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Dolls - General

Dolls have existed for thousands of years and there is some archaeological evidence that they were the oldest of all toys. Wooden paddle dolls have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs dating from as far back as 2000 B.C., as well as fragments of an alabaster doll with movable arms dating to the Babylonian period. Dolls made from wood, clay, bone, stone, and rags were buried in the graves of ancient Greek and Roman girls, while dolls from households with more money were made of ivory or wax.

Dolls dating back to 600 B.B. were given movable arms and removable clothes to make them more lifelike. After ancient times, Europe became the center of doll production. Until the 1800s, most of these dolls were made of wood and carved to represent adult people. Wax dolls were also produced in the 17th and 18th centuries in Germany and England. In the 1800s, doll makers began molding mixtures of pulp wood and paper under high pressure to form doll heads and limbs. These mixtures were called composition and they allowed doll makers to mass produce durable dolls. The 1800s also saw the introduction of porcelain dolls including china head and bisque dolls.

In the later 1800s, doll makers began to manufacture dolls using celluloid, an early form of plastic. This material was used until the '50s. After World War II, more durable forms of plastic became available, and doll makers began to use hard plastic to manufacture dolls. Rubber and foam rubber were also used. In the '60s, vinyl was introduced into doll manufacturing, allowing doll makers to root hair into dolls' heads. Most dolls today are mass produced using modern materials, but collectible dolls are made using a variety of traditional methods.

Recommended Items at Auction

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Rare Early American Carved Wood Doll Folk Art
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Rare Early American Carved Wood Doll Folk Art
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1,05023 Bids
A very large Americana doll
Dec 03, 10:00 AM AEDT
A very large Americana doll
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD18010 Bids
Rare Antique Santa Claus Doll With Toys
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Rare Antique Santa Claus Doll With Toys
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$2608 Bids
A doll set marked LOL
Dec 03, 10:00 AM AEDT
A doll set marked LOL
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD407 Bids
Peg wooden peddler doll, 19th c.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Peg wooden peddler doll, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$2806 Bids
Early American Folk Art Oil Painted Face Doll
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Early American Folk Art Oil Painted Face Doll
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$3755 Bids
Poupees Cadette, 1940s Nun Doll
Dec 04, 9:00 PM MST
Poupees Cadette, 1940s Nun Doll
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$205 Bids
Early American Oil Painted Face Doll Folk Art
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Early American Oil Painted Face Doll Folk Art
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$3255 Bids
Early American Oil Painted Face Doll Folk Art
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Early American Oil Painted Face Doll Folk Art
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1104 Bids
Large clockwork Santa nodder
Dec 01, 9:00 AM EST
Large clockwork Santa nodder
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$3,2004 Bids
A group of dolls/clothes etc.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM AEDT
A group of dolls/clothes etc.
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD253 Bids
7 Different Vintage Howdy Doody & Friends Marionet
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
7 Different Vintage Howdy Doody & Friends Marionet
by Weiss Auctions
Est: $150- $300
$1103 Bids
Group of miscellaneous dolls & bears, mid 20th c.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Group of miscellaneous dolls & bears, mid 20th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $60- $80
$603 Bids
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Lot of GI Joe Dolls with Clothing and Accessories
Dec 07, 5:30 PM CST
Lot of GI Joe Dolls with Clothing and Accessories
by Hampton's Auction, Collectibles, & Retail, LLC
Est: $50- $100
$163 Bids
Miniature peg wooden dolls
Dec 01, 9:00 AM EST
Miniature peg wooden dolls
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $75- $125
$1253 Bids
A group of baby doll accessories & doll
Dec 03, 10:00 AM AEDT
A group of baby doll accessories & doll
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD202 Bids
Early composition molded hair doll, early 19th c.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Early composition molded hair doll, early 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $160- $220
$802 Bids
24 in Annette Himstedt Moni vinyl artist doll
Dec 04, 9:00 PM MST
24 in Annette Himstedt Moni vinyl artist doll
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
(7) Vintage Dolls
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
(7) Vintage Dolls
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Dakin Raggedy Ann & Andy
Dec 04, 9:00 PM MST
Dakin Raggedy Ann & Andy
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
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Franklin Mint Portrait Doll, Diana The People's Princess
Dec 04, 9:00 AM EST
Franklin Mint Portrait Doll, Diana The People's Princess
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
Vintage 30" Halloween Witch Doll
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage 30" Halloween Witch Doll
by Blackwell Auctions LLC
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
(3) Vintage Character Dolls
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
(3) Vintage Character Dolls
by Weiss Auctions
Est: $60- $120
$301 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Dolls - General


Pook & Pook Inc.

Pook & Pook Inc.

Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida