The Magic of Automatons

Posted in Dolls

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. 1.    Gretchen Model… 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

Posted in Dolls, Top 5 & 10

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 »

You Are A Child Of The 1970s If You Played With These Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

1. Dawn by Topper Toys: 6-inch dawn and her friends were made of vinyl with rooted hair and long lashes.  They had large wardrobes and amazingly tiny high heels.  Other dolls in the family were Angie, Dale, Gloria, Long Locks and Jessica, Gary, Ron, and Van.  Palitoy made the English version named Pippa.  Their rivals… Read more »

Ruby Lane Doll Week $500 Sweepstakes

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by Ruby Lane Social

    Help us celebrate Doll Week on Ruby Lane with a sweepstakes giveaway – one lucky winner will win a $500 Ruby Lane shopping spree. Shop for Dolls, Antiques, Vintage Collectibles, Furniture & Lighting, Fine Art, Glass, Porcelain & Pottery, Silver, Vintage Fashion, and Jewelry at Ruby Lane Sweepstakes starts November 4th 12:01am PDT… Read more »

2017 Holiday Doll Gift Guide

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by Ruby Lane

As hard as it is to cope with, the Holidays are mere weeks away.  If your shopping isn’t finished, here are suggestions to help those challenged when it comes to buying dolls as gifts.  Here is a new idea; pair a vintage doll with a doll being featured today.  Include an article about the vintage… Read more »

The Top 5 Factors That Experts Consider When Identifying and Valuing Vintage Playthings

Posted in Dolls, Guest Blogs, Top 5 & 10, Vintage Collectibles

by Ruby Lane

Special Guest Blog by Ruby Lane Shop Owner ‘Steiffgal’ Rebekah Kaufman You’ve just added a new treasure to your collection, and your gut tells you that there’s something special about it.   Or perhaps you have had an unusual doll or Teddy bear for years, and have always wondered if it has any real financial value… Read more »