A Dog For Every Doll

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by Ruby Lane

Doll Lovers, Have you considered collecting dog artifacts for your dolls? There are many fantastic antique and vintage examples of them in every Lane of www.rubylane.com Boston Terrier Dog German Porcelain Figurine People love dolls, and they love dogs. Doll-makers have recognized this fact, and some doll-makers have manufactured toy dogs for their most successful… Read more »

Five Ways To Learn About Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

Doll collecting is fun, educational, and thrilling. Before you spend your hard earned money on luxury items, learn all you can about the object of your collecting desire. Learning about dolls is exciting, and you learn about art, history, music, crafts, and culture along with learning about the dolls themselves. Here are some tips on… Read more »

Black History Month: The Legacy of Black Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

Besides being toys and art objects, dolls have played a role as educational tools for centuries.  Noted scholars including G. Stanley Hall, Laura Starr, and Janet Pagter Johl have written about the educational value of dolls for some time.  Mary Hillier in Dolls and Doll Makers pictures two wooden dolls that were used to solve… Read more »

The Magic of Automatons

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by Ruby Lane

The news was recently abuzz with an incredible story; Saudi Arabia made an android, or robot, a citizen.   Ever since a 1797 brochure called Mr. Haddock’s Andorides was published about an exhibition of automatons, the fascination with this fusion of doll and machinery has never stopped.  There are all kinds of horror films and novels… Read more »

Ring In The New Year With Étrennes

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by Ruby Lane

Étrennes means New Year’s gifts, and commemorates a time when fine French dolls were featured as gifts for January 1st.  January gifts are exchanged in other countries, as well, including Greece.  In South America, gifts are sometimes exchanged on January 6th, the day of The Three Kings.  A large Etrennes poster with dolls and toys… Read more »

German Character Dolls: Top Five for Collectors

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by Ruby Lane

K*R Kammer and Reinhardt hold the record for the highest price paid an antique doll for the character doll Bonham’s sold at auction for nearly $400,000. When the hammer went down on this auction, German character dolls came into their own. Here are five German Character examples any doll collector would appreciate. The world’s most… Read more »

Steiff’s Christmas Countdown!

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by Ruby Lane

Special Guest Blog by Ruby Lane Shop Owner ‘Steiffgal’ Rebekah Kaufman Steiff and celebrations go hand in hand. Steiff treasures are great gifts for doll and Teddy fans, and nothing says “I love you” more than a little something with a button-in-ear.  These happy pals from Giengen, Germany also make delightful Christmas decorative items. They… Read more »

Top 5 Gift Ideas For A Doll Collector

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by Ruby Lane

That’s right, everyone – the Holidays are here, and Christmas will be here before we know it. Doll Collectors Unite! Here are some ideas for gifts for doll collectors everywhere. 1. A subscription to a doll magazine: We collectors are forever studying about our treasures.  There are excellent publications for doll making, collecting, antique dolls,… Read more »