was fun. I added a personal touch to the ponytail by curling it.

Too much? Not in the 18th century! You can look at variations of 18th century men's hair styles here.

Giacomo Girolamo Casanova (1725-1798)


  1. What a great find, and such a handsome gentleman he is! He cleaned up well. :)

    1. Hi Xanadu, I hope to find a lady to keep him company. Thank you for your comment!