Never Enough Dollers: An Overview of China Dolls

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by Ruby Lane Social

China dolls are my favorites types of antique dolls; I love that they reflect history. You can learn of hair-styles popular during their era and also the fashion trends of elaborate gowns. But you can also often find these dolls dressed in every day cotton dresses. The names given to these dolls, by collectors and… Read more »

Cybermogul Dolls – Thank you!

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The woman in line ahead of me at the post office was looking for the unemployment office. “They’ve move, no one was there. They didn’t even leave a note or a sign. Do you know where the new office is?” I shook my head, “No, sorry I don’t know.” I still don’t know where the… Read more »

Cybermogul Dolls: How to Ship an Antique Doll

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by Ruby Lane Social

So, you were fortunate enough to buy an antique doll at an estate sale and made great money when you sold it. Now it is time to ship the doll to your buyer – do you know how to package an antique doll? Really? Here is an excerpt from an email I recently received from… Read more »

Cybermogul Dolls: M for Moola

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by Ruby Lane Social

It’s amazing the things you find while you are looking for something else.   Yesterday I was restringing an antique doll and spied a missing S hookhttp://blog.rubylane.com/node/add/story caught just inside the leg opening, wrapped in the old elastic cording. I dislodged the hook and out it came, bringing with it a confetti of tattered newsprint. The… Read more »

Cybermogul Dolls – Brusing for Serendipity

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No, brusing is not a typo. I meant to write that. In fact, I just made it up. Go ahead, ask any antique doll collector what their “dream doll” is and I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts (no, I didn’t make that expression up, my mother did), the answer will be a “Bru.” If you… Read more »

Sunday Dolls: The Passion Behind Doll Collecting

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by Ruby Lane Social

Welcome to my first Ruby Lane ’Notes from the Lane’ blog. Let me begin by telling you that I am a former psychology professor with training in the arts, and have been collecting dolls since childhood (a long time ago!). I’ve always been interested in why we ‘doll people’ are so passionate about our collections… Read more »

Marks4Antiques: Contemporary Dolls from the 1950s to Present

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by Ruby Lane Social

Contemporary dolls – those plastic and vinyl made since around 1950 – are growing in popularity among collectors. There is a smorgasbord to choose from, and along with abundant availability there are still reasonable prices showing an upward trend. Criticism has been directed towards the modern doll as a child’s toy by some. Yet these… Read more »

Marks4Antiques: Contemporary Dolls from the 1950’s to Present

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by Ruby Lane Social

Contemporary dolls – the plastic and vinyl dolls made since around 1950 – are growing in popularity among collectors. There is a smorgasbord to choose from; along with abundant availability, and there are still reasonable prices, showing an upward trend. Some collectors have criticized the modern doll as a child’s toy. Yet, these same dolls… Read more »

A Brief History of Antique China Dolls Part 1

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by Ruby Lane Social

The Early Years – 1840s Rare Beauties by Kathy Turner of Virtu Doll Doll collecting is one of the most active of collecting areas. China dolls are my own particular focus and I would like to share some of knowledge with you. If I can ever part with some, you may see them turn up… Read more »