All About Bewitched!

Posted in Dolls, Holidays

by Ruby Lane

Bewitched, starring Elizabeth Montgomery, ran as a popular TV series from 1964-1972. In the show, Montgomery played a witch who married a mortal and chose to live as a mortal housewife.   Academy Award-winning actress Agnes Moorehead played Endora, Samantha Stevens’ mother.  Maurice Evans, along with Werner Klemperer (Col. Klink of Hogan’s Heroes), played her father…. Read more »

The Best of Bazi | All About Steiff Dachshunds

Posted in Dolls, Vintage Collectibles

by Ruby Lane

Special Guest Blog by Ruby Lane Shop Owner ‘Steiffgal’ Rebekah Kaufman Sometimes, Steiff really goes to the dogs – in the best way possible. One of the company’s most beloved early post-war pooches is a pattern called Bazi the Dachshund.  He was introduced in 1949 and proved so irresistible that Steiff soon started producing him… Read more »

Grab a Broom and Fly Away! Top 5 Witch Dolls for October

Posted in Dolls

by Ruby Lane

Witch dolls have existed since ancient times, where some were ritual or religious figures for various religions.  The oldest human figure of all, The Venus of Willendorf and her prehistoric sisters, are still revered by some religions today. Image magic is also very old, and discussed by archaeologists, anthropologists, and early doll writers like Max… Read more »

Top Five Favorite Antique Parian Dolls

Posted in Dolls, Top 5 & 10

by Ruby Lane

A ‘parian’ doll is defined as a type of white porcelain doll that is not tinted or colored. Popular doll culture has named fine, untinted porcelain dolls Parians, after the fine marble found on the Greek isle of Paros.  They were primarily made in Germany around 1860-1880. We enjoy collecting many types of this matte-finished… Read more »

Top 5 Dolls Every Collector Should Own

Posted in Dolls, Top 5 & 10

by Ruby Lane

1.    Shirley Temple:  Ideal’s 1930s composition Shirleys caused a furor.  Step aside, CPKs and Furby; the curly golden girl topped everyone.  There were all kinds of variations on the original doll, and paper dolls, clothing, figures, and glassware, too. A series of 1950s dolls were created, as well as a 1972 model of Shirley wearing… Read more »

The Top Five Reasons to LOVE Dollhouses

Posted in Dolls, Top 5 & 10

by Ruby Lane

Miniatures and miniature rooms existed even in the Stone Age, where the 40,000-year-old Venus figures mostly fit in the palm of one’s hand.  The famous Nampa figurine found in Idaho could be older, or a hoax, according to conflicting archaeologists, but it, too, is only inches high. Miniatures and mini rooms existed in Ancient Egypt… Read more »

Pretty Is and Pretty Does; All Dolls Have Beauty

Posted in Dolls

by Ruby Lane

“When you loved dolls and studied them, you started to love all kinds of people too, because you saw the virtue in their expressions, how carefully they had been sculpted, the parts contrived to create the triumph of this or that remarkable face.” Anne Rice, Taltos. Anne Rice with her collection of dolls, photo by… Read more »

Pinafored Poupees: Aprons on Dolls

Posted in Dolls

by Ruby Lane

Vintage aprons for life-sized “dolls” have been popular collectibles for several years, but dolls, too, are big fans of apron-style.  Here are the top five “pinafored poupees:” 1. Raggedy Ann:  Ann’s combination apron-pinafore made of snowy white material is iconic.  Aprons like hers that covered a little girl’s dress were de rigueur fashion pieces when… Read more »

Five Past and Present Doll Artists to Know and Love

Posted in Dolls

by Ruby Lane

1.    Gregg Ortiz: This talented young artist has captured the best of doll making with the tradition of fine antique doll creation.  He applies eye lashes to his doll himself, and the costumes are often elaborate designs.  Ortiz dolls are one-of-a kind creations which spare no detail and are signed by the artist.  They are… Read more »