In the antique doll world, there are certain names that immediately pique your interest. Examples include the dolls produced by Bru, Jumeau, Schmitt, Steiner and Gebruder Heubach. But, the dolls from these firms can also cause much confusion, and, at times, much financial loss.
In the antique world, you can find out a lot by just walking around and observing the activity at a show. The economy is on everyone’s lips and what the market – the antique market – is doing is a major part of every conversation.
I always enjoy reading the Antique Trader, having been in the antique business for more than 35 years. I’m not an active dealer now, but I still look and buy things of a special nature.
Recently I was asked to look at a collection of foreign dolls left to a daughter by her grandparents. The daughter had inherited all of the grandparents’ possessions and was overwhelmed. She needed some advice, “What should I toss and what should I try to sell?”
Katzhutte, a tiny village in the central eastern part of Germany known as Thuringia, was the unplanned site of what would become one of the largest porcelain manufacturers in the world. The village had once thrived as a center for iron-smelting, but by the 1800s the buildings sat empty.
In 1814, Samuel Hill opened the doors of the Hill Pottery Company in Flemington, N.J. According to Robert C. Runge Jr. in his “Brief History of Fulper Pottery,” the company was originally formed to produce utilitarian pottery: pottery for everyday use, such as storage crocks and drain pipes.
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...
Well, the time is finally here. Since 1957, Antique Trader has undergone considerable changes for its readers and its advertisers. Since founder Ed Babka first started the magazine as the first nation-wide method to trade antiques, we have been innovating year after year. For the last few months we’ve been hard at work retooling...
Since 1957, Antique Trader has undergone considerable changes for its readers and its advertisers. Since founder Ed Babka first started the magazine as the first nation-wide method to trade antiques, we have been innovating year after year.
Redesigning a magazine is a lot like planning a large holiday dinner: It takes a lot of planning, you want to serve up your favorites, offer something fresh and everyone should be comfortable. With a new era of the hobby upon us, collectors are looking for new ways to interact with their precious objects....