|25 3/4" Doll Portraying Lillian Russell 1890 in "The Grand Duchess." |
Courtesy, R. Lane Herron
|Marie Antoinette Doll, Late 18th Century. Courtesy, R. Lane Herron|
|The Princess de Lamballe, Late 18th Century. Courtesy, R. Lane Herron|
|A Collection of Vintage and Antique Dolls like Those R. Lane Herron Enjoys|
- When did you start collecting? Like most bona fide collectors, I started collecting in childhood, at a very early age, but mostly unusual objects, and especially antique. My grandmother was the daughter of a wealthy family, and there were 17 children. Grandma was born June 17, 1864. She loved beautiful things and being a lovely woman, attended many balls and parties, and she travelled a lot. When she married and travelled west in covered wagons, she brought many things along with her. These antiques crowded her spacious Victorian home. It was there my interest developed. My parents likewise lived in a Victorian house which boasted exquisite antiques. I recall my father’s 1890’s toys, a gorgeous hobby horse on rockers with a long, flowing mane and tail. I was never permitted to ride it; it stayed in a large closet. There was a little roll-top desk, and there were toys soldiers, etc. My father felt that 1930s toys were cheaply made, so he took me to auctions, antique shops, and secondhand stores, to buy iron toys. I remember a huge iron fire engine complete with horses, firemen, etc. Once he bid on a huge wooden beer barrel, loaded with 19th century dolls and toys. I was thrilled to bits when I got home and slowly took each toy out of the barrel for inspection. It was there I really got the opportunity to hold and antique doll with a bisque heard. The glass eyes and open mouth with teeth startled me. The doll looked so real, like a human being, and rather spooky. I loved being spooked!
|Vintage Celluloid Doll from Brittany. Herron likes dolls in|
International Costume, especially older dolls.
|Silent Film Star Evelyn Brent in Underworld. 32". Courtesy, R. Lane Herron|
|Bette Davis in The Man who Played God. 1932. 27 1/2". Courtesy, |
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|Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Ziegfeld Girl, 1920s.|
|Maria Theresa, Mother of Marie Antoinette. 25". Courtesy R. Lane Herron|
|Greta Garbo , Camille, 1937Courtesy, R. Lane Herron|
|Mae Murray, Ziegfeld Follies, 1920s, 27". Courtesy, R. Lane Herron|
|Courtesy, R. Lane Herron|
|Antique "Wax-over" Doll|
- Have your tastes changed over the years?
- What are your favorite types of dolls?
|Jumeau Bebe Reclame, Tsagaris collection|
- Do you sew for your dolls?
- What are the characteristics that attract you do a doll?
- Are you looking for anything in particular?