Value of Old Dolls?

Several different dolls in traditional costumes.My mum gave me these dolls. I don't know anything about them and they have any markings from what I can see. It would be a shame to just give them away, if any was worth anything. It would be great if anyone had any knowledge.


Dolls dressed in traditional styles from across the world.
Two dolls dressed in an old fashioned style.
A doll with a fan and Spanish costume.
A doll dressed in a Beefeater uniform.
Dolls in various conditions.

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February 9, 20211 found this helpful
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What a nice collection.
It is difficult to answer when there are many different dolls/pictures in one question.
I have seen several of these same/similar dolls listed for sale online but I'm really only familiar with the series of similar dolls that were called 'Dolls of the World' and Dolls of the Land'(?) and were 'give a ways' or mail in orders from Arco Service stations and Blue Bonnet Margarine. There was another series that I have not seen; Reddi Wip but appears to be the same/similar dolls.


Here are some links with pictures of these dolls (and information). You may can find your particular dolls in some of the online sites.
It does not appear that you are interested in selling your dolls but the most information will come from dolls that are listed for sale.
Here are some of the dolls listed on eBay; first link is for dolls listed for sale:

This link is from eBay's dolls that have actually sold over the past few months.

I have had large collections of these but sold them several years ago but they have never been very valuable - just really cute and neat to have.

You can check one or more of these links to look for several of your dolls.


Hopefully there will be other information provided concerning your other dolls.

You can always post pictures and questions about your dolls on one or more of the doll forums but I would advise you to place them in 'alike' groups of maybe 3-4 as it is very difficult to provide information on pictures such as provided here. Groups of 'same kind' will let a responder ID those dolls and you can post them with several questions instead of one (which gets very confusing when trying to pick out one doll to ID).

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February 6, 20211 found this helpful

You will need to undress the dolls and look for markings. Look on the back of the neck, the back, the chest and the bottoms of the feet.


If there are no markings, the doll is probably not worth much.

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February 8, 20210 found this helpful

I have looked at all the dolls, most of them have their clothes glued on, so I can't take them of. They have no visible marking on them. Thank you

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You have a nice little collection. Are you asking because you want to sell? If that is the case, I will need a lot more info.

I can give you some general guidance to get you started in your research.


I think the three dolls (yellow, red and blue) in the ethnic clothing are part of a series of dolls given away at gas stations and there are tons of photos of these online under the titles Dolls of the World Arco (the gas station) or Dolls of the World Blue Bonnet or Redi Whip--who also gave them as promotions--the margarine company and the whipped cream in a can people. I want to say the Whip Can people were later, but the Arco I believe were in the 1960s and early 1970s.

The other trio may be part of that series--although the one on the far left looks too big for that series--so I would need to see more on her--more photos to figure out who she is.

The doll in a brown dress looks like a Holly Hobbie doll. Not sure if she was store bought or handmade--would need more pictures--front and back. The store bought ones may have had a hangtag or be marked on the neck or butt--but you say the clothes don't come off...I would have to research that more. Knickerbocker made the store versions. She could be mom made. Would need to see her.


The boy doll with the Holly Hobbie looks like he may be handmade--or if store made, maybe a cabbage patch knock off. I would need to see more of him to figure him out.

The gal in the pink dress may be a MARIN CHICLANA DOLL. This is not a person--Marin is the doll company and Chiclana is the providence where the factory was. I don't think they exist any more. These are not my specialty so my knowledge is limited---but there is a ton of info on Google about the dolls. You would have to find an exact match to find out her value (looking only at sold prices--not asking).

The British Guard Doll or English Grenadier Guard is plentiful on the market. Is he hard plastic? How tall? Most are unbranded. You would have to find an exact match to find out his value (looking only at sold prices--not asking).

I hope this gets you started. If my estimates are right, you may be able to fetch $5-15 for each doll...give or take. I don't see any super valuable dolls in the lot--so sadly you won't be able to retire from the sale, but you could offer them up and see what you fetch.

When searching--be sure to know your dolls size and match exactly to what you find in eBay's solds.

If you don't find any sold, you can use asking price as guidance, but I will tell you people can ask a million dollars, value is only what someone will pay. It pays to look at UNSOLDS and undercut that price.

Post back if I can be of further assistance!

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February 10, 20210 found this helpful

Thank you so much for the advice, I'll be looking into it.

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Post back if you need any guidance to sell!

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August 17, 20210 found this helpful

I had a doll that was just like the third picture. My grandmother got it for me in the late 1960s. She traveled a lot and got it in Madrid Spain. It looks exactly the same as mine did

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