Identifying Porcelain Dolls

I found some beautiful dolls while thrifting and would love to know a bit more about them. I cannot find any markings on these dolls apart from the twins, but can still find no information. Any help would be appreciated.
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October 23, 20180 found this helpful

These are mass-produced dolls, probably worth $10 each or less.

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October 24, 20180 found this helpful

These are very pretty!! I always encourage people to buy dolls that they love and will enjoy...which is what dolls were made for....to be loved! None look familiar to me and I sold dolls in retail for many years.

So trying to figure out who they are may be a challenge if none (but the twins) have marks (did you check under the hair--on the scalp, the feet and butt, small of back maybe?). But it isn't impossible. It will take a lot of work.

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You can show them to everyone you know and put her on other doll websites as everyone has their own little niche and someone may recognize them immediately.

This one is a little bit of a challenge because there have been millions of dolls made around the world...and finding the right person the first time out is a little like finding a needle in a haystack :(

The second easiest way to start is to go to Google images and type in their description, like the height, hair color, dress style etc. to piece together info.

You can do this same type of search in eBay to learn more by reading posts. DO NOT USE ACTIVE AUCTIONS TO DETERMINE VALUE THOUGH...ONLY SOLD AUCTIONS WILL TELL YOU WHAT SOMEONE WILL ACTUALLY PAY FOR A DOLL.

You can do things like figure out if the hair is human or synthetic by burning a strand:

This YouTube video talks about that. www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb4tCcnA6jo

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You can try to see what they stuffed with (always risky because you don't want to cause damage). Typically really old dolls were stuffed with things like sawdust or cotton (not modern synthetic materials).

You can try to figure out of the hands and/or face is porcelain or bisque:

en.wikipedia.org/.../Bisque_porcelain

A couple of my favorite sites are below that may be useful to you:

www.thesprucecrafts.com/identify-your-doll-773879

dollreference.com/

antiques.lovetoknow.com/Antique_Dolls_China_Head

There are also a list of doll museums that I have been considering putting my my bucket list to call to see if they help with identifications. If one is near you, maybe you could take them for a road trip:

www.thesprucecrafts.com/doll-museums-around-the-world-775042

The only one that (to me) looks like she may be of value (if you are asking because you want to resell them) is the one in the pink dress. I would test a strand of her hair and if it is human, you may want to dig deeper into her lineage! The twins--because they have "collection" on their tag are most likely newer (from the 70s or later) and were of the mass produced genre where there were lots of sets born to retail.

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Post back if you want to learn more about how to sell them if that is your goal!

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