Thursday, August 31, 2017

Interview with Josien Buijs of National Costume

When did you start collecting?
I started collecting in 1996 (upto the present day)

Have your tastes changed over the years?
Yes, I am much more selective now. In the beginning I purchased everything that looked like a national costume doll somehow. I now try to go for authentic looking dolls with a caracter of their own, not the cheap looking dolls made in Hong-Kong for the tourist market. I skip baby and barbie type dolls too, and porcelain (with an occasional exception to the last mentioned). I have also learned to appreciate dolls I did not like so much before, f.e. the Marin Chiclana dolls dressed in Spanish regional costumes, they are super kitsch but dressed in a nice way.

What are your favorite types of dolls?
I have a soft spot for ritual and/or masked (dancer) dolls because they look so very different, f.e. I have Kukeri from Bulgaria, Snake dancers from Sri Lanka, Pende dancers from DR Congo and more.

What are the characteristics that attract you to a certain doll?
They must be dressed as true to life as possible. On the other hand really primitive dolls can be very attractive too. They all have to appeal to me somehow by what they express. It can be the clothing, the way the doll is made or just a facial expression. In short, I just go by personal taste, not by value, age or how rare they are.

Do you sew for your dolls?
No. I do some easy repairs only. I touched up wool embroidery that was partly eaten away by moths, replaced sequins and beads and put back limbs with new elastic rubber bands.

Are you looking for anything in particular ?
There still are 'missing' countries like Oman, Qatar, El Salvador, Benin, Malawi (and more African countries). In general I strive to find matching couples; male and female both representing the same region. But as males are much harder to find that is sometimes mission impossible.

For more info you can always contact me.
Best regards,

Josien Buijs

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.