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.
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.
Early Papier Mache Dolls….Delicate Beauties
China invented Papier mache and was using it during the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD) to make helmets which were covered with many layers of lacquer to strengthen them. If you check the dictionary for the etymology of Papier Macheit it is French and literally means chewed paper.
Collecting Antique Dolls ….How Do I Start?
Whenever someone visits my home I frequently hear “Oh you collect dolls” followed by “Where do you find them”. I have always loved antiques and have collected a variety of things beginning in my early 20’s, my love affair with dolls began with a visit to a local historical building that is a hotel and also features a wonderful restaurant.
Kate Moss, Latin Art, a Gold Rush Coin, & Insuring Collectibles
In eccentric collectibles, model Kate Moss drops a hair extension in Berlin that results in bids on eBay and in fine art, a contested painting sets a new record for a Latin work. Iowan floods that brought the heartbreaking loss of a baseball legend’s memorabilia prompts an article on sports collectibles insurance, a Gold Rush-era coin is put on display, and a doll hits the big screen.
Francisco Vargas wax dolls
i am looking fo9r someone whose is knowlegeable in Fransico Vargas wax dolls. ABOUT THE ARTIST: Born in 1825, Francisco Vargas Sr. was a native of Mexico who arrived in the United States by covered wagon in 1864 and found his way to New Orleans several years later. By 1875, he had set up shop on Royal Street, making wax sculptures, a trade he had learned as a boy from a Jesuit priest.
Queen of Barbies: Meet Melissa Musselman
When the Durham National Heritage Museum hosted a successful exhibition of Barbie collectibles in 2001, Melissa Musselman decided to take it to the next level. She tried to organize a national touring exhibition of the collectibles, which included the best items from 30 top Barbie experts.
1910 Collectors Barbie
I have a 1910 Hallmark 85 year commerative barbie in the box unopened and want to get a sell price.
The Golliwogg Character: Historical Icon or Racist Symbol ?
Created in the 1870s by Florence Upton in England, the Golliwogg was a caricature used in advertisements all over Europe. It seldom appeared in the United States, however.
It was made into a doll by Steiff of Germany in 1902. If you have one of these dolls today it could be worth upwards of $10,000.
There’s A New Boy in Town, Ken Carson
Barbie™ was introduced to us in 1959, but what about her boyfriend Ken™ – full name, Ken Carson?