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Vintage Dolls UK are an authorised eBay affiliate and we are delighted to bring together for you an extensive vintage doll range available on eBay along with some unbeatable savings!

Dolls aren't just for little girls! Antique dolls are highly collectable and, in these times of economic uncertainty, an antique doll makes a sound financial investment, not to mention bringing beauty and nostalgia to your home. Some dolls have great historical value.

Vintage Dolls

In the 1800s, the French manufacturer, Jumeau, produced the most exquisite bisque dolls. These antique dolls can fetch tens of thousands of pounds today! Jumeau dolls are famed for their wonderfully decadent clothing, and stunningly beautiful faces, with their ultra lifelike, usually startling blue, eyes. Collectable dolls cover a wide variety of manufacturers and eras - from Bru to Bellmer, Kenner Blythe to Barbie, and we are delighted to offer an extensive collection! Please click the links to the left to browse or categories, or use the search facility at the top of this page. Be sure to bookmark us as our listings are continually updated. If we don't have the perfect doll in stock today, we're sure to have it tomorrow!

 

If you are new to vintage doll collecting, you may wish to think about which particular type you find the most appealing, such as bisque dolls or dolls from a particular era. A shelf full of antique and modern, miniature and standard sized dolls will look a bit of a mish mash, whereas a small collection of similar size vintage dolls from the same period will compliment one another. You may be drawn to the dolls of your childhood on a nostalgic level, or the beauty of porcelain dolls. Perhaps the exclusivity of antique dolls appeals to you, or the quirkiness of the Kenner Blythe. The key is to collect what you love. If you do decide later that you want to branch out (and you probably will!), you can always start another collection!

Antique Dolls

COLLECTOR'S TIPS

1. Condition

Significant damage will affect the value of the doll greatly, and your enjoyment of it too. Even if the damage isn't obvious at first glance, you will know it is there and it will niggle away. It is far better to pay more for damage free doll, than one who has very obviously been through the wars! Of course, antique dolls will almost certainly show signs of age. Perhaps their clothing will have yellowed a little or faded (you should never, under any circumstances, try to clean it). Dolls showing physical damage however, such as chips, cracks, and breaks in bisque dolls, should really be avoided. It's always better to purchase one pristine specimen, than two in poor condition.

2. Authenticity

Many manufacturers got into the habit of marking their dolls, either somewhere on the body, or often on the back of the neck. A mark can be a good indication of authenticity. Some producers also marked the year of production - even the name of that line of doll. The serious collector may wish to invest in a book so that they may identify and value the dolls in their collection.

3. Scarcity

It often follows that the smaller the number produced, the more highly prized the doll.

4. Age

With porcelain dolls, antique dolls tend to be of much higher value than new examples, which can actually depreciate in value. Porcelain dolls from the Victorian era are still some of the most sought after.

5. Accessories

Antique dolls which come with their original hair and dressed in their original outfit, are more valuable. If they come with original accessories, for example jewellery or hats, so much the better.

6. Detail

As far as collecting antique dolls is concerned, the devil is in the detail! Bisque dolls may vary greatly in price depending on how the face is decorated. Closed mouthed specimens, oddly enough, tend to be much more valuable.

Old Dolls

CARING FOR ANTIQUE DOLLS

If you are purchasing a doll collection purely as an investment for the future, then optimum storage conditions to preserve condition are achieved by carefully placing each doll in a white pillow case and standing them in a cupboard. Never store them in plastic, as any moisture in the air will be trapped with them and may lead to a mould problem in time. Nor should you store your dolls in any coloured material. Again, there may be moisture in the air and the colour from the fabric may seep and tarnish your doll.

Most of us, however, want our dolls somewhere we can see them so that we may enjoy our collection. They must be stored out of direct sunlight, otherwise they will quickly become faded. Antique dolls are highly susceptable to extremes of temperature and heat, and will need to gently dusted from time to time. You may use a little distilled water on a soft, white cloth (though not on wooden dolls) to remove any dirt from the face, though it is important to never use soap or any kind of detergent. A hairdrier is useful to blow dust from areas which are hard to reach, though it must be used on a cool setting. Never attempt to mend your antique doll or its clothes yourself. This could result in its value being reduced drastically, in extreme cases, rendering the doll worthless. Doing nothing is much better than doing something which cannot be undone.

We are delighted to offer a magnificant selection of vintage dolls, along with some very special offers! Please click on the links to take a look at our categories, or scroll up to the search facility at the top of the page. Scroll down to view our showcase of items available on eBay today and take advantage of some fantastic savings. Our listings are continually updated so please be sure to bookmark us. If you can't find the vintage doll you're looking for today, it's sure to be here tomorrow!