Types Of Dolls

There are many different types of vintage and antique dolls to suit different tastes and wants, and each one has its unique and endearing story to tell. So, how about a walk down the history lane that led to the creation of some of these classic dolls?

Bisque dolls or porcelain dolls were made wholly or partially of bisque porcelain. The intriguing feature of these porcelain dolls was the life-like matte finish of the doll skin. It gave a natural look to these porcelain dolls. Bisque dolls and porcelain dolls became immensely popular from 1860 to 1900 with the French and German doll makers. Vintage porcelain dolls when in right condition worth thousands of dollars.

Vintage China DollChina dolls are made of glazed porcelain. Typically, a china doll has a head made of glazed porcelain with painted hair while the body is finished with a cloth or with leather. These dolls were largely made in Germany between 1840 and 1940. It was only in the mid of 20th century that china dolls were being reproduced in Japan and the U.S. China dolls that are rare and elaborately decorated have a lot of value.

Vintage BarbieThe German Bild Lilli doll that resembled a fully grown woman inspired the birth of the famous Barbie doll. While Lilli made its debut in 1955, the world had its first taste of Barbie in 1959. In 1964 the production of Lilli was stopped while Barbie went ahead to capture the hearts of young and ultimately old girls. The value of vintage Barbies are generally high. The highest bid on a vintage Barbie was $17,000 and was sold in 2006.

Vinyl dolls were a breakthrough in the doll industry in the 1950s and 1960s. Vinyl helped doll makers to root hair into the head of the dolls finally doing away with painted heads or wigs. The market for vinyl dolls is still evolving and at this point a vinyl doll collector will get a healthy value for his vintage dolls on eBay and from other collectors.

vintage paper dollPaper dolls have been around for ages. Centuries back in the Asian tradition, faces or other items were added to paper and used for religious work. Even before the Christian era, the Japanese were into making paper figures. The first paper dolls to be made in Europe were in France in the mid 18th century. As paper dolls evolved with time, clothes were made for them that were held onto the dolls by folding tabs. Today vintage paper dolls are becoming extremely rare and it is for this reason mint uncut sets are being sold between $100 to $500

Composition dolls: First developed in the late 19th century from a material that was basically a mix of wood pulp and glue. They overtook the dolls market in the 1920s and was the preferred material up until the early 1950s. Most vintage composition dolls will sell for under $100. However original Shirley Temples, Madame Alexander and Effanbee dolls in mint condition can go for several hundred dollars.

vintage dollCelluloid dolls: As a generally low-cost and easily molded material celluloid was introduced by doll makers in the late 19th century. Most celluloid dolls were produced from 1900 up until the late 1940s by several companies in various different countries with Germany having the biggest production share. Usually you can find vintage celluloid dolls at reasonable prices.

Cloth dolls were a marvel of the loving touch of a mother and grandmother who made dolls for her children. It was in the 1840s when Izannah Walker (American doll maker) made the first cloth dolls. Cloth dolls became popular in America and Europe in the mid 19th century. Hand made dolls by well known doll makers such as  Izannah Walker and Ella Smith if in a good condition can even cost around $15,000. In general, vintage dolls with their original clothes and packaging can cost a collector quite a lot.

Wooden dolls: The history of wooden dolls goes back to the Ancient Times in countries like Greece and Egypt. However, they were widely used as children toys in the 16th century in Britain and later in central Europe. Wooden dolls are difficult to appraise especially if there is no stamp from the manufacturer or sign from the artist thus most of them will sell for low prices. One the other hand, wooden dolls aged more than 100 years may cost a few thousands if they are in good condition and if they have their original clothing.