Identifying a Porcelain Musical Doll?

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It's important to try to find any written or stamped clues on the doll's body, in order to identify the manufacturer of a porcelain musical doll.
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November 15, 2017

I have searched far and wide and cannot find out who this doll is made by. I thought maybe Marie Osmond, or her Olive May collection, or Gorham, but I just can't find anything.

She is a beautiful porcelain doll with black ringlets. She is also musical and plays "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". She has markings on her neck o/m A-2019

She is wearing a red velvet dress and cape.

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November 16, 20170 found this helpful
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I believe this doll was made to sell in stores for Christmas. Many markets in the US sold these dolls during the holidays to use as home decorations.

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The O/M is not a doll maker or at least a famous doll maker. As for the number on this doll it looks like the lot number the manufacture used when selling the dolls. These dolls are mass produced and sold during the holidays. I purchased a similar doll in 2004 for my mom. It was a musical doll such as this and it played a Christmas song.

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May 31, 2020

My auntie gave this musical doll to me many years ago, but I have no idea about her or if it is worth anything. She and I wanted to ask if anyone knows anything about this doll.

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June 3, 20200 found this helpful
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First off try to find any identifying marks on the doll. They normally are located on the back of the head, on her back or even the bottom of the feet. There should be some type of name on the doll because these dolls are mass produced and normally the company will put the name on the doll and also a number to tell you the lot and how many were made in this lot.

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If you can find this out it makes it a lot easier to find the doll company who made the doll.

Today dolls like this are not worth much at all but considering it is a musical doll it could be worth up to $35 tops depending on who has made the doll.

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April 22, 2019

The music box plays "do re mi". There are no marks whatsoever. I know it is at least from 1940 or earlier.

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April 22, 20190 found this helpful

Can you please clarify for me? Yous aid it plays do re mi...like from Sound of Music? Everything I know about that song (which is not a lot, but I do love a good musical) is that the song was from either 1959 or 1960...which would mean the doll was from that era, not the 1940s.

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Is it possible it plays a different tune or it is not the Sound of Music Do Re Mi? Just trying to clarify so I can give you the best info possible. Thanks for helping this old brain to figure it out!

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April 22, 20190 found this helpful

I think it does have value. Your best bet is to take it to a dealer who specializes in dolls.

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April 22, 20190 found this helpful

Cute doll. I guess you have your reasons for feeling the doll is from before 1940 but I agree with Pghgirl that DO Re Me tune is from Sound of Music and that was 1959. Perhaps it is another tune that sounds like Do Re Mi?

You can ask about your doll on the doll forum. You can ask your question and present your pictures (as well as measurements). These are real doll people and can identify most dolls but they do not offer very much information on value of a doll.

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If you decide to do this, please post back with what you find out.

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November 2, 20190 found this helpful

i have a doll similar look same eye brows porcelain and have porcelain hand and feet stuffed body and a wind up key did you find anything out as winter wonderland music was composed in yet the doll looks older . Im also trying to figure out what year my doll is

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March 1, 20200 found this helpful

I have the exact same doll, but she plays the Talk To the Animals song

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March 2, 2020

Does this wind up music playing porcelain clown have value?

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March 3, 20200 found this helpful

Prices on Esty vary and start off as low as $15 and go up from there. It seems that people price these according to what they want but they are not really selling them at the higher prices.

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It seems the lower the price the more luck people are having selling them. I would start off around $25 and take the best offer.

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March 3, 20200 found this helpful

Here are a few to help with pricing/selling www.ebay.com/.../48960

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March 8, 20200 found this helpful

basically, no

these figurines, if created after the 80s, are mass produced and have little value even when intact

this one is out of the box and looks like it's been around the block a few times

it is cute, though, so that's something

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March 8, 20200 found this helpful

Hi. Can you please post a clear photo? Also add a close up of the winder. How tall is it?

With more information, I hope I can give you a value. Unfortunately with this photo, I am just not sure what you have. Thanks!

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I received this doll from a neighbor who dealt in antiques. I don't know much about it and I couldn't find it on the internet. It is on a stand and has a key in the back to turn that plays music. The pink dress has a stain and is faded as well. I am curious what it is worth as well as any information about it such as time period. I am sure it is not worth much since it is most likely mass produced and not in very good condition.

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June 18, 20190 found this helpful

I would upload the picture to the forum at www.dollreference.com and see if someone can answer there, if you don't get an answer here.

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June 19, 20190 found this helpful

Are there any markings on it at all? There should be some insignia on the bottom or under the dress. Maybe comb the hair carefully. You can find antique appraisers on the internet. Try to take some good pictures in good lighting. They can give you an approximate estimate. Hope this helps. :)

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June 19, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks.

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I've got two porcelain dolls with no markings (or shoes!) and am wondering what they are if anyone can help :). They seem to be of the same brand and both have music boxes in their backs if that helps.

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April 29, 20190 found this helpful

These dolls look old. Undress them and see if you can find markings. It will be harder to give a value and age if you dont know who manufactured it.

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April 30, 20190 found this helpful

Hi Judy! I looked again & there's nothing under the hair or on the feet + no tags or anything on the clothing. These dolls are at least 25 years old from what I know.

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