The earliest Golliwog dolls were simple, unjointed rag
dolls made by parents for their children, and many sewing
patterns were available. Many thousands were made, but
these early versions of the Golliwog are eagerly sought
out by collectors today. During the early twentieth
century, many prominent doll manufacturers began producing
Golliwog dolls. The major Golliwog producers were Steiff,
Schuco, and Levin, all three Germany companies, and
Merrythought and Deans, both from Great Britain.
The Steiff Company is the most notable maker of Golliwog
dolls. In 1908 Steiff became the first company to mass
produce and distribute Golliwog dolls. Today, these early
Steiff dolls sell for $10,000 to $15,000 each, making them
the most expensive Golliwog collectibles. Some Steiff
Golliwogs have been especially offensive, for example, in
the 1970s they produced a Golliwog who looked like a
woolly haired gorilla. In 1995, on the 100th anniversary
of the Golliwog creation, Steiff produced two Golliwog
dolls, including the company's first girl Golliwog.
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