Speaking of Dolls: Oriental influence on antique china-head dolls reaches back 160 years

Modified flat top china head doll features hair that is parted in the middle and flat on top with short curls around the base.

Today as we shop for dolls, the label “Made in China” is ever present but the Oriental influence in the doll world was seen much earlier.

In 1851, Edmund Lindner, a prominent doll merchant from Sonneberg, Germany, visited the London World Exhibition. One of the doll displays that caught his eye was a group of dolls from the Orient. These dolls, unlike any others seen by Linder, were different. Most of the dolls previously produced in Germany and in France represented ladies. These Oriental dolls had youthful faces and represented young children and infants. Read More +

Brimfield’s Antique Textiles and Vintage Fashion Show opens with good sales

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The 62nd Antique Textiles Vintage Fashions Show & Sale, Sept. 5, 2011 at The Sturbridge Host Hotel and Convention Center was a full house of exhibits and also was overflowing with customers happy to find their latest additions to collections of textile oriented antiques. This very unique and specialized show produced by Linda Zukas for over 20 years in the same location three times each year on the Monday of Brimfield Week has been a phenomenal success for customers, dealers and her, all of whom were happy to be there and leave even happier. Read More +

Rare Watts & Co. coffin phone may headline wide-ranging collector auction

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DENVER, Pa. – A large percentage of the world’s population has never even seen a dial-face telephone, but that certainly wasn’t the case with the late Bill Daniels. The massive collection of antique and vintage phones that filled his home comprised a chronological archive of Alexander Graham Bell’s 1876 invention and contained models ranging from primitive turn of the 20th century curiosities to ultra-cool mid-century designs. Read More +