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: 12 July 2019

Horsman value and price guide

What's your 'Horsman' worth? Here are some recently sold items (USA):

Picture Title Date sold Price
'ella Cinders' Composition Doll By 04/2019 $525.00
Ella Cinders 1988 Doll 17 Vinyl C H Body 04/2019 $429.00
1925 Charactor Doll Ella Cinders By In 04/2019 $595.00
Adopt A Platinum Blond 35 1959 Princess 05/2019 $259.00
'ella Cinders' Composition Doll By 1925 04/2019 $275.00
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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.
►reply: Here I found a page about identifying Horsman dolls on dollreference.com.