Michele Smith, an antique dealer from the Northeast, says she has a customer looking for a “Bru Smiler.” Michele writes, “While I am not a doll dealer, I occasionally come across dolls and I thought I knew what a Bru looked like, but the pictures I have seen of Bru dolls...
Dolls traditionally have been items of beauty. Beautiful costumes, long curls and sweet faces attracted the little girls who spent hours playing with their dolls.
The hobby of doll collecting has changed in the many years I have been involved. In the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, the prices of dolls were low and collectors tended to buy what they liked or thought was pretty.
When the name Schuco is mentioned in the doll and toy world, we think of wonderful mechanical toys with sophisticated movements and high quality workmanship. The company was the dream of Heinrich Muller, a creative genius.
While great variety can be found in the faces of bisque, china, wax, wood and Parian antique dolls, even more variety can be found in the faces of dolls made of cloth. Cloth dolls have been popular throughout history.
Souvenir, ethnic dolls or travel dolls have been around for as long as people have traveled. The value of these dolls is usually more in the memories of the trip than in the value of the doll itself.
Dolls can be found in all sizes, but many collectors today are searching for the small all-bisque dolls from Germany, France and from Japan. As doll collections grow and display space diminishes, a collector always can find a spot for a small doll. Smaller houses, condos and apartment lend themselves to...