• 10
    Oct

Single-Owner Collection of Antique French, German Dolls to go on the Block

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – A nice, single-owner collection of more than 125 rare and vintage dolls—nearly all of them made in France and Germany between the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries—will be sold at auction Saturday, Oct. 23, by Browne Auction Specialists at the American Legion Hall in Blue Springs, just outside Kansas City. The […]

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  • 20
    Sep

The Collector’s Minute: Ellis Maple Dolls

Identification of dolls can be difficult, hindered by the fact many are unmarked, some manufacturers made parts for other doll makers and the market has generated a lot of reproductions. What can help though is learning some characteristics that are almost unique to certain makers, such as in the case of the dolls created by […]

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  • 24
    Mar

Reproduction or Antique? How Best to Enhance a Doll Collection

When talking with a doll collector, the conversation inevitably turns to those dolls that make up our “dolly dreams.” We secretly envision going to a yard, garage or estate sale where we find that elusive doll sitting on a box or shelve wearing an impatient look that says: “Well, I have been waiting all day […]

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  • 24
    Feb

How Much Is That Dolly In The Window?

In the world of antiques, just because something is old does not make it particularly valuable. Likewise, just because a doll is old does not mean you have secured your retirement. Since I have mentioned the word “antique,” I’ll take a moment to define what doll collectors consider an antique, versus a vintage doll. In […]

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  • 17
    Nov

A Life Well Lived

A Life Well Lived

By Laurie McGill

On June 18, 2008 I turned on my computer to find an email from the Tudor Family:

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  • 12
    Oct

The Parisian Poupée….French Fashion Dolls

The exact purpose of French Fashion dolls have caused much speculation. There are few if any unaware that Paris, France has a long history of defining what the current ideals of fashion and beauty are.

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  • 12
    Oct

Goodyear Rubber Head Dolls

American Charles Goodyear was born in 1800 and died in 1860. His father Amasa Goodyear was a pioneer in the manufacture of American hardware and was the inventor of a steel hayfork which replaced the heavy iron fork. The invention of the steel hay fork expedited and thus lightened the labor of field work. His father also manufactured the first pearl buttons made in America.

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  • 7
    Oct

Doll Collecting Traces Roots to the 18th Century

Organized Doll Collecting Traces Roots to the 18th Century

By Laurie McGill

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  • 6
    Oct

Doll Terminology

Doll Terminology

By Laurie McGill

The following is a list of frequently used doll terms, based in part on the Glossary, published by the United Federation of Doll Clubs in 1978, and Jan Foulke’s 12th Blue Book of Dolls & Values, published by Hobby House Press, Inc.

All-Bisque: a miniature doll, typically under 12 inches, made entirely of bisque.

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  • 28
    Sep

Wax Dolls…Poured, Reinforced or Wax Over?

The production of wax dolls began in the late 1700’s and continued into the early 1900’s. The vast majority of poured wax dolls were produced in England by doll makers such as Pierotti, Montanari, Meech, Peck and Marsh. Henry Pierotti made the first baby dolls and used the children of Queen Victoria as models. These dolls are known as Royal Model Babies.

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