Children of Japan

Children of Japan
Courtesy, R. John Wright

The Jumeau 201

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

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A History of Metal Dolls

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Alice, Commemorative Edition

Alice, Commemorative Edition
Courtesy, R. John Wright

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Emma, aka, La Contessa Bathory

Emma, aka, La Contessa Bathory
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c. 1969 Greek Plastic Mini Baby

c. 1969 Greek Plastic Mini Baby
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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
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Sand Baby Castaway

Sand Baby Castaway
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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
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Ann Parker Doll of Anne Boleyn

Ann Parker Doll of Anne Boleyn

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Tin Head Brother and Sister, a Recent Purchase
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

More, Love, Shirley Temple!

Love, Shirley Temple is not done yet! Theriault's is excited and pleased to announce to all the Shirley fans across the world that a "Part 2" of this historic auction will take place this fall. Encompassing over 400 items, this event will focus heavily on Shirley's teen years with selections of movie memorabilia and costumes. As well, Shirley's own personal collection of 100 Rosenau Cinderella dresses, her personal collection of dolls from the 50's, items from her now lege...ndary Storybook TV show, and more finds from her childhood recently uncovered in the vaults. The event will take place on Sunday, November 22 at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City where special Theriault room rates await. Finally, so as to complete a beautiful matching set, a Volume 2 of the catalog will be hard bound and matching to your now prized Volume 1 and will be available to order next week for delivery in early November. Get ready Shirley fans...the excitement continues!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Poupées et Dentelles Museum : Antique Doll Collection for sale

Aug. 24th Doll Collecting at About.com Newsletter

Doll Collecting at About.com Newlsetter Week: August 24th
By now, many of the "junior" collectors among us are heading back to school! I think it would be fun to talk about dolls and education, and dolls with back-to-school themes. Ideas, readers? It might be fun to survey doll themed school accessories, doll and character erasers, school houses for dolls, school desks for dolls, and school clothes for dolls. How many of us remember playing school with our dolls and being the teacher? I do, and now, I "play school" in real life! Many doll collectors were educators, so it is fair to dedicate this newsletter to them. Also, fall and Halloween are close, so here are a couple posts on dolls in scary flicks, including "Dangerous Worry Dolls", which slants traditional wool and wire-wrapped dolls from Guatemala with "sinister intent." One reader suggested more posts on our beloved Raggedy Ann, who turns 100 this year, but who inexplicably has inspired a "haunted" doll named Annabelle. Japanese dolls have been the muses of artist Glorie Iaccarino for some time; read her story below. Finally, here are some history bytes on dolls and toys inspired by crime and punishment, meant to teach moral lessons to naughty children. These are notes and comments from some of my other research on capital punishment and popular culture. Finally, a doll mystery; were T. Recknagel doll maker and T. Recknagel artist the same person? Next week, posts on "My Ballerina Dolls", Native American dolls, more German doll makers, American Girls, and more.
Ellen Tsagaris
Doll Collecting Expert
Doll with a Candy Heart gets a Birthday Cake with 100 Candles!!
Raggedy Ann, one of the most beloved dolls of all times, turns 100 this year! Every day I see some indication that Raggedy Ann is as popular and loved as she ever was. Last week, I saw a sign for "Annies", a gambling establishment with a vintage Raggedy Ann as its logo! A Raggedy Ann was a prop in an old episode of "Gun Smoke." She and Raggedy Andy ride a horse in a PBS public message. This is one in a series of stories I am writing about the little doll who gave me, and millions of other children great happiness.
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Japanese Doll Photos by Glorie Iaccarino
Beautiful Japanese Dolls inspire photographs by an artist. The graceful dolls representing characters from the Kabuki Theater are made in Japan by special artists. They were once more plentiful than they are no in the United States, where they often show up as "second hand" items in online auctions, thrift and antique shops, yard sales, and doll shows. A few years ago, the dolls were reproduced faithfully in China, but these dolls are harder to find now, too. Artist and collector Glorie Iaccarino creates beautiful art photos inspired by these lovely, graceful figures. Read more about her.
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These are NOT your Average worry Dolls
Worry dolls take worries away; they aren't supposed to cause them! I'm sure many readers are familiar with these 1 inch beguiling little figures made of bits of cloth and yarn wrapped around wire. They come in tiny boxes or miniature handwoven bags. Some have clay heads. Others may be a couple inches, and some appear as kits where little girls can make them with clothespins and yarn. They are meant to bring good luck and peace of mind. You tell them your worries, and the dolls take away your cares, according to tradition. In this film, worry dolls do just the opposite!
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Dolls, Toys, and Capital Punishment; Read for More Information
Dolls with criminal justice and legal significance and a puzzle for my readers, these are "doll bytes" of a much larger work, which give us a glimpse of what "educational toys" were in the past. With Halloween coming, such toys show up as props and decorations, and some inspire horror flicks. These topics about dolls like this often appear at literature and film conferences, too, creating a whole new category of collectors. Read more.
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Recknagel; was the artist also the doll maker?
Theodor Recknagel made bisque heads, some with googly eyes, and dolls with unusual bodies. They are often a little more expressive than the average "dolly faced' dolls made between 1890 and 1920. At the same time, there was an artist of the same name who painted delicate portraits of children. I'm trying to find out if they were the same man, but there is little biographical information on either. If any of you has information about either the doll maker or artist, please write to me!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Gourd Fest and Gourd Dolls

See below; I have blogged about this festival and the amazing Gourd dolls and puppets displayed before.  It's a wonderful opportunity!

 

Greetings from the Quad City Area Gourd Patch!

You are invited to join us for our 8th Annual A “Gourd”geous Day in the Country!!  Please mark your calendars for Saturday, September 26 (as always the 4th Saturday in September) from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. to enjoy many free activities.  Please check out the attached flyer for the day’s activities.
Be sure to stop by the Welcome Booth to sign up for free door prizes given hourly.  Also, if you bring a non-perishable food item (to be given to a food pantry in Iowa and one in Illinois) you will receive a free raffle ticket.  Drop it in the container in front of the various Halloween gourd art pieces made by the Patch members.  (Some have asked what a “Patch” is – it is a group of people who gather together because they have a love of gourds).  Your donations are always welcome to receive more raffle tickets – your generosity is what helps keep the festival free.

Bring your cameras as there are vignettes and other photo opportunities.  One that all seem to enjoy is the Gourd Hat and Bling booth that is set in a fall setting. Volunteers are at the booth to assist you and to take pictures if you would like.  Plenty of room for a family!

It’s baaaack!!  All parts of the gourd can be used not just the outside.  Come see the papermaking demos using the insides of gourds.
Bring your best guesses for Count the Candy Corn.  You have two chances again this year to win neat containers of candy corn.  Pick up your free mystery gourd seeds while you are there.
New classes, new puppet show, new games (all kids receive a goody bag for playing) – and they are all free!  Make it and take it this year is gourd bug houses.  Many new things and old favorites will be here.  Please read the attached flyer for a day of fun.  Something for everyone. 

As always, our gourd patch members are available to answer any questions you have.

We couldn’t begin to do this without the many, many volunteers.  If you are interested in being a part of a unique day, please let us know.

Watch for signs! 

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 26th!!

QC Area Gourd Patch Members

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Mystery Doll of Wood or Clay

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Mystery Doll of Wood or Clay: Wooden or Clay?  Dress Reads 1870 Her owner M. Pike says : "This one I think has maybe a wooden face; I am not 100% sure its hands...



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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Happy Birthday Raggedy Ann!

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Happy Birthday Raggedy Ann!: In just a matter of days, Raggedy Ann will turn 100! She has been popular from day one. I have many wonderful memories of her, and have many...



New, Improved Doll Collecting Newsletter for August 17th Week with Pics!

Doll Collectors are Never Single Minded
This could really be a theme for us; after all, look at all great companion memorabilia we snapped up at Love, Shirley Temple.  Because we aren't single-minded, we are also into fun plush and characters like Funko's Fabrikations, described below.  We also attend auctions, online and in person; note that two great Rendezvous Auctions are coming up August 17th, and August 24th (1950s dolls).  We look for dolls here and there, at flea markets, yard sales, doll shops, antique shops, doll shows, you name it.  We make dolls, repurpose dolls, invent dolls, dress dolls, undress dolls, display dolls, etc. For example, Glorie Iaccarino is an artist who loves dolls, eco art, and establishing art galleries, online and brick and mortar. Here's to us, that talented, diverse group united by their passion for dolls and their history!  As always, I love to hear from you; what are your favorite dolls to collect?  I'll feature answers and photos in upcoming posts.  Happy Collecting!
Ellen Tsagaris
Doll Collecting Expert
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Doll Collectors are Never Single Minded  
Eleanor St. George who wrote "Old Dolls" observed that doll collectors often have multiple hobby interests. Therefore, we collect items related to our dolls, or cross-collectibles.
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All Dolls are Collectible, Genevieve Angione Says!  
Dolls called Secondaries later can prove that All Dolls are Collectible! Dolls like metal heads, half dolls, and cellulloid dolls were once called secondaries, but no more.  What dolls do you think are "sleepers?"  Read more.
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Fabrikations
Fun Variations on a Fun Theme by Funko  
Funko's Fabrikations are making plush toys popular again. Here is a whole new doll world that crosses into comic collectibles, pop culture, and comics.
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Mystery Doll Photos

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Mystery Doll Photos: Below is a mystery doll, with a wooden body and metal heads.  Is she a composite doll?  What about the wig label?  Doll Sleuth's, get ou...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Sneak Peek! In Our September Issue

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Sneak Peek! In Our September Issue: Our September issue truly has something for everyone. Our fantastic cover depicts a few of the highlights from the upcomin...



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Joe Spencer Collection and Soft Sculpture
Here are a couple newly discovered dolls from Gallerie II, and a memoir of someone who helped me along in my own collecting.  A recent interview with Elizabeth Ann Coleman for Antique Doll Collector Magazine Blog reveals that Ann Coleman is researching ceramic porcelain shoulder heads for her most recent project, so here is an update of an article on china heads and all their variations. Finally, as I continue to uncover great finds, I include an encore performance of a tribute to my mother, who encouraged my collecting in all things. More soon about another estate collection, recent find, dolls for fall, and auction updates.  Remember, I try to answer all emails, but give me a few days turnaround, and note I am not a dealer or professional appraiser. I'm just someone, like all of you, who loves dolls!  Happy Collecting!
Ellen Tsagaris
Doll Collecting Expert
Joe Spencer Collection for Gallerie II of Gathered Graditions.
Joe Spencer Folk Dolls for Gathered Traditions are delightful works of affordable doll art. If you love holidays, especially Halloween, you will love these original soft sculpture creations. Our thanks to Ryan of Gathered Traditions, too.  Read More
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Uncle Tony and the Supermarket Bride
My beloved Uncle Tony was a big brawny man who worked construction and who bid on dolls for me at auctions.  Read more.
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Earth Angels of the Doll World; China and Ceramic Dolls
This first of three articles about china heads discusses the earliest known Venus ceramic figure through modern examples made in the 1960s.  Many collectors are still interested in traditional china heads, even so-called low-brows.  Sometimes, I'd like to see statistics on how often these dolls were reproduced.  Any ceramicists out there who can help out?
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Mother Daughter Doll Collectors
My mother became a default doll collector, who rescued, dressed, and returned their innocence, to dolls. She was also skilled at dressing dolls and repairing them, and she had an eye for the unusual.  Do you have photos of dolls your mothers have made that you would be willing to share with me for a gallery? Email them to me at your convenience. Thank you!
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Looking for Dolls in all the Odd Places!
Here is a post on some strange places where I've found dolls lately.  Keep your dolly radar beeping, and never give up the search!!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Jumeau Reclame Bebe

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Jumeau Reclame Bebe: In the August "Antique Doll Collector Magazine"  is an ad for a lovely doll, The Jumeau Reclame Bebe. The ad is by Mary Ann Spinel...

In Memoriam: Lesley Shepherd

I just heard that the expert guide for miniatures, Ms. Lesley Shepherd, passed away suddenly July 30th.  She was a wonderful guide, who loved miniatures, collecting, and writing.  I am devastated by this loss, as is the whole About community.  May she rest in peace.

Here is her site:  http://miniatures.about.com/

When Toys Bring Smiles;Jaden and 33,000 Toys

Today on CBS' Sunday Morning was a story that summed up what toys and dolls are all about; they make us smile.  Jaden is a six year old who has lost both of his parents, his mother died in her sleep only 4 months ago.  He asked his aunt and apparent guardian to help him stop everyone around him from being so sad.  He asked her to buy lot of small toys, and he has been giving them away to strangers in public places, one toy at a time.  Judging from the film and photo footage, people smiled repeatedly, and some were completely overwhelmed.  A little child shall lead them, goes the Bible verse, and in this case, that has truly happened.


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Newsletter for August 2nd on Toy Soldiers, Auctions, Sailor Moon, and More

Newsletter Week of August 2nd
August is finally here, and with it, the dog days of summer seem to whimper.  Doll shows continue, with August 15th as the date for the Peoria Doll, bear and Toy Show, call Julie Bronski for informati0n at 312-919-7135.  The annual Maquoqueta, IA Doll, Toy and Bear Show takes place August 30th; make inquires at www.easterniowadollshows.com. More shows from all over the world are listed in "Antique Doll Collector Magazine" August 2015 and in "Doll Castle News" July/August 2015.t

If we aren't buying dolls for our collection, than we are refurbishing them.  The magazines mentioned above include listings for doll hospitals lie Doll Menders Doll  Hospital,at www.dollmenders.com or The Little Doll House & Doll Hospital, dollydoc106@aolcom.

The list of famous people who love dolls is every growing.  Read about Vita Sackville-West and her toy soldier collection, and then review and refresh your knowledge of these toys that are among the oldest dolls.

Among Friends brought more wonderful character dolls, French Fashions, babies, and novelties to light, and read more on how dolls turn up happily in some very strange places. Happy Collecting; remember to write and to share ideas who want to see posted!
Ellen Tsagaris
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Vita Sackville- West; Collector of Toy Soldiers, Poet, Muse.
A recent biography of Vita Sackville-West, poet, aristocrat, member of Bloomsbury and inspiration for Virginia Woolf's "Orlando" talks about her toy solider collection. A poet and artist in her own right, Sackville-West collected toys and toy soldiers before it even became popular to do so.
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Anime Convention; Sailor Moon, Manga, from the world of Comics
Never hesitate to broaden your horizons when you are looking for dolls. A recent Anime convention proved to be a fun place to find dolls, plush, action figures, and other doll-related collectibles. Don't miss the cool costumes, either!
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Among Friends Auction; German Characters, Novelites, and More
In yet another historic auction by Theriault's, some incredibly unusual dolls found new homes.  Read about some rare dolls, and my own happy, humble finds.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Crafty Dolls and Fixer Uppers

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Crafty Dolls and Fixer Uppers: Cleaning Porcelain Dolls | ThriftyFun This is a guide about cleaning porcelain dolls . Porcelain dolls need special car...

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This is a guide about finding the value of Seymour Mann dolls. The value of collectible items such as dolls can fluctuate over time.
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This guide is about determining the current value of porcelain dolls. There are many collectors of porcelain dolls.
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This is a guide about finding the value of Granville House dolls. There are several designers and manufacturers of porcelain and other collectable dolls. Finding ...
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This is a guide about removing ink from vinyl dolls. Children love to draw on just about anything including their toys.
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Perhaps you inherited a doll collection or are simply downsizing and decluttering, but now you are thinking of selling your dolls. This is a guide about selling a ...
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This is a guide about removing musty smells from dolls . Improper storage can give dolls a moldy odor that can be challenging to remove.
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This is a guide about finding the value of Princess Diana dolls. Dolls are a popular collector's item.
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Jun 1, 2015 ... This is a guide about selling cabbage patch dolls. Originally created in 1978 and called Little People, these dolls are still popular today.
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