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Identifying a Porcelain Doll?

Identifying a Porcelain Doll - doll wearing wire-rim glassesDoes anyone know who this old gal is? My husband found her in our crawl space after we moved in and I would like to cloth her. She has Millie written on her neck as well as 1-88. She then has "Peaches" and an ichthy (Jesus fish) on her neck as well.

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Identifying a Porcelain Doll
 
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July 1, 20190 found this helpful

It is the first of a lot of 88. It is probably not worth too much. I personally cannot find this doll on the Internet.

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July 1, 20190 found this helpful

Cute gal! I think what you have is a kit doll where someone either made her in a pottery glass (and marked her on their own) or etched their own info to a store bought head.

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I zoomed in on her body and it does not have the even stitching and fabric quality of what I am used to seeing on the vintage store purchased dolls....although I could be wrong. I sold dolls for years in various retail establishments and they looked different.

What I am seeing is some runching and uneven stitching and the fabric itself looks thinner than what came on the vintage dolls of the 1980s.

There was a big trend in the 1980s because store bought dolls were so expensive that there were kits and classes where loving moms and aunts and grandmas could make porcelain dolls. This could be what you have.

My feeling is she was probably made in 1988 or the mold was cast in 1988. The names were probably what the maker dubbed her and the ichthy was added to bless the doll by the maker.

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I suppose there could have been a Christian store bought doll maker/company out there and I am just not aware of it, but then I would think there would be a glut of those dolls on the market today and I would know about them just from my daily travels. To me, everything about her points to a kit doll.

All of this said, either way (if she was made or manufactured) she is very sweet and I am sure you could sell her, but what you would get for her would be dependent on the market. You could always start her at $50 and go down in value or if you really don't care about making a lot of money, start her at $1.99 in a 7 day auction on eBay and let the market dictate the price. If you sell her online be sure to pack her VERY WELL and weigh the box and put accurate measurements in the eBay postage section or you will lose money on shipping. Shipping just got very tricky with the USPS dimensional costs (if you are in the US google this so you understand the changes--they are huge and box size ADDS to the weight).

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There are literally tens of thousands of dolls for sale and the market is really soft right now. Many dolls that cost hundreds when new are selling at .99 cents, so don't be discouraged if she sits for sale for a long time until the right buyer comes along.

If you can hold on to her for a few years, you may fetch more or if you know a child who would love her, that would be the best way to give her a good life!

Thanks for sharing!! She is a neat! Great find!!!

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July 1, 20190 found this helpful

I agree with Pghgirl that you probably have a 'beginner's' kit doll.
I say beginner because it appears (from the photo) that she has a problem with her left arm? Is it sewed on correctly? It appears to be shorter than the right arm in the photo.

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Also; is the right leg 'dirty' or is this a different material than the rest of the body?
She would be cute dressed in a neat country style dress and these can be found at many craft stores or online.
Doll dress sizes usually go by the size of the doll (length - 14" or?) and they also have patterns if you wish to make your own.

I do not believe she would be very valuable but then - who really knows what someone will buy or pay - sold items are the surest way to check for current value.

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April 14, 20210 found this helpful

Shes a Peaches baby sculpted by Boots Tyner from the 80s. They have very little value unless a master doll maker made her, (unlikely from the painting), or if it has sentimental value to the owner.

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