Whether called a Jester-Stick, Fool's Bauble, Whirling Musical Toy, Folie, or Party Fancy the Marotte has brought a smile to people young and old for centuries. Today's collectors can enjoy the 19th century and early 20th century commercially made pieces or enjoy modern artisan made examples.
Posted Thu , Sep 24th, 2020 at 3:54 am
For many years the dolls of the late 19th and early 20th century marked "Nippon," were largely overlooked in favor of European and American made dolls. However, today we have a better understanding of their importance in the history of dolls and a new appreciation for these products.
Posted Thu , Aug 20th, 2020 at 7:03 am
Room boxes are a delightful way to enjoy crafting and collecting miniatures. Read about some of the American forerunners of the artisans and enthusiasts enjoying this aspect of the hobby of doll collecting.
Posted Wed , Aug 19th, 2020 at 6:59 am
If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the stove is the heart of the kitchen. For generations stoves have provided heat to warm the body, dry the laundry and cook the food. The variety of designs employed in this most useful appliance can be seen in the array of stoves made for use in dollhouses and as children's toys.
Posted Wed , Jul 29th, 2020 at 6:02 am
Pawtucket, RI resident Martha Jencks Chase founded a company that transitioned from its beginnings as a cottage industry to a becoming a business with customers around the world, lasting almost 100 years.
Posted Wed , Jul 29th, 2020 at 5:22 am
Dolls with molded hats have been made of many materials through the years and can be a fascinating niche in the world of doll collecting.
Posted Tue , Jun 23th, 2020 at 9:00 am
Ideal created a world of play opportunity with their Tammy doll and her family and friends. Read about them in our blog Here's Tammy.
Posted Mon , Jun 22th, 2020 at 10:39 am
Dolls in bridal-wear have long held a place in the hearts of collectors, symbolizing love and serving as tangible remembrances of one of life's most important events.
Posted Fri , May 22th, 2020 at 6:24 am
World Doll Day was established in 1984 to use dolls as a means to foster love, understanding and a sense of community within the world. These worthy goals were not new to 1984. In fact, a number of doll collecting notables had been doing their part to foster these same goals for decades. One such influence was that of Ruby Short McKim and her family-operated company called Kimport Dolls.
Posted Fri , May 22th, 2020 at 5:40 am
In the early 20th century a dynamic young illustrator gave birth to her most famous creation, the Kewpies.
Posted Mon , Apr 20th, 2020 at 6:59 am
After more than 200 years peg-jointed wooden dolls are still being collected, made and enjoyed today.
Posted Fri , Apr 17th, 2020 at 7:57 am