Children of Japan

Children of Japan
Courtesy, R. John Wright

The Jumeau 201

The Jumeau 201
Courtesy Theriault's and Antique Doll Collector Magazine

Hinges and Hearts

Hinges and Hearts
An Exhibit of our Metal Dolls

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Tuxedo and Bangles

Tuxedo and Bangles

A History of Metal Dolls

A History of Metal Dolls
Now on Alibris.com and In Print! The First Book of its Kind

Alice, Commemorative Edition

Alice, Commemorative Edition
Courtesy, R. John Wright

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Emma, aka, La Contessa Bathory

Emma, aka, La Contessa Bathory
Her Grace wishes us all a Merry Christmas!

Annabelle

Annabelle

Emma Emmeline

Emma Emmeline
Our New Addition/fond of stuffed toys

Cloth Clown

Cloth Clown

Native American Art

Native American Art

the triplets

the triplets

c. 1969 Greek Plastic Mini Baby

c. 1969 Greek Plastic Mini Baby
Bought Athens on the street

Iron Maiden; Middle Ages

Iron Maiden; Middle Ages

Sand Baby Swirls!

Sand Baby Swirls!
By Glenda Rolle, courtesy, the Artist

Glenda's Logo

Glenda's Logo
Also, a link to her site

Sand Baby Castaway

Sand Baby Castaway
By Glenda Rolle, Courtesy the Artist

A French Friend

A French Friend

Mickey

Mickey
From our friends at The Fennimore Museum

2000+ year old Roman Rag Doll

2000+ year old Roman Rag Doll
British Museum, Child's Tomb

Ancient Egypt Paddle Doll

Ancient Egypt Paddle Doll
Among first "Toys?"

ushabti

ushabti
Egyptian Tomb Doll 18th Dynasty

Ann Parker Doll of Anne Boleyn

Ann Parker Doll of Anne Boleyn

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Tin Head Brother and Sister, a Recent Purchase

Tin Head Brother and Sister, a Recent Purchase
Courtesy, Antique Daughter

Judge Peep

Judge Peep

Hakata Doll Artist at Work

Hakata Doll Artist at Work
From the Museum Collection

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Japanese Costume Barbies

Japanese Costume Barbies
Samurai Ken

Etienne

Etienne
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Our Friends at The Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum

Baby Boo 1960s

Baby Boo 1960s
Reclaimed and Restored as a childhood Sabrina the Witch with Meow Meow

Dr. E's on Display with sign

Dr. E's on Display with sign

Dolls Restored ad New to the Museum

Dolls Restored ad New to the Museum
L to R: K*R /celluloid head, all bisque Artist Googly, 14 in. vinyl inuit sixties, early celluloid Skookum type.

Two More Rescued Dolls

Two More Rescued Dolls
Late Sixties Vinyl: L to R: Probably Horseman, all vinyl, jointed. New wig. R: Effanbee, probably Muffy, mid sixties. New wig and new clothing on both. About 12 inches high.

Restored Italian Baby Doll

Restored Italian Baby Doll
One of Dr. E's Rescued Residents

Dolls on Display

Dolls on Display
L to R: Nutcrackers, Danish Troll, HItty and her book, Patent Washable, Mechanical Minstrel, Creche figure, M. Alexander Swiss. Center is a German mechanical bear on the piano. Background is a bisque German costume doll.

A Few Friends

A Few Friends
These dolls are Old German and Nutcrackers from Dr. E's Museum. They are on loan to another local museum for the holidays.

Vintage Collage

Vintage Collage
Public Domain Art

The Merry Wanderer

The Merry Wanderer
Courtesy R. John Wright, The Hummel Collection

The Fennimore Doll Museum

The Fennimore Doll Museum

Robert

Robert
A Haunted Doll with a Story

Halloween Dolls Displayed in a Local Library

Halloween Dolls Displayed in a Local Library

The Cody Jumeau

The Cody Jumeau
Long-faced or Jumeau Triste

German Princesses

German Princesses
GAHC 2005

A Little PowerRanger

A Little PowerRanger
Halloween 2004

The Island of the Dolls

The Island of the Dolls
Shrine to Dolls in Mexico

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Raggedy Ann

Raggedy Ann
A few friends in cloth!

Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum, WI

Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum, WI
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Little PM sisters

Little PM sisters
Recent eBay finds

Dressed Mexican Fleas

Dressed Mexican Fleas

Really old Dolls!

Really old Dolls!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SHIRLEY TEMPLE: The girl, the woman, the dolls

SHIRLEY TEMPLE: The girl, the woman, the dolls

Kewpiesta honors an Early Suffragette; Rose O'Neill

Kewpiesta 2015
For those who love Kewpies, not that Kewpiesta is near again.  Read below more about this year's festival.  Look for more on dolls and Spring and Easter, and get your fairy gardens ready!  Look forward to July, when Theriault's will auction Shirley Temple's dolls and memories, and remember UFDC!
Kewpiesta 2015
This year's Kewpiesta Theme is Kewpies on Vacation!
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Rare Clowns
Read more about Clowns featured at this weekend's Only Child auction, and see why, inspite of what some think, I still love clowns!
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Only Child Catalogs
Catalogs for Theriault's Only Child auction are being sent as we speak!
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Ch I; With Love from Tin Lizzie
Metal dolls from the ancient world have a rich history, worth its weight in gold.
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MORE FROM ABOUT.COM
Monster High PVC Figure Frankie Stein
Madame Alexander Doll Types
Antique Doll Collector, Doll News, and More Doll Mag Reviews
Building a General Doll Collection
Ellen's Doll Collecting Blog March31st-April 4th
International Costume Dolls

More Shirley Temple News

Extra! Extra! "Shirleymania!"
With the formal announcement of the upcoming Shirley Temple Childhood Collection, I am putting a special newsletter out today featuring Shirley articles.  This week, I will begin posting my own photos of her dolls when they were on public display.
Shirley Temple Tribute
A memorial to the legendary star shortly after her death.
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Shirley Temple Identification and Price Guide by Suzanne Kraus-Mancuso
An informational guide for those who collect.  Doll Castle News also has a current, relevant Shirley article by R. Lane Herron, a legend himself in doll scholarship.
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Cross Collectible and Dolls
Doll - related nostalgia is covered.
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Shirley Temple Dolls
A Survey of various dolls; don't forget the current dolls by Danbury Mint and individual artists!
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MORE FROM ABOUT.COM
Building a General Doll Collection: Part III
Composition Dolls
Estate Dolls
Ideal Dolls
King of the Kitchen Chef Milani
Antique Doll Collector, Doll News, and More Doll Mag

Friday, March 27, 2015

Newlsetter I wrote on About.com

"The Dolls House" and other Doll Books by Rumer Godden
Godden was an avid miniature and doll collector as well as best-selling author.  Tottie, Marchpane, Little Plum, Miss Happiness, Miss Flower, Impunity Jane and other dolls populate her stories for children. Dolls peep into her adult work as well. Remember, send photos for the gallery.
"The Dolls House" and other Doll Books by Rumer Godden
Through Tottie, Emily and Charlotte learn about thrift, self-reliance and family dynamics in Rumer Godden's "The Dolls' House."
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Only Child Catalogs
The auction of this beloved collection is barely one week away!  Dolls are avialable to view on line. Catalogs for Theriault's Only Child auction are being sent as we speak!
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A History of Dolls II
Metal dolls from the ancient world have a rich history, worth its weight in gold.
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A History of Dolls
Here is a game plan to use as a guide or outline for giving a program on the history of dolls.
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MORE FROM ABOUT.COM
Blog
Building a General Doll Collection
Social Media and Doll Collectors
Building a General Doll Collection: Part II
Effanbee Dolls - All About Effanbee Dolls
International Costume Dolls

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Doll Museum: Flickr Metal and Mechanical Dolls and Dollsparts

Doll Museum: Flickr Metal and Mechanical Dolls and Dollsparts: More soon on Barbara's Dollspart, and the wonderful things there for collectors!  It is a library/museum/doll hospital straight from my ...



Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Love Shirley Temple Exhibition and Auction

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Love Shirley Temple Exhibition and Auction: I should probably address this to the late Shirley herself, and call it, "Love, Ellen."  Since the age of 8, I have loved all thin...



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Welcome, New Follower!

We wish to welcome our new follower; thank you for reading our blog.  We love comments, and ideas for blog posts.  Don't forget our sister blog, Doll Museum, a loosely chronological history of dolls.  We are up to the late 19th, early 20th century.  We began with prehistoric Venus figures.   Thanks for following, and Happy Doll Collecting!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Kewpies and Kewpiesta

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Kewpies and Kewpiesta: Who doesn't love Kewpies?  I've loved them since I was a toddler, finding them in vinyl at Grant's, Zayre's, and elsewhere. ...

More Haunted Dolls

Here is a link from my Friend, Rose on haunted dolls:  http://www.mediacomtoday.com/tv/3/player/vendor/GeoBeats/player/fiveminute/asset/geobeats-burmese_pythons_eating_everglades_rabbits_faster_t-5min/source/auto


Last week, my friend Amy sent me the link to the NPR story.


One of hte dolls in the Mediacom Today story above is a Greek doll featured on ebay, going for $2500.  I have the same doll; we bought her there when I was 9.  No strange hauntings that I can report.




 I personally do not believe in haunted anything, but I do think that dolls tell stories, and I try to document the stories of mine very carefully.


My book of essays and poems on the subject should be out by April;  It's called "Creepy A** Humans:  The Dolls Reply." 


There is no such thing as bad publicity, but if you read my "Free the Talega 11!" post on About.com Doll Collecting, you'll see what I think.  Dolls are a wonderul hobby, and they are the educational and cultural portraits of humanity.  I'm not sure if this rubbish hurts or helps our hobby, but in some ways, I feel it is an attack on the doll and toy industry.   With so few young collectors our there, and the aging population in the Antiques Industry in general, I get concerned.


As for me, I had a great time finding Monster High dolls and antiques at recent antique shows and stores.  I am finding that the MH dolls are making their way to Goodwill, and I am on the lookout.  I am still restoring my Figure A Steiner, and couldn't be happier.


Once again, I state that if anyone out there needs a home for Haunte Dolls, even for Annabelle herself, they are welcome at Dr. E's Doll Museum, where we've all learned to get along.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Close to 100,000 Strong! and Bidding Tips from Theriault's


  1. Register. It takes just two minutes (yes, we timed it...ok, not really, so let’s call it three minutes). Or, if you are already registered, just sign in for the Las Vegas event at the Bellagio next weekend, March 28-29th, and prepare to engage. One sign-in works for both days and one lucky number. It’s possible that Paddle Number 777 is still up for grabs! Register now!
  2. Prebid. Has your spouse insisted that you go to the hot dog eating contest at the local county fair next weekend? No worries, you have two options: you can feign a stomach ailment and stay home to bid live or just enter your prebids now (it’s so easy!) and the Proxibid system will execute them for you in a competitive manner while you stand at the fair and ask yourself “Why am I at a hot dog eating contest?”

  3. Bid Live. There is something fun and wonderfully special about bidding in a bathrobe (anything less than a bathrobe we prefer not to know). Really, who doesn’t love their home and a perfect chair? Of course, you’re missing out when considering that to see the dolls and be a part of the event is an unsurpassed experience. But, despite the fact that Stuart’s jokes are just as bad online as they are in person, you will still get the feel, experience a connection, and share in the joy of special moments that are so unique to the auction experience.

  4. Go Back to Step 2. No matter what you choose as your way to bid, just make sure you register now. And, even if you have no intent on bidding, the registration will make auctions in the future so much easier to log in to. As well, since you are maybe wondering: it costs nothing, asks for little, and opens up the potential of that moment when the doll you dreamed of is actually in your budget.

  5. Hot Fudge Sundaes. We have them for our attendees. But, we have not perfected a way to get them to you at home. So, for now, at 1:00PM this is your excuse to make your own perfect sundae at home and join us for the signature moment at every Theriault auction. If you happen to reside in Stuttgart and have no idea what a hot fudge sundae is, no problem. Just make the most perfect dessert that you really should not be eating and...enjoy!

  6. Watch. It’s really quite fun. Florence will interrupt. Stuart will do Creche figure impersonations. The crowd will yawn and roll their eyes. It is, in classic Theriault tradition, the most anti-auction auction environment ever. Really, isn’t this what makes it all so fun?

  7. Be Ready. “Just when you thought you were out they pulled you back in!” Yes, it happens. The best buyers, the buyers who build great collections on a budget, they know one thing...“the special secret.” That is: intensity and paying attention will find you the sleeper that others are missing during that one particular day. It’s your moment. This is when you rise to the occasion. Every auction has them and, in the case of Theriault’s, they usually happen right around the time we open the hot fudge sundae bar.

  8. No Extra Charge. We hate nickel and diming. Really, we do. That’s why Theriault’s has the lowest buyer’s premium of any established auction house in the world. As other auction houses look to pass the cost to you, we look to find ways to get the doll to you in the most reasonable way possible. And, Internet bidders pay the same as every other bidder. How about those beans? Beans you can count as savings towards going one more bid or buying one more doll.

  9. Our style is your style. We are not interested in selling one hundred lots an hour. Really, we are enjoying the excitement of collecting and your joy within the hunt. Why rush it? It should be the best part of your day, your week, your month; not the fastest. So, you will find live Internet bidding a perfect complement to the “Theriault Style.” What’s the “Theriault Style” you ask? Fun! And the fair chance for all to “bring home a doll”.

And this is where it all starts.
Just one click to fun and the doll
of your dreams.


 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Another Doll Newsletter but Not Easily Shared

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Dolls Monthly Newsletter #248 March 2015


OVER 30,000 DOLLS & DOLL ACCESSORIES ON RUBY LANE!

Dolls of all kinds are some of the earliest known toys. People collect them for so many reasons: their love of history, nostalgia of bygone days when they were a child, or reliving a childhood experience they wish they had.
The reasons people collect is entirely up to them. At Ruby Lane Dolls, we love how each person has their own story, their own reason for what they collect, and we are here to help you find you passion. By finding that perfect addition to your collection, you grow your passion and surround yourself with what you love.
Since Ruby Lane is the world's largest curated marketplace for vintage & antiques, we doubt you'll have to search any further!
Shop Dolls on Ruby Lane.


RAGGEDY ANN DOLLS

Raggedy Ann is one of America's most beloved fictitious characters, created by Johnny Gruelle. He wrote a series of books for young children, an idea that started one night to entertain his daughter, Marcella. She brought him an old rag doll one night, faded and worn, that she had found in the attic. Over the years, so many variations of size, face, and clothing came on the market. We love all of them - from the commercial to the curious handmade. What is it about Raggedy Ann & Andy that is so attractive? Is it the inquisitive look, the "unbreakable" body that just invites one to hug her close? Maybe it's that all the stories featured a character that reflected kindness, perseverance, and moxie. Whatever it is that draws collectors in, Raggedy Ann's enduring charm will last for many more years to come. Here are some of our favorites on The Dolls Lane.


 
EXPOSITION Raggedy Ann ...

Rare 1940 Georgene Sleep...

BELOVED 19" 1947 ...

 


 
Earliest Georgene ...

Early Antique Volland ...

Handmade Raggedy Ann & ...

 


 
Rare P.F. Volland ...

Vintage 1940's Georgene ...

Charming Original ...

 


DOLL SHOWS IN MARCH

20-21 March - Golden, CO. Doll Show. Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Table Mountain Treasures Doll Club.

20-22 March - Cedar Falls, IA. Antiques & Collectibles Show. UNI-Dome.

20 March - Houston, TX. Doll Show. Marriott Hotel. Bay Area Doll Club of Texas.

21 March - Madison, WI. Doll Show. Alliant Energy Ctr. Madison Area Doll Club.

21 March - Nashville, TN. Doll & Bear Show. Marriott Airport Hotel.

21 March - Venice, FL. Doll Show. Woodmere Park. Venice Doll Club.

22 March - Omaha, NE. Dolls, Toys & Bear Show. 6005 Grover St.

27 March - New Harmony, IN. Doll Show. New Harmony Inn & Convention. Rhodas Doll Emporium.

28 March - Fort Worth, TX. Doll & Toy Show. Riley Center-Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary.

28 March - Glendale, CA. Doll Show. Glendale Civic Auditorium. Jewel City Doll Club.

28 March - Tucson, AZ. Doll, Teddy Bear & Miniature Show. Sabbar Shrine Center.

28 March - Rickreall, OR. Doll Show. Polk County Fairgrounds.

28 March - Virginia Beach, VA. Doll Show. Scott Memorial Methodist Church.

29 March - Cincinnati, OH. Doll Show. Sharonville Holiday Inn. Queen City Barbie Doll Club.

29 March - Dedham, MA. Doll, Bear & Folk Art Show. Holiday Inn. Collins Gifts.


ROSE O'NEILL KEWPIE DOLLS

Chubby and nude, with mischievous round side glancing eyes, a pointed top knot, starfish hands, and tiny blue wings, Kewpie was the brainchild of Rose O'Neill, an artist who had worked for a variety of magazines over a period of 20 years.


 
RARE 1910s Rose O'Neill ...

9" Antique Bisque KEWPIE...

"I'm Not Moving" Kewpie

 


 
German Made, Bisque ...

Rare Kewpie Vintage 1913...

Vintage Porcelain Kewpie...

 


 
5" Rose O'Neill Kewpie ~...

1930s Rose O'Neill ...

15" Kewpie Rose O'Neil ...

 


THE RUBY LANE BLOG - A LIFE-LONG LOVE OF DOLLS


The dolls make me do it. What, you may ask? It all started with my life-long love of dolls. Sometime between high school and married with children, dolls exited my life. Years later, seeing Coleman's Encyclopedia of Doll Clothes in a bookstore, I realized that adults could study and collect dolls. I visited that book often, wishing I could own it. How silly it seemed to want an expensive book about doll clothes, so I told no one. A decade later, I bought my first antique doll.



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