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

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by Ruby Lane

Two Rhode Island women named Izannah Walker and Martha Chase each opened highly successful commercial doll making businesses in the male-dominated business world of the 19th century. 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… Read more »

In Praise of the Dolly Faced Doll

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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 »

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 to Start a Doll Club

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by Ruby Lane

It all started with a doll or two you saved from your childhood, and a couple more you bought at a yard sale because you thought they were cute.  Then, your friends and family brought you some more dolls as souvenirs. Soon, you realize that you are a doll collector. You perform your due diligence,… Read more »

How to Join a Doll Club

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by Ruby Lane

Photo courtesy of Bruce A. DeArmond There’s more fun as well as safety in numbers.  Collecting dolls is as social as it gets; great shows, conventions, shopping trips, museum tours, “collection hops,” the fun never ends.  So, how do you find like-minded doll friends to share your hobby with?  Join a doll club!  Here’s how:… Read more »

10 Clues You Might Be a Doll Addict

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by Ruby Lane

On the Dolls Lane, we live and breathe dolls all day, every day. It’s safe to say that we are doll addicts. If you’ve heard the saying, ‘it takes one to know one,’ let us know if any of these telltale clues apply to you! 1.    You tell your fiancé that you would rather have… Read more »

Dolls of the Seven Continents

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by Ruby Lane

Lakota Beaded and Quilled Doll 1880-1890 on Ruby Lane 1. North America:  North American has a rich history of dolls.  Dolls and clay figures from Mexico have been found in tombs, archaeological digs, and at the foot of volcanoes.  Fairly new research into Mexican doll making shows that as in Europe, entire families were devoted… Read more »

You Might Be A Doll Collector If…

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by Ruby Lane

Being a doll collector isn’t just a hobby – it’s a lifestyle! There are many signs that one can see when they are a doll collector. From having ‘dolldar’ on all of the time to rooms full of dolls, being a doll collector is quite simply THE BEST! Here are a couple more signs to… Read more »