New Snow Babies from Old MoldsBy Mark Chervenka
New Snow Babies from Old Molds
More bisque pieces from original molds owned by The German Doll Company (GDC) continue to appear in the market. GDC is a present-day company formed in 1998. They have purchased a large cache of original molds from turn-of-the-century German porcelain factories and have been putting the molds back in production. New products have the same molded marks as original pieces such as Germany and various four digit numbers.
New pieces so far have included bisque mermaids, bathing beauties, bisque novelties and Kewpies. Offerings also included Snow Baby figures. The figures get their name from "snowflakes" of crushed, pebble-like ceramic snow which covers part or all their bodies. Figures are small, ranging in size from one to six inches.
Original Snow Baby figures were produced from about 1910 to the late 1930s in Germany. Shipments were suspended during WW I and ended entirely with the beginning of WW II in the late 1930s.
Prices for the new pieces shown here were $75 for the sledders; $78 for the pair of skaters. Vintage sledders with two figures can sell for up to $200-$300; skaters can bring $125-$150 and up each.