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: 25 November 2019

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Comments (12)
Debbie - March 6, 2020
What would a 1970 Horsman 17" Baby Tweaks Doll have cost brand new in 1970? Just wondering...
Hi there! They were around USD 6.99 at the time.
Sheila - March 5, 2020
I had a large Horsman cloth body vinyl head and limbs doll with molded hair. I am looking to find one like it. This was late 60’s early 70’s! Any ideas? She had blue eyes that opened and closed.
Maybe you could browse on this page to see if you can find the one you're looking for: Horsman Cloth Dolls.
Stacy - February 21, 2020
Hi, I am trying to find out which 1970 18" Horsman hard plastic, cloth body baby doll had the side glancing eyes. What was her name and do you know her original outfit? Thank you!
Difficult... You could try and search for Horsman 18 inch dolls to see if you can find yours or a similar doll.
Jeannie - January 30, 2020
I have a doll that is dressed in plaid with an arm wrapped up as if broken. The back of his neck actually says Horsnam which is a misspelling. He also has a plaid hat, red shirt, and plaid shorts. Not sure of year. Also has the numbers 67111 and 2508 EYE on it.
I've searched but I'm afraid I can't find anything on your misspelled 'horsnam' doll. I did find 67111 though, a black doll with a price of around 15 USD but not sure if that's yours.
Marie - December 16, 2019
I have a Horsman doll with 1977 on it. She has been played with a lot but still in good shape. Any idea of a value?
Hi, look here to see if you can find yours: Horsman dolls 1977.
Jayne - November 10, 2019
I have 2 Jerry Mahoney ventriloquist dummy dolls marked ' Horsman dolls inc.' and an a larger Unmarked Knucklehead Smiff ventriloquist dummy. Can you tell me what year they were manufactured? The strings controlling their mouths are broken, what is approximate value in this condition? Where could I have them repaired? Thank you.
Not a huge expert on these dolls, maybe you could better ask here: dapperdummies.com. Check out this page for Horsman ventriloquist dolls.
Donna - October 18, 2019
I have had a Horsman doll for about 50 years, given to me by my grandmother. She has been dressed in authentic nun habit, probably done by a local sister. She is still in the original Horsman box, although the transparent cellophane has been torn off. How would I find a value, if any?
You could follow the listing with a Horsman nun to see where the bidding ends: Horsman nun.
Cindy - September 5, 2019
I inherited 2 horsman dolls, most likely from the 1920s. One has a cloth tag, possible porcelain in good shape. The other has eyes the open and close and 2 teeth showing. Is the a wholesale buyer I can sell these to? I'm not interested in putting them on ebay, craigslist, etc.
Not sure, I'm sorry. You could search on Google for 'we buy antique dolls', maybe you'll find a wholesale buyer.
Jane - September 5, 2019
I am looking for an original Ruthie dress. Navy blue with a pink and white apron and a white collar. Thank you.
I'll forward any message I get Jane! Also try this link now and then to see if one pops up: Horsman Ruthie.
Teresa - August 15, 2019
I recently purchased 2 model numbers 13731 never been out of boxes life size drinkee walker dolls. What are they worth?
Sorry, can't find any info on this number. There are not many for sale right now, but you could try this page now and then to see if yours pops up: Horsman Drinkee Walker
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.
Here I found a page about identifying Horsman dolls on dollreference.com.