Category: Dolls

The Market for Madame Alexander Dolls Is Robust

The market for Madame Alexander dolls is robust. The Alexander Doll Company was founded back in 1923 by Beatrice Alexander. She was a New York City woman who designed and sewed cloth dolls. As a businesswoman, she called herself “Madame Alexander” and came up with the smart idea to replicate famous personalities and characters in… Read more »

What Determines the Value of a Bisque Doll?

Bisque dolls had their heyday from the mid-1800s through the early 1930s, and their popularity came about because the bisque porcelain used to make them bore a nice resemblance to human skin. If you find a bisque doll from the 1930s or earlier it’s an antique. If it’s from, say, the 1970s, it’s a “reproduction”… Read more »

The Antique Era of Doll Collecting

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In the doll collecting world, there are three major eras:antique, vintage and modern. Did you know a doll’s price usually correlates with its age, such that older, antique dolls are more expensive than, say, modern dolls? It’s not always the case, but it often is. Antique Doll Era Antique dolls are dolls from before 1920…. Read more »

How to Identify an Antique Doll

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Placing Value on Antique Dolls When you want to determine the value of a doll you typically take into account its age. Older antique dolls are usually worth more money than, say, new ones you bought at Walmart this week. If you’re an antique doll collector, you know there are certain things to look for… Read more »

An Overview of Bisque Dolls

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In the late 1860s, an innovation in doll making came into being– the development of bisque dolls. Up until that time, dolls were typically glazed porcelain. Bisque dolls were different because they allowed for more realistic skin tones, since they were unglazed porcelain. Meant for Collectors Because they were and are breakable (and expensive), bisque… Read more »

The Different Materials Dolls Are Made From

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When most people think of dolls, these days, they’re probably thinking of modern day Barbies made of vinyl plastic. That said, dolls come in all shapes and sizes, made of various materials. Over the years, there have been many different materials used to create the dolls people love and cherish for generations. Carved Wood Way… Read more »

A Quick Look at Dolls and Feminism

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“Finally, a doll that looks more like me,” she said, as we strolled past the toy aisles in a giant store. “It’s about time!” Indeed, doll makers are waking up to the reality that not every girl or woman is stick-thin with blonde hair, blue eyes, big boobs, long legs, and hardly any waist. In… Read more »

Tips for Keeping Your Dolls in Good Condition

Dolls are special to people. They want to preserve them as best they can, so they look as good as new as long as possible. What are some tips for keeping dolls in good shape over the years? How to Keep Your Dolls in Tiptop Shape For starters, it’s a good idea to dust dolls… Read more »

Why Children Love Dolls

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These days, kids have all sorts of toys to choose from, but dolls remain a consistent favorite. What is about dolls that stir an affinity in children? Here is a list of some of the reasons why children love dolls: Role Play Playing with dolls allows children to use their imagination to interpret and expand… Read more »

How to Determine the Value of Vintage Dolls in Your Collection

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Doll collections can span a lifetime and then some… indeed, many mothers pass their doll collection down to daughters. How does a person determine the value of dolls in their collection, besides being “priceless?” Porcelain dolls have been around for many years, and some of you might have some in your collection dating back to… Read more »