Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Collector Profile: Lynda Crossland

Our next few collector interviews will focus on members of the popular Facebook group, For the Beauty of Dolls, Vintage and New. This is an inspiring group of warm, generous folks who have captured the true spirit of collecting.  They share knowledge and friendship enthusiastically, and Lynda Crossland is one of the group's members.

Lynda is very fond of Roddy dolls, by in England during the 1950s.  Roddy was known for its hard plastic walkers, many dressed in Scottish kilts. For more on Roddy, visit Facebook or go to

A Delightful Cross-section of Lynda's Collection.  Courtesy, Lynda Crossland

When did you start collecting?

To say collecting in the sense of the word would be over the past few years,; however, I have always loved dolls.

What are your favorite types of dolls?

I absolutely love Roddy dolls due to having one as a child in the 60's,  and my collection has one doll that stands out. She took me years to find.

The Original Roddy that Inspired Lynda.  She is on the Left.
Courtesy, Lynda Crossland.

Have your tastes changed over the years

Over the years I still in the main look for Roddy dolls but will buy others that have that 'take me home' look about them.
Just now it is Barbie dolls and fashion dolls. I like to get a box of unloved dolls, strip them, wash them and bring them back to life.

What are the characteristics that attract you to a certain doll?

Now,  I collect any make of doll that has a nice face, and I do like long hair.

Do you sew for your dolls?

No, I crochet all my dolls' clothes.

Are you looking for anything in particular?

Not now as I found the Roddy I wanted, now it's a case of who needs my help in making them lovable once more


Saturday, August 26, 2017

September Sneak Peek!

September 2017 Sneak Peek


Our cover this month features a beautiful duet of two rare and wonderful Izannah Walker dolls.  The cover is so beautiful, that you’ll want to frame it!


Along with the gorgeous cover is a story wishing Miss Walker a happy 200th birthday!


If you love Barrois dolls as I do, you’ll love our feature article called “Barrois Beauty Secrets.”  Among French Fashions dols, they are among the prettiest.  My own small example came home with me after a San Jose doll show.  Her vendors even found a bag printed in French to wrap her in on her way home!


There is a very interesting story of a costume doll from Spain. Spain has a rich doll making tradition, and makers like Berjusa, Marin, Klumpe, and Mary Vas trip off the tongues of the collectors who love them. This very well-researched article is a delightful lesson in cultural geography and dolls.


Our collectibles column is a tribute the maestro himself, Mr. R. John Wright.  Featured in the discussion are his terrific new Gone with the Wind mice.


Read the biography of an amazing doll with Provenance, and tour yet another fanastic doll museum.


As always, we feature important upcoming auctions, UFDC reports, doll shows, and lots and lots of lavish pictures.  We are doll eye candy at its best!  Come explore our pages, and think of us as your own private doll museum.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Collector Profile June, July, and August

Contemporary Stuffed Animals from Mikki's Collection
Costume Detail
Crochet work by Mikki
Thanks to our friend Mikki Brantley, we are doing something a little different.  Mikki is an artist emerita from Ashton Drake Galleries.  She is a sculptor and artist of exceptional talent who loves sculpting animal babies.  She is also a collector of antique German bisque character babies.  She has probably forgotten more information about them than this humble blogger could ever learn!  Enjoy, and may you find your dream doll at U.F.D.C and the various doll shows and auctions going on in Orlando! Photos are courtesy, the artist.
Ella . Courtesy, Mikki Brantley.

Monday, July 17, 2017

August Sneak Peek!!

I love August, season of doll shows and dog days of summer!  This month's lavish and beautiful issue is sure to delight.  Below are some highlights, along with our usual auction reports, show and auction announcements, and more.  Check us on our other social media sites, too, including Tumblr, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.  We are also shared through ISSUU, Reddit,  Facebook, Pinterest  Instagram and Deliciious.  I will post links, later.  We are also featured on blogs I translate into Greek, Spanish, and Japanese.  I'm happy to post or send links to anyone interested.  Email me at

First of all, we have Part II of a fantastic collection of Lenci, with dolls many of us have never seen.  If you have been to Italy and looked for dolls there, you will really appreciate this piece.  I have great mother\daughter childhood memories of running around the shops in Rome looking for dolls. Enjoy!

Next, we have a great piece on Russian Nesting Dolls that have become iconic, yet as varied as any other type of doll can become.  Read this fascination history of how they began, and how they have evolved.

Antique doll collectors are always looking for ways to display and accessorize their dolls.  Here is a lovely article about using gorgeous antique boxes as props and accessories.  We get to discover another great collectible, accessorize our dolls, and repurpose and renew!

No doll or person can ever have too many clothes!  Read this terrific article focusing on an antique doll and her wardrobe.  I'm very fond of her trousseau because it reminds me of a similar one my mother created for my first two china heads.   Seeing this dresses will inspire you, and you will want to sew for your dolls, too!

Happy Collecting!!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Happy 4th of July!!

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Happy 4th of July!!: The Star Spangled Banner Find all things patriotic at Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly w...