Three winter antique doll shows uncover surprising rarities and new arrivals

This winter has been a long one, but it’s time for buyers and sellers to be able to get out and do what they love to do — buy and sell. Since the last week in January, I have participated in the IDEX Premiere (a doll and bear trade show), the Leesburg Doll Show, the St. Petersburg Doll Show and attended the Renninger’s Extravaganza in Mt. Dora. The verdict: last year was not so good, but what we have been seeing so far might bring smiles back to the faces of collectors and dealers.
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Speaking of Dolls: Simon & Halbig left legacy of variety and unfailing quality

Carl Halbig and Wilhelm Simon in 1869 founded a porcelain factory for the production of toys and dolls in the Waltershausen (Grafenhain) area of Thuringia, Germany. The production of dolls could be found in many areas of Germany but the Waltershausen area had a reputation for quality doll production. Here could be found the raw materials necessary for doll production such as Kaolin for porcelain, abundant forests with wood for the kilns and for doll parts and, most important, much inexpensive labor both skilled and unskilled.
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Son’s inheritance: Vintage sawdust doll worth $300

"My mother left me this doll. I know that my mom has had this doll forever, and she told me that it was given to her when she was just a young child. As far as I can tell, there are no markings on the head or the body. But I just wondered if you could possibly tell me who might have made this doll, maybe how old it might be and what the value might be." Read More +

Speaking of Dolls: Some dolls are worth the wait

A common complaint often voiced by doll collectors is, “Why did I buy this?” This is especially true of early acquisitions. When we start collecting, we often are tempted to buy anything and almost everything that has two arms and two legs. Hopefully, with research, reading, observation and networking with other doll people, this frenzy will quickly pass. Read More +