Welcome to Antique Doll Collector Magazine, your one stop shop for all things vintage and antique dolls. Find fascinating articles written by doll experts, world-wide auction previews and results, show reviews, calendar listings, extensive coverage of the national UFDC convention, visits to museums, a look at the latest books... everything you need to make informed decisions and enhance your love of doll collecting.
The Theriault doll auction, held in conjunction with the national UFDC convention, is always among the high points of the week. This year with the legendary collection of Ursula Brecht, it promises to be unforgettable. Considered the most important private collection in Germany, it will offer French bebes, automata, fashions, mignonettes, early wood dolls and more. In our preview, you’ll see many of these dolls as they were pictured in Brecht’s 1983 book, Precious Dolls.
Our cloth doll expert, Dominique Pennegues, shares with readers the fascinating story of French doll maker Yvonne Spaggiari whose creations have been known as “Original Ravca Dolls.” In her article she gives this talented artist the renown she so richly deserves.
Samy Odin has made another fascinating discovery concerning yet another Lenci competitor, Bambole Lena. He had accumulated a set of eight postcards documenting the company’s models when he found a Lena doll on eBay. Cloth doll collectors will definitely be on the hunt for these quality dolls!
Prior to the media fascination of Queen Victoria’s nine royal children, poured wax dolls were typically religious models of baby Jesus. In her breathtakingly beautiful and informative article, Claire Davies shares the magnificent play dolls of Pierotti and Montanari whose creations remained popular into the Edwardian period.
Carol Cameron, a delightfully eclectic collector, bought her first leather doll on eBay and her next at Theriault’s which had the original patent date and maker label. She has since added more leather dolls and you will enjoy learning about the creator of these seldom seen English dolls.
Enjoy a look at upcoming shows, auction results and some exciting news from Elizabeth Ann Coleman about a second Lanvin model (see our June 2016 issue)!
The Poetry Foundation. (Retrieved from
Tell me not (Sweet) I am unkind,
from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet
war and arms I fly.
True, a new mistress now I
first foe in the field;
And with a stronger faith
sword, a horse, a shield.
Yet this inconstancy is such
you too shall adore;
I could not love thee (Dear) so
I not Honour more.
Probably, you will remember
Lovelace was one of The Cavalier Poets, writers, gentleman, and soldiers who
supported King Charles I. This poem has always touched me deeply, and during
this time fame that honors Memorial Day, The 72nd Anniversary of The
Normandy Invasion, Flag Day, and The 4th of July, I decided now was
the time to write about solider dolls.I
come from a military family; someone in my family has served since the Balkan
Wars through The Gulf War.One
grandfather saw military action in the Balkans as a very young man, and then
served in World War I.At 41, he was
drafted for World War II.My other grandfather
volunteered for World War I; he was on his way to France, when Armistice was
declared.He then participated in
recognizance.My Dad was in NATO, and
held a Selective Service Card for The Vietnam War.My Uncle Tom, who contributed many dolls to
my collection, served in Korea.My Cousin Michael served with The National
Guard during Vietnam,
and Uncle Charley served during World War II.Cousin Steve served during The Gulf War. My Godfather was air force; so
was my father-in-law.
Below is a photo study of dolls
representing soldiers around the world, especially the United States,
in honor of the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces to keep Freedom
For more, read my chapter on Toy
Soldiers in “With Love from Tin Lizzie; A History of Metal Heads, Metal Dolls,
Mechanical Dolls, and Automatons.
Antique George Washington
Candy Container, Courtesy, Theriault’s
Greek Costume Dolls, Wax over
Papier Mache, woman wears
Traditional outfit with dowry
coins, and the man is wearing the costume of the
Evzon, or Greek Royal Guard.
George Washington by Debbie Ritter, Uneek
Doll Designs. Courtesy, the artist
From Normandy at time of Invasion, Public Domain
Left, Peggy Nisbet Doll of HRH Queen Elizabeth II
In the uniform worn for
Trooping the Colours.The other dolls
are Welsh. Tsagaris collection.
Portrait in Bisque. Courtesy, Theriault’s.
Modern Patriotic Dolls from
our friend, Darlene
Columbus by Kathy Redmond.Tsagaris
Jack the Doll,
dressed as Zoave soldier.Based on a
Sanitary Fair doll once owned by the children of Abraham Lincoln.Public Domain Image and Tsagaris collection,
available at the LincolnMuseum, Springfield,
French Fashion men Dressed
asMilitary Figures. Courtesy,
Greek Evzon, c. 1960.One of my First Dolls.
Tsagaris collection, photo by
Wax Vivandiere, formally The Blackler
Collection, Courtesy, Theriault’s.
German BisqueCharacter Sailor. Courtesy, Theriault’s.
French Bisque Sailor Girl,
Bru in Scots Uniform. Courtesy, Theriault’s
Boudicca, or Boadicea, Celtic
Queen of The Iceni,
Debbie Ritter, Uneek Doll
Designs.Photo by the artist.Tsagaris collection.
Vintage Printed Cloth Doll representing a
Rumer Godden’s novel about a
doll house, “Home is the Sailor.”
Close-up Antique Japanese Samurai, Courtesy
Alan Scott Pate.