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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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Hopi People Kachina Doll
Nov 17, 10:00 AM EST
Hopi People Kachina Doll
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $100- $300
$12510 Bids
Special Edition Original 1959 BARBIE Doll Sealed Box
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Special Edition Original 1959 BARBIE Doll Sealed Box
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$409 Bids
RARE Classique Collection Evening Extravaganza BARBIE
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
RARE Classique Collection Evening Extravaganza BARBIE
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$358 Bids
Kleine französische Modepuppe mit Kleidung. Wohl Gaultier.
Oct 27, 2:00 PM CEST
Kleine französische Modepuppe mit Kleidung. Wohl Gaultier.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€3908 Bids
1974 Barbie Doll Case, Kenner Bionic Woman
Oct 24, 9:00 AM MST
1974 Barbie Doll Case, Kenner Bionic Woman
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$508 Bids
RARE Classique Collection Uptown Chic BARBIE Doll
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
RARE Classique Collection Uptown Chic BARBIE Doll
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
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12 Vintage BARBIE Christmas Ornaments & Collectibles /C
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
12 Vintage BARBIE Christmas Ornaments & Collectibles /C
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Est: $6- $1,000
$357 Bids
Wachskind mit Taufkleid.
Oct 27, 2:00 PM CEST
Wachskind mit Taufkleid.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€2807 Bids
Hand Painted Russian Matryoshka Nesting Dolls
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Hand Painted Russian Matryoshka Nesting Dolls
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Est: $6- $1,000
$406 Bids
5 x Vintage German half dolls inc Art deco, Nude etc approx 6cm H
Oct 24, 7:00 PM AEDT
5 x Vintage German half dolls inc Art deco, Nude etc approx 6cm H
by The Collector
Est: AUD20- AUD40
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12 Vintage BARBIE Christmas Ornaments & Collectibles /D
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
12 Vintage BARBIE Christmas Ornaments & Collectibles /D
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$265 Bids
Vintage Porcelain And Doll Estate Group Lot
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Porcelain And Doll Estate Group Lot
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$125 Bids
Group of 3 Special Edition Barbie Fashion Dolls
Nov 07, 10:00 AM CDT
Group of 3 Special Edition Barbie Fashion Dolls
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $500
$555 Bids
Kleine Französin. Jumeau .
Oct 27, 2:00 PM CEST
Kleine Französin. Jumeau .
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€205 Bids
Plateau Beaded Hide Dolls, on Horseback
Nov 03, 10:00 AM MDT
Plateau Beaded Hide Dolls, on Horseback
by Hindman
Est: $600- $800
$4754 Bids
Salesman Sample Adirondack Style Set
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Salesman Sample Adirondack Style Set
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$454 Bids
Group of 2 Mattel Barbie Dolls
Nov 07, 10:00 AM CDT
Group of 2 Mattel Barbie Dolls
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $500
$354 Bids
Group of 3 Special Edition Barbie Fashion Dolls
Nov 07, 10:00 AM CDT
Group of 3 Special Edition Barbie Fashion Dolls
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $500
$154 Bids
30 inch 1987 Mr. Santa Annalee Mobilitee Doll
Oct 24, 9:00 AM MST
30 inch 1987 Mr. Santa Annalee Mobilitee Doll
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
30 inch 1987 Mrs. Claus Annalee Mobilitee Doll
Oct 24, 9:00 AM MST
30 inch 1987 Mrs. Claus Annalee Mobilitee Doll
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids

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