Identifying a MBI Porcelain Doll

I got this 1990 MBI doll. I believe it's porcelain. The antique shop didn't have any information about her and I can't find it online to. I kinda think that it's not the original outfit and probably she had a face repaint. I will be happy to find any information about her.

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July 15, 20190 found this helpful

These are Danbury Mint dolls. They are not expensive. You can look on eBay and eventually this one will pop up.

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July 15, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you. So am I right about face repaint and new outfit?

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July 16, 20190 found this helpful

She is lovely!

It is very challenging to tell from a photo if her face was painted. Is there something that leads you to believe it was?

Validating the outfit is also a challenge. Are there any tags in it?

My two suggestions are:

1. Contact Danbury Mint and see if they can help you ID her and validate the outfit and face. Their contact info is 1-800-243-4664.

I contacted them with a question a few months ago and while they could not provide what I needed, they were kind and responded quickly. My question was not related to identifying a doll, so I am not sure if they do that, but it is a good place to start.


The photos will need to be of a better quality of they want to see them--you may want to try taking them outside in indirect sunlight so they are clear and bright. Take several of different angles of the face and outfit.

2. If they can't help you, there is a Facebook group called Porcelain doll collector's + accessories buy and sell. People frequently post questions on DM dolls, so maybe one of those folks can give you more info. I have found groups like this to be very helpful and usually very kind.

Please post back what you learn! I am very curious. I sold collectible dolls for years and almost everyone I know who bought or sold them, they were never played with or even undressed. I know some friends would threaten their kids never to touch the dolls because "some day they will be worth something", which was so sad since dolls were meant to be loved and played with--NOT sit on a shelf and rot. For this reason, I will be shocked if your gal is not in an original outfit. She may be missing parts of the a hat, but my guess is that the outfit is hers.

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July 16, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you so much for information. It is really helpful.I think that outfit is homemade. It really feels like someone made it at home without professional tools and also it doesn't fit her perfectly so that's why I believe it isn't her original.


And her lips don't really fit mold. I feel like teeth were painted after some time.

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July 16, 20190 found this helpful

I believe the outfit may be original but probably included a hat or parasol.

Since these dolls were mass produced and have been in the low value category for several years, I'm not sure why someone would go to so much trouble to repaint her face.
Work like that is usually only done on antique dolls as it is a very special art and costly to have done. Of course, it is possible someone used the doll for 'practice' but cannot tell from the pictures.

You do not give the size (tall?) but USPS rate changes has increased so much that it will cost $40-$50 to ship any doll over 18-19 inches in height which will reduce the sales and value even more than in past years.

You can ask doll forums about your doll but most of these do not always show very much interest in newer dolls.

You can always check eBay for listings to see if your doll shows up.


Just remember, only sold prices show current value.
But you may not be interested in selling but these listings can many times supply useful information about the brand and the dolls.

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July 16, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you for information. I love her the way she is but Im really curious about her past. It feels like she got some fresh parts to her outfit and face. I had another Russian porcelain doll and her paint didn't look as fresh and airbrushed as my current doll's. And I want to believe that she was someone's practice canvas. Its nice to think that she has some interesting history

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July 16, 20190 found this helpful

The thing is - we are only seeing a picture and you are holding the doll and that makes a beg difference. I'm glad you are so curious about her because it means you will probably adore her the way she was intended to be.


Her dress may not fit exactly but from here it looks very pretty and could be an original; but if you like it then that is all that matters.

I do know that you can ask about her on the doll forum and if you present goo pictures, someone will probably be able to identify her for you.

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July 17, 20190 found this helpful

Ill send you more picture when ill get her stand cause she is too big for once I have and she doesn't want to stand by her own. Im sorry about it

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July 19, 20190 found this helpful

She is pretty but many of the larger dolls will not stand on their own and have to be propped or sitting in a child's chair.
Please think about asking for help on the doll forum site.
They have all the answers (probably)...

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