How to Determine the Value of Vintage Dolls in Your Collection

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?”

Valuing Antqiue DollsPorcelain dolls have been around for many years, and some of you might have some in your collection dating back to the turn of the century (late 1800s to early 1900s!) and World War 1. Really old dolls that are still in great shape and were part of limited runs way back when could fetch up to $300,000 these days, though you’re more likely to have dolls in your collection worth between $5 and $10,000 max.

To determine the value of a particular doll, look for a manufacturer’s stamp somewhere on the doll itself. It usually tells the year it was made. If you’re able to find a company name and/or number, “google it” and see what comes up. A lot of people like to use to check out what comparable dolls are currently going for– of course the condition of the doll really, truly matters when it comes to its value. Dolls which are closest to being “in original condition” garner the most money. Using a google or ebay search online, you’re likely to discover a doll that has been sold (or is selling) that’s quite similar to yours. Check the price and there you have it– the value of your doll.

Talk to a Professional

That said, if you’re really serious about knowing the value, it makes sense to seek out a professional appraiser with a keen interest in antique dolls. He or she probably lives and breathes “doll prices” such that you’ll get an even more accurate quote.

Meanwhile, have you seen Gigi’s antique dolls for sale on the web? To see antique French, German, Japanese and other dolls, visit here:

Most are in the “under $1,000 price range,” though Gigi’s offers a couple all the way up to $7,750– Gigi’s currently has a 10.5” rare all original Kestner in box with three character heads!

If you have any questions, you can call Gigi’s in Chicago at 773-594-1540 or email