Everything from farm toys and action figures, to antique dolls and antique doll clothes can be found at Iowa’s largest doll and toy show, slated for March 10. Read More +
A multimillion-dollar three-day dual auction extravaganza is planned Nov. 28-30, 2012, in Fairfield, Maine. The back-to-back cataloged auctions are filled with two full days of fine glass and lamps followed by toys, dolls, antique advertising, coin-op, music machines, salesman samples and more. Read More +
Virtually unprecedented in doll auction history was Theriault’s offering two renowned international museum collections in a back-to-back two-day event in New Orleans July 22-23. In the end, a new record was set for American dolls. Read More +
I am happy to report that the doll collecting world is alive and well. I have just returned from the annual United Federation of Doll Clubs convention in New Orleans. Antique doll lovers did what they do best: shop! Read More +
Two collections of antique dolls, furnishings, fashions, doll houses, miniatures and an important half doll collection will be offered June 16-17, 2012 by Frasher’s Doll Auction. Bebes from Jumeau, Steiner, Bru, Rabery and Delphieu will cross the block along with dolls from the 1930-1950 era, including Raggedy Ann, Shirley Temple dolls, Nancy Ann Storybook dolls and Alexander dolls. Read More +
After visiting five national vintage doll shows, columnist and expert Sherry Minton says attendance is up and the dealers have been selling. However, show demographics have changed: No longer are shows attracting dealers from long distances and the buyers seem to be from a 100-mile radius. Advertising is concentrated on local fliers, antique shops, newspapers and local TV stations. Read More +
One of the more elusive of tin windup toys, the Boxer Rebellion clockwork toy by Lehmann is one of only a handful known to exist. This detailed toy with political undertones is in exceptional original condition and comes to … Read More +
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 +
Faith Bradford (1880-1970) spent a great deal of her life creating and collecting miniatures. After her retirement from the Library of Congress in 1949, Bradford contacted the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum to offer them her exhibit, as she never married … Read More +
Speaking of Dolls columnist Sherry Minton advises all buyers of vintage and antique dolls to inspect a doll’s body before it is purchased. There’s no telling what repairs, swaps and new parts that could have been added to the doll – all of which can change the doll’s value.
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