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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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Vintage dolls and dress.Porcelain Doll head and a broken piece and a arm.
Dec 08, 9:00 AM EST
Vintage dolls and dress.Porcelain Doll head and a broken piece and a arm.
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$506 Bids
Annalee Dracula Doll
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Annalee Dracula Doll
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $150- $300
$505 Bids
Annalee Frankenstein Franky & Friend Doll
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Annalee Frankenstein Franky & Friend Doll
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$254 Bids
Annalee Santa and Mrs Claus Doll
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Annalee Santa and Mrs Claus Doll
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$204 Bids
Annalee Thorny the Ghost Doll
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Annalee Thorny the Ghost Doll
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$203 Bids
Lot of 3 Annalee Halloween Trick Or Treat Dolls
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 3 Annalee Halloween Trick Or Treat Dolls
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$203 Bids
Lot of 4 Annalee Halloween Trick Or Treat Dolls
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 4 Annalee Halloween Trick Or Treat Dolls
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$203 Bids
Lot of 4 Annalee Halloween Trick Or Treat Dolls
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 4 Annalee Halloween Trick Or Treat Dolls
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$203 Bids
Lot of 5 Annalee Halloween Trick Or Treat Dolls
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 5 Annalee Halloween Trick Or Treat Dolls
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$203 Bids
Lot of 5 Annalee Halloween Trick Or Treat Dolls
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 5 Annalee Halloween Trick Or Treat Dolls
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$203 Bids
Lot of 5 Annalee Halloween Trick Or Treat Dolls
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 5 Annalee Halloween Trick Or Treat Dolls
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$203 Bids
Lot of 4 Annalee Halloween Dolls
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 4 Annalee Halloween Dolls
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$203 Bids
Lot of Annalee Halloween Elves with Basket
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of Annalee Halloween Elves with Basket
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$203 Bids
Annalee Halloween Lot - Witch and Goblin Gate
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Annalee Halloween Lot - Witch and Goblin Gate
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$203 Bids
Lot of 6 miniature dolls and 6 wood carved hanging ornaments.
Dec 08, 9:00 AM EST
Lot of 6 miniature dolls and 6 wood carved hanging ornaments.
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Annalee Santa with Sack of Presents
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Annalee Santa with Sack of Presents
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$203 Bids
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Vintage Coleco Cabbage Patch Kids Doll, Clay Mick
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Coleco Cabbage Patch Kids Doll, Clay Mick
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $15- $50
$43 Bids
American Girl Doll
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
American Girl Doll
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$403 Bids
Vintage Linus the Lionhearted Doll & Mr. Ed Puppet
Dec 12, 2:00 PM EST
Vintage Linus the Lionhearted Doll & Mr. Ed Puppet
by Pace & Hong Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$82 Bids
Annalee Fall Scarecrow Doll
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Annalee Fall Scarecrow Doll
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$152 Bids
Lot of 2 Annalee Halloween Dolls
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 2 Annalee Halloween Dolls
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$202 Bids
1930s Ideal Dopey Ventriloquist Composition Doll
Dec 11, 11:00 AM MST
1930s Ideal Dopey Ventriloquist Composition Doll
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Dolls - General


Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Dees Auction Company,LLC

Dees Auction Company,LLC

Leo Spik

Leo Spik