Monday, September 29, 2014
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by Donna Kaonis
It seems we often are reading about the latest record setting price paid for a doll – the latest $397,700 being paid for Kammer and Reinhardt’s 108, the only example known. These high prices are not only newsworthy, they elevate our hobby. It is important however to remember that these astronomical prices are not the norm, only a very select few are able compete for these extremely rare dolls and short of putting a second mortgage on our homes, the rest can never even fathom such a purchase.
As a long time doll collector who doesn’t have unlimited funds, I am happy to report that I have been able to put together a fine collection of antique dolls. Ironically my collection consists of early dolls: chinas, parians, papier mache and cloth. Along with American composition dolls and the majority of German bisque dolls, these dolls can be quite affordable.
I’ve always equated a new limited edition doll to buying a car…as soon as you drive it out of the lot it is a used car. A limited edition doll or the latest fad will rarely if ever be worth what you paid for it. Indeed, in most cases I counsel individuals to donate these dolls and take a write off as they more than likely they will only receive pennies on the dollar if they try and sell them. An antique doll however will hold its value, oftentimes increase in value, and in meantime you can enjoy owning a piece of history.
New collectors often think learning about antique dolls is very confusing…bisque dolls have all those mold numbers! Rest assured, there is nothing complicated; armed with a bit of knowledge, you can become an expert in your field. Knowledge is what we provide in Antique DOLL Collector… our articles written by doll collectors (not professional writers), explained in easy to understand language.
As editor of the 2014 United Federation of Doll Clubs souvenir journal, I wrote about collecting and passion, the theme of this year’s convention. If you collect dolls you will agree that it has enriched and enlivened your life; in fact as one longtime collector stated, it is the secret to happiness!
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Bonham's Auctions conducted a sale of rare German and other Character dolls on September 24, 2014 and set record prices for some of the dolls, including those below:
1. An extremely rare and unique Kämmer & Reinhardt 108 bisque head character doll
Sold for £242,500 (US$ 395,479) inc. premium.
An extremely rare Kämmer & Reinhardt 106 'Heinz' bisque head character doll
|Kamner and Reinhardt Rare 108 Won the top bid, $395,479.00|
Sold for £115,300 (US$ 188,036) inc. premium.
All the dolls auctioned may be viewed at http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22200/lot/82/.
The #108 Doll had previously sold at auction for $275,000.00. This amount was reported in Patsy Moyer's Doll Values, 2000. www.collectorbooks.com. According to Moyer, Kamner and Reinhardt began to make dolls in 1886 and continued till sometime past 1930. They were located in Waltershausen, Germany. Bisque heads for the firm were made by Simon & Halbig and Schuetzenmiester & Quendt. Some of the heads were marked K R with a Star of David in the Center, and others, including a small doll in my collection, had heads bearing this mark and Simon & Halbig underneath. Rheinishche Gummi und Celluloid Fabrik Co. made celluloid doll heads for them. The rarest of their dolls were the Charaterpuppen, like these sold. Moyer writes that Kamner and Reinhardt made a variety of heads, both shoulder and socket as well as heads of composition, pinchushion heads, and rubber heads.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
More details soon, but this isn't even a French Doll!! From our Editor:
Doll Record Shattered!!!
The only known example of Kammer and Reinhardt's mold 108, brought the equivalent of $397,584
at Bonham's Knightsbridge auction rooms in London on September 24.
The company's mold 105 realized $279,538, mold 106 "Heinz" $189,037 and the 104 $86,075.
For more results visit Bonhams.com
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Sold on the Internet. Please email owner at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a photo of the first 8 dolls with descriptions. Please help, if you can!
1. 14” SFBJ 226
“jeweled eyes,” sold $462
2. BRU TETEUR Nursing
Doll, all original, Mama
squeak, sold $5955
3. 9” BRU JNE 2/0, all
original, sold $18,800
4. 20-1/2” FRENCH
FASHION POUPEE (her
trunk was left behind) sold
5. 12” EJ JUMEAU – all
original, sold $6400
6. VERY RARE BISQUE
CHARACTER, sold $3250
7. 22” KISSING BRU JNE
R – walks and cries, sold
8. DEPOSE TETE JUMEAU,
signed head, sold $2900
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
|German Bisque, Hertel and Schwab. Very good Condition and|
Embroidered Antique Silk Gown
Sunday, September 21, 2014
There were several Sandra Sue dolls; this one did very well. There were four others that sold roughly from $50.00-$150.00. All were in great condition with very nice costumes. As always, our thanks to Theriault's for allowing us to use their photos and information from their catalogs.
8" (20 cm.) Sandra Sue in Festive Red Dress with Matching Sweater by Richwood Toys 75/150
Lot #47 (Sale Order: 47 of 64)
Sold for: $160.00 to onsite
Item Description: translate descriptionHard plastic, sleep eyes, slim body, flat feet, orange eyebrows . . . lashes, red lips, she is wearing a red dress with gold and black print, button-up red knit sweater, white net socks, and black slipper shoes. Richwood Toys, Sandra Sue, circa 1950.
Vintage Barbies did well, too. Here are the description and auction results:
11" (28 cm.) Pair of Costumed Mattel Barbies from 1967 200/400
Each with new style face, one with twist 'n turn waist, blonde hair, and yellow organdy ruffle suit; the other with ash-blonde hair and sateen geometric outfit. Mattel, Barbie, circa. 1967.
Two wonderful Ginnies in Cowgirl and Cowby outfits did not sell:
8" (20 cm.) Pair of Blonde Cowboy and Girl Ginny Dolls by Vogue 200/400
Saturday, September 20, 2014
|A Variety of Charlottes. Courtesy, Theriault's.|
Friday, September 19, 2014
This smallest size KPM has a great hairdo.
Thanks, Donna, for being the first to take part in our Q and A for collectors.
When did you start collecting dolls?
I started collecting dolls nearly 35 years ago. At first it was Kewpies, then cloth dolls – both commercially made and one-of-a-kind. Gradually I became interested in early chinas, parians and papier-maches.
One of the more unusual molded hats is found on this lovely china.
Have your tastes changed over the years?
What are your favorite types of dolls?
As I mentioned, early dolls, especially those with original clothing. Chinas are probably my favorite, and I love dolls with molded hats. I tend to gravitate to lady dolls. Peddler dolls with great wares are another favorite. My husband and I love folk art, and so many of the chinas and papier-maches look like they have stepped out of an Early American painting. Lately I have to admit that fashions are calling to me. I adore Hurets in enfantine clothing. I have one but maybe someday another will join her. What are the characteristics that attract you to a certain doll? Originality, rare hairdos, molded hats and condition. It goes without saying that chinas by KPM, Meissen and Royal Copenhagen will always find a warm reception at the Kaonis household.
|A wooden shows off her sewing wares|
I can’t sew to save my life, in fact I used to sneak things home from my home economics class so my mother could work on them. I think it is wonderful there are so many talented seamstresses out there. Finding an early doll in her original dress, one that is in good condition is a special treasure. Many times a doll has to be redressed and someone with an understanding of period styles who uses antique fabrics and trims is to envied. I think the amazingly talented Sylvia MacNeil and Susan Sirkis, both writers and pattern makers for ADC, are an inspiration to doll collectors.
|A wood-bodied china with molded bonnet is only about four inches tall|
I would love to find a porcelain Huret! I better start saving.
A large china with soulful eyes. Her maker is unknown although new evidence indicates she may be a product of French porcelain maker Jacob Petit.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
In the Magazine's own words, featured in italics below, take a look at the smashing issue for October, and don't forget the handy link for auctions at the bottom of the page. More blogs on antique folk dolls, especially apple dolls at this time of crisp weather and fall fesitvals, and a post on Halloween repurposed artists dolls inspired by antiques from our friend Teri Long at Long Gone Dolls!
Monday, September 15, 2014
Below is a link to a wonderful black cloth doll attributed to Julia Ward Beecher, who had ties to both Julia Ward Howe and Harriet Beecher Stowe. I have an example in my own collection, bought many years ago for $23.00! This wonderful doll featured in Theriault's online catalog of the Blackler collection is only one of thousands from this remarkable collection of folk art dolls and toys. These dolls are the heart and soul of doll collecting, unique, endearing, handmade, well-loved. They are the very definition of "doll" as a beloved object of childhood.
View Catalog Item - Theriault's Antique Doll Auctions
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Soon, antique dolls of all types will be closer than you think! Collectible and vintage dolls from the 1930s and 1940s are approaching the 70-80 year mark. The Shirley Temple dolls is approaching its 80th anniversary, all the more bittersweet because of the death of the child star last winter. Celebrity dolls made during the twenties that represent Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan as "The Kid", Baby Peggy, Rudolph Valentino and others are now between 80-90 years old. Patsy is close to 80, and the bisque Nancy Ann Storybook dolls have hit age 75. Most definitions of "antique" describe objects that minimally are between 75-100 years old. The dolls just described above fit that category. The elusive, rare and expensive Albert Marque French bisque head was made circa 1914. The first Kewpies are now over 100 years old, Raggedy Ann is 99. The first Madame Alexander dolls are approximately 91 years old. Vintage dolls are rapidly transitioning to antique dolls. Like us, they aren't getting any younger!
Friday, September 12, 2014
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