Antique doll collectors still attending shows but sticking close to home

antique doll show display

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 +

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 +