Old composition bodies will probably bear some signs of play as well as damage from heat and cold. Just Me was made by , doll marked: Registered, Germany, A 310 7 0 1 or similar. Sometimes that is the best identification that can be made unless another researcher or collector has found the doll previously in its original packaging with the doll's name and has published the information. Each set has a specific theme, such as fairy tales or Wizard of Oz. Mattel, , Ideal and other modern doll makers often mark dolls with their name as the sole mark or as part of the mark. Check behind the ears, between the digits of the hands and feet.
Composition dolls overtook the market for in the early 20th Century. Usually, dolls made after 1890 or 1891 are marked with the country of origin. In the late 1940s companies finally created the first truly unbreakable doll out of hard plastic. Composition dolls began to replace and dolls in the American market during the early part of the 20th century. Cloth Madame Alexander dolls are still in production, sold under the Play Alexander line because they are more suitable for children than the delicate collectible dolls. They should never be encased in plastic, since the inability of plastic to breathe will result in retained moisture and possibly mold damage or rot. Since Madame Alexander dolls are still in production, buyers can purchase contemporary dolls at high-end toy stores and collectible doll shops, or they can search online auction sites like eBay to find Madame Alexander dolls produced during various eras in the company's history.
Also, over time and under changing conditions, such as humidity and temperature, the outer layer of paint can develop fine surface cracks, called crazing. These pointers will help you determine if your doll is antique or not. Composition was used to make doll bodies for many years, from approximately the late 1870s, long before it was widely used to make doll heads. Factors to Consider When Buying Madame Alexander Dolls Collectors who are interested in need only decide which doll they like best, while individuals who enjoy collecting older vintage and modern dolls may need to research potential investments. This way, the wig is actually molded into the shape of the head it's intended to fit.
She is mother to four children, two adopted internationally, and has had small businesses involving sewing and crafting for children and the home. Look on bottom of feet to see if country is marked there? Antique china dolls, on the other hand, will be very smooth like expensive china, but usually have black specks from dust under the glaze. The company was sold to the Noma Electric Company in 1946. Vogue dolls can be made of bisque, rubber, composition, celluloid, hard plastic, vinyl and plush stuffed animals. Reproduction dolls have perfectly coiffed wigs of synthetic, mohair, or human hair.
Examine the body of the doll. Antique doll wigs were made from human hair or mohair. Antique dolls were considered toys, not valuable collectibles. However, it is hard to get your hands on a genuine antique porcelain doll from the 1800s and 1900s. If you dropped hard plastic it didn't break, if you put it near fire it didn't ignite like celluloid and if you got it wet like composition you didn't ruin the finish.
Antique bisque dolls feel like light grade sandpaper, but reproductions will be smooth. You can determine if a wig is human hair, by burning a strand of hair. The value ranges according to their time period, maker, and style. Sometimes, black and brown colors were also used to paint the eyes. Large Mama Dolls, for instance, might have a head and lower limbs of composition but a torso of cloth. Composition dolls get human or mohair wigs, early hard plastic can have mohair or synthetic, Cissy should have synthetic but human hair goes into the styles more easily.
Box 2252 League City, Texas 77574 About Me: I am a stay at home mom to two beautiful children. Develop a relationship with a doll seller that you trust. However, the marketplace is also flooded with Effanbee examples from the 1970s and '80s that hold little value. I also have an antique booth. Lift the wig and pate starting from the back so as not to stretch or rip the wig. Reproductions are usually created by artists who hand paint their names, and possibly the year the doll was made somewhere near the factory markings.
Collectors often choose to focus on Madame Alexander dolls because of the sheer size of the company's historical catalog, with over 80 years worth of dolls to track down, but individuals who plan to purchase older models should first educate themselves on identifying and appraising the value of Madame Alexander dolls. Much more durable than their predecessors, composition dolls could withstand much more playwear. A large number of doll companies made composition dolls. Many dolls in this series have the Alexander sleep eyes; a feature innovated by Madame Beatrice. Her interest in fashion also led her to create the first full-figured doll, known as the Cissy doll, who sported haute couture styles of her day.
Mint and original dolls by Effanbee including dolls also do very well, as do composition dolls of well-known celebrities like Judy Garland and Deanna Durbin. Separate outfits were also available. The Age and Condition of Madame Alexander Dolls When assessing the value of a Madame Alexander doll, the age and condition are two important factors to consider. Purchasing Madame Alexander Dolls on eBay One of the major benefits you'll enjoy by purchasing collectible Madame Alexander dolls on eBay is the ability to search Completed Listings to find out how much others are paying for similar items. Effanbee dolls that were made before 1960 tend to be the most collectible and therefore demand higher prices. If a collector is inclined, a nice collection of from unmarked makers or dolls in replaced clothing can be built on a budget.
Effanbee is now owned by the Tonner Doll company. To draw the best price, the doll should be clean and the plastic should have no stains. Madame Alexander Baby Dolls Some doll collectors are especially taken by baby dolls, and for them, there is the line. This might make it difficult for you to judge if a doll is genuinely antique or not. Antiques were painted quickly and uniformly for the most part.