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Dolls

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.

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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
$2,05026 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
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
$4257 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
$3207 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
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Vintage Mattel Barbie Doll, Nicolai Ken Doll
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Mattel Barbie Doll, Nicolai Ken Doll
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$1005 Bids
Early American Oil Painted Face Cloth Doll Folk Art
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Early American Oil Painted Face Cloth Doll Folk Art
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$3255 Bids
Early American Oil Painted Face Cloth Dolls Folk Art
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Early American Oil Painted Face Cloth Dolls Folk Art
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$3255 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
31 in Annette Himstedt Henni Vinyl Doll
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
31 in Annette Himstedt Henni Vinyl Doll
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$355 Bids
Poupees Cadette, 1940s Nun Doll
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Poupees Cadette, 1940s Nun Doll
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$205 Bids
27in Annette Himstedt Kima Doll
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
27in Annette Himstedt Kima Doll
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$305 Bids
Vintage c.1950s Buddy Lee Composite Doll
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage c.1950s Buddy Lee Composite Doll
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$405 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
24 in Annette Himstedt Moni vinyl artist doll
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
24 in Annette Himstedt Moni vinyl artist doll
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
Assorted Wizard Of Oz Ornaments
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Assorted Wizard Of Oz Ornaments
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$854 Bids
(7) Vintage Dolls
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
(7) Vintage Dolls
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
GOTZ Dorle Doll by Susi Eimer
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
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by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$204 Bids
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Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
34.5 in Annette Himstedt Tilda doll
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$304 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
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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
Vintage 1940s Virginia Football Player Celluloid Doll NOS
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage 1940s Virginia Football Player Celluloid Doll NOS
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$363 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Dolls


Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Pook & Pook Inc.

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Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida