Hats and Dolls

Posted in Dolls

by Ruby Lane

In Spring a doll’s fancy turns to thoughts of bonnets! Protection, fashion, social rank, nationality, explore the multi-faceted area of doll millinery in this month’s blog.

Women Doll Makers, Making History

Posted in Dolls

by Ruby Lane

Over the past 200 years, the world of dolls has offered women a myriad of opportunities not otherwise open to them. Dolls have provided an entrée into the male-dominated domain of industry and allowed many women a means of supporting themselves and their families. Dolls have also given a means of expression to many artistic… Read more »

In Praise of the Dolly Faced Doll

Posted in Dolls

by Ruby Lane

Collectors and dealers alike are no doubt familiar with the phrase “it’s a common German doll” used in reference to the many Dolly Faced dolls produced from the 1870s to the 1930s. But it behooves us to stop and consider why there are so many of these dolls, why they were made over such a… Read more »

Fascinating Wax Dolls

Posted in Dolls

by Ruby Lane

  Soft, translucent, malleable – wax has long been an ideal material for making representations on the human form. Some of the finest dolls of the past 3 centuries were made of wax.   In ancient times the Egyptians and Romans used wax to create human effigies. By the Middle Ages wax was used in… Read more »

Doll Making Pioneer Emma Clear

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by Ruby Lane

The roots of the hobby of doll collecting which today is enjoyed by enthusiasts around the world, took shape in early part of the 20th century. This growing interest in collecting dolls was fostered by doll collecting and doll making pioneer Emma Clear. Emma was born in St. Louis on April 14, 1879. She grew… Read more »

Holiday Gift Guide for Doll and Teddy Bear Lovers

Posted in Bears, Dolls

by Ruby Lane

The Holidays are here in full swing!  Do you know what to buy your doll and bear aficionado friends? Generally, we aren’t hard to please; most of us never met a doll or bear we didn’t like.  Yet, it can be hard to buy for the collector, or doll, who has everything, so here are… Read more »

Collecting 2.0 – Celebrating Dolls and Teddy Bears

Posted in Bears, Dolls

by Ruby Lane

Some of us have been collecting dolls and bears since childhood. Others started a little later, building their assemblages based on adult preferences – and budgets.  For many enthusiasts and Ruby Lane fans, identifying as a “collector” is a key part of how we see ourselves, spend our time and resources, and choose our friends…. Read more »

How Novel! Steiff’s Fantastic, and Fantastically Rare, Prewar Novelties

Posted in Bears, Dolls

by Ruby Lane

When most collectors think of the Steiff brand, button-in-ear Teddy bears and magnificent felt dolls come to mind. However, the company also has a lesser known prewar legacy of producing delightful novelties. For the most part, these “theme and variation” items were based on popular designs and characters of the day – but with a… Read more »

5 Fun Things to Do During Doll & Bear Week

Posted in Bears, Dolls

by Ruby Lane

November 12th – 18th is Doll and Bear Week on Ruby Lane! We are hosting a virtual celebration, which means you can attend no matter where you are in the world. Join in with our cameras as we explore London, England for the 200 Years of Childhood Doll and Bear Event. You can look forward… Read more »

Connecting With Your Next Dream Teddy Bear or Fine Plush Collectible

Posted in Bears, Dolls

by Ruby Lane

Calling all Teddy bear and fine plush enthusiasts!  Where do you have the best luck finding new treasures for your collection? One thing that is so exciting about this hobby is that the next great discovery is always just around the corner.  We’ve all had that extraordinary feeling of scoring and adding a delightful Ted… Read more »