Vintage dolls sit between antique and modern dolls in age. Doll collectors roughly equate this to being between 1925 and 1979. This period saw a proliferation of dolls being made which presents todays doll collector with a truly amazing, and potentially bewildering, choice.
People collect dolls for all sorts of reasons. It could be nostalgia, for their decorative and display qualities or it could be to continue an existing or inherited collection as an investment. With so many dolls available, it makes sense for new collectors to narrow down the kind of doll to collect. This can be done, for example, by the materials a doll is made from, its age or maker or by any particular theme.
Vintage Doll Materials
One of the most common ways to collect dolls is by the material they are made of. During the vintage period, dolls were made from a range of materials including hard plastic, vinyl, cloth and celluloid. Other popular materials include bisque (an unglazed porcelain) and composition (for example glue and sawdust to create a hard shiny finish).
Vintage Doll Themes
Another way to focus a doll collection is by choosing a theme. This may be a certain period in time or a particular manufacturer, or even a particular type of doll. Special or limited editions can also be collected along with celebrity dolls which tie in historical interest to a doll collection for added value.
The value of any particular vintage doll depends on factors such as type, condition, rarity and collector popularity. The details of a doll are also important and these include stitching, facial expressions, clothing and accessories. The most obvious (visual and literal) way to get a feel of a dolls value is by its overall condition and how much or little wear and tear it has had.