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For another view on the 'value' of porcelain dolls, especially those from collectors' series of more recent vintage (40 years old and newer), we can look to the wise words in doll reference.com:
"Modern porcelain collector dolls sold from about the 1980s to present, were meant to appeal to adult doll collectors, not children. The theory was; buy it, keep it in the box or debox, but keep it unplayed with, after some time passes, you'll be able to sell it for more money than your original purchase and make a profit. Dolls were easily found in department stores, grocery store toy aisles, card shops, toy stores and on TV from QVC etc. The quantities sold of each collector doll could be large, it's the sheer quantity of all available porcelain collector dolls today, that is determining the current value, as they flood the market place, online and elsewhere..... Sad to say, but these dolls are now available in such large quantities they have little to no value today."
For decades, doll manufacturers used some very specific glyphs and symbols as 'signatures' that kind of look like Satanic amulet markings to identify their creations. These marks usually appear on the back of the dolls head, on the back, under arms, bottoms of the feet, but could really be anywhere.
Some links that identify these marks are here:
Also learn to distinguish what materials your dolls are made out of. Dolls can be made out of bisque, celluloid, china, hard plastic, cloth, composition, wax, metal, or wood. Knowing the materials can give a hint as to the doll's ages. For instance, bisque was mainly used in the 1800's, and if you have a celluloid doll you know it cannot be older than 1940, which is when the material was outlawed.
"with the name, maker or type of doll, use the below link to; Ebay Advanced Search - Find Items - Doll Sold Listings. Fill in the details on the form on the page link, check the Completed Auctions Only box and you will see recently
sold doll prices which are shown in green and that's as current a doll value, as you can get.
First of all there is the issue of actual intrinsic value to consider. Under these circumstances, most certainly any doll manufactured from the 70s and older that happens to be in impeccable condition should have some intrinsic value.
The second issue, however, is what the marketplace will bear. Who is buying these dolls? How much are they willing to pay for them? If something theoretically is worth $1000 but nobody wants to buy it, is it really worth that? These are some of the contradictions of capitalism that have been around since the days of the tulip frenzy of the 1600s and that continue on through today with the overvalued and essentially worthless tech startups of Silicon Valley. Anybody remember the Beanie Baby craze of the 90s? Or the yearly bloodletting at Black Friday as folks mow each other down to get the newest Hatchling or whatever other commodified abomination is trending that Christmas season? Well, next time any of these 'phenoms' involves porcelain dolls, (and the commodity fetish marketplace is so fickle that, really, you never know) then all of you, dear friends, wanting to extract monetary value from your pretty dolls will be laughing all the way to the bank.
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You will have to undress the doll and look for markings. If there are none, it is probably not worth much.
DNS collection doll
They are pretty. I am not familiar with DNS.
There is a home decorating manufacturing company (with a store) called DNS, you may want to contact them and see if they are the maker:
Let us know what you find!
You can do a search on "Google" or go to eBay and see if there are any dolls like yours listed for sale . or try Craigslist .
I believe there may be some confusion about the maker of these dolls. It does not appear that DNS actually made these dolls but it is possible they sold them at one time.
I don't believe these dolls are very old thus probalby not worth too much but here's a cool site that lists a bunch of 'collectible' doll manufacturers and their prices secure.ttreasures.com/
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I found these old dolls while cleaning out my wife's mom's house. Can anyone tell me what they are? We were told that they are collectible. If not they will go into the Goodwill box.
Undress the doll and look for markings on the neck, back, chest and bottom of feet. You can also upload those pictures to the forum at www.dollreference.com. Someone there can help
These are lovely and look very old. There should be markings on the back of the neck, butt, back or feet. Can you photograph the markings? Can you also tell me if the body is cloth or what you think it is made from? How tall are they.
The one with the pantaloons maybe a Horseman doll (the brand), the bottom one may be a German doll.
If you can't find markings to post, I suggest finding a reputable antique store in your town (or several) and shop them to them.
If you talk to them about insurance value, they may give you more information than if you talk to them about values and selling them.
Some old dolls are quite valuable and some are not. There are so many variables including how many were made, condition and just general demand for a type.
Sleepy eye dolls are often in demand if the eyes work.
Leather shoes (which it looks like one doll has) are also in very high demand. I just sold a pair of dolly leather shoes for $50 recently!!
It is hard to tell if the clothes are original to the dolls or not. Sometimes the clothing is worth more than the dolls! Which I find just fascinating!
If you can provide more info, I can try to help. If not, please post back what the experts tell you. These are quite lovely and I hope they are valuable and that you get a nice windfall from them if you sell them!! Definitely NOT for the Goodwill box!!!
Thank you I will check for markings and let you know what I find
Anyone have any idea about these dolls? The heads are heavy and I can't determine what they are made of. There are no makings anywhere.
I would take these to a dealer. I think they are very old and have some value.
They are way cool!! I would contact a doll museum:
They may have more info. I would love to learn what they say.
They could be very old primitives or reproductions.
Except for the marks on the one, they look too clean to me. Old dolls were usually well loved and some played with until they literally fell apart. Doll restorers love those. These look like old new because they are clean. Children in the olden days didn't "put their dolls up" like the 70-now collection series dolls.
Of course it is possible that they are old dolls newly dressed. What is the stitching like in the clothes? If it is very uneven hand stitching that would be a good sign. What are the bodies stuffed with? Sawdust would be a good sign or hollow. Fiberfill, not so good.
I hope you learn they are old and valuable and that my bit of skeptical view is way off! Can't wait to hear what you learn! Please post back with details!!
these look old and honestly almost like they are Amish or home made. They are possible invaluable because of this
A doll I got in 1954 has a hard body and is about 18 in tall. She will walk with you when you hold her hands and move her legs from side to side with hands. Is there any value for this now?
I think you are referring to the Suzy Walker doll.
This one on Etsy has an asking price of $168. The selling price is the one that tells you what it is really worth.