The Artful Home

Posted in Dolls

by Ruby Lane

Half dolls were used to bring beauty into daily life in the early 20th century and are still serving that purpose in collections today.

Wishing All Good Things for the New Year

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by Ruby Lane

The French custom of Etrennes gift giving inspired the creation of some of the most delightful doll sets which are now enjoyed by collectors of the 21st century.

150 Years Later….

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by Ruby Lane

Louisa May Alcott’s creation Little Women, has been embraced by fans for over 150 years. Read about this book and the dolls made based on these immortal characters.

All Decked Out

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by Ruby Lane

Every doll enjoys a change of clothing and the study of period patterns enables collectors to add to the wardrobe of their favorite doll.

The Many Faces of Gebrüder Heubach

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by Ruby Lane

Read about the vast array of character dolls created by this German firm in the early 20th century on the Rubylane doll lane blog.

Liddle Kiddles, Big Fun

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by Ruby Lane

Liddle Kiddles provided big fun for the children of the late 1960s and continue to do so for the collectors of today.

Things That Go Bump in the Night

Posted in Dolls, Holidays

by Ruby Lane

From ancient roots in mysticism and superstition to today’s more light-hearted celebrations Halloween can provide collectors with a bounty of antique and vintage treasures.

Charming Chinas

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by Ruby Lane

When we think of the mid 19th century one conjures up images of grace and gentility, poetry and elegance. These qualities are personified in the china dolls of the period.

Tiny Treasures

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by Ruby Lane

There is something about the world of miniatures that has always had the power to enchant. Whether whimsical representations or finely crafted miniature recreations of full-sized articles, these small delights capture the imagination and transport the viewer to a new realm.