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 »

Ruby Lane Doll & Bear Week $500 Sweepstakes

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by Ruby Lane

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

There Is No House Without A Doll

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by Ruby Lane

Dolls touch everyone’s life one way or another. Even those who claim they have no dolls or don’t like them have had a doll or doll-related object in their lives.  Here are some dolls and doll related objects that fit the doll theme, or what Lea Baten calls “The Doll Motif.”  Basically, anything that is… Read more »

5 Surprising Facts About Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

1.    The oldest dolls known are Venus or Goddess figures that date back 40,000+ years. Once thought to be solely ritual figures, these faceless idols may have been intended originally as objects for children, according to some archaeologists. A similar figure was found in North American in 1889 called the Nampa Figurine.  It is controversial,… Read more »

Why We Love Dollhouses (And You Should Too!)

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by Ruby Lane

The first dollhouses on record are probably the Dutch cabinet houses and Nuremburg doll houses, meant more for adults as cabinets of curiosities than for children.  The novel The Miniaturist is based on these. One great example that still survives is Mon Plaisir, from the 18th century. The Nuremberg House open, 1673 via Victoria and… Read more »

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 »

Top 5 Dolls Every Collector Should Own

Posted in Dolls, Top 5 & 10

by Ruby Lane

1.    Shirley Temple:  Ideal’s 1930s composition Shirleys caused a furor.  Step aside, CPKs and Furby; the curly golden girl topped everyone.  There were all kinds of variations on the original doll, and paper dolls, clothing, figures, and glassware, too. A series of 1950s dolls were created, as well as a 1972 model of Shirley wearing… Read more »

Pretty Is and Pretty Does; All Dolls Have Beauty

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by Ruby Lane

“When you loved dolls and studied them, you started to love all kinds of people too, because you saw the virtue in their expressions, how carefully they had been sculpted, the parts contrived to create the triumph of this or that remarkable face.” Anne Rice, Taltos. Anne Rice with her collection of dolls, photo by… Read more »