Long Lost Roddy Queen Elizabeth Coronation Doll found

You just never know what you might find in the things people are going to toss out. Jean Pritchard was on the prowl for doll parts and she was searching car boot sales (garage sales). She found an old carrier bag full of doll parts but didn’t realize the treasure that lay within.

“When I got it home I emptied it all out in the garden and there was a doll with very small arms and a dress and trail in a real mess.”

The doll was made by Roddy Doll Company in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1952. She has not been able to find documentation for the doll.

Jean Pritchard runs Pritchard’s Doll Hospital in Lancashire.

Jamie Bowman’s story, found on the Southport Visiter or Liverpool Echo, has more details about the doll and the circumstances surrounding it’s discovery.

Political Correctness causes surge in overseas doll sales

The Golliwogg doll from the 1890’s books by Florence Upton is all the rage in Australia. Why? Because it has been politically banned in the USA as well as difficult to find in the UK. Enid Blyton took up the story and made the Golliwogg to be more of a troll by being rude and untrustworthy, evil and nasty. No one is certain how the Golliwogg got the name.

“Florence had a toy named Golliwogg which provided the inspiration for her book The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg so that’s one story,” Ms Richards said.

“Then there is the belief that the wog part of Golliwogg came from the Africans, Indians and Egyptians who worked for the UK on their rail projects under the name of Workers of the Government Service.”

Needless to say that political correctness today is causing a surge of sales and of profits for Australian doll shops.

Be sure to check out the complete spirited article by Emma Swain in The Maitland Mercury.

If you are interested in reading Bertha Upton’s The Adventure of Two Dutch Dolls and a ‘Golliwogg’ you can get a free copy here for your Kindle.

Paper Dolls on display

The Maple Ridge doll museum is now showing their extensive paper doll collection. They also have dolls from ceramic to vinyl, displaying dolls from many decades of collecting and playing. Their paper doll collection is especially good and shows paper dolls up to 80 years old.

“Paper dolls, as we predominately know them today in western culture, were first seen in France during the mid-18th century. They were drawn or painted like people with fashions for each doll.

The biggest North American producer of paper dolls at the start of the 1920s was Milton Bradley, and they grew steadily in popularity during the following decades.”

Drop by the museum to see the extensive collections or to make a donation. The Maple Ridge Museum also has many other fascinating exhibits to keep the attention of others in your group who may not be as keen on dolls. Things such as the miniature Model Railroad Exhibit – were a working model of railroads attempts to showcase how the area looking the 1930s.

FYI, Maple Ridge is in British Columbia, Canada. A lovely place.

Read more in this article on the Maple Ridge News.

Coronation Dress Replicated on Dolls

In the 1950’s doll collector Dicey Williams made a model of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation dress. She also made a replica of the cape Queen Victoria wore at her diamond jubilee.

“Another exhibition, marks the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria with a collection of historic items, such as a delicate silk cape which was donated in 1952.

Very recently, the museum has received confirmation that the cape is, in fact, the one worn by Queen Victoria at the garden party in Buckingham Palace on the occasion of her own diamond jubilee on June 28, 1897.”

The dolls were originally supposed to be cremated with the owner upon her demise but she had a change of heart and donated them to the museum instead. If you are in or near Worthing, take a little time and stop and visit the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery. Part of the museum’s collection is devoted to dolls and they have over 1,000 dolls now – some as old as from the 1800’s. Also on display is doll accessories, doll clothes, and doll houses (like their 1840s dollhouse from Sussex).

Read more and see some great photos of the Queen dolls at the Worthington Herald.

Ever Wondered about the Preparations for a Doll Show?

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to get an exhibit or booth ready for a Doll Show?

Listen in as Courtney from Little Lambs Reborn Nursery shows off some of the dolls she has prepared and is still preparing to go to a show in Greensville, North Carolina.

Courtney makes reborn dolls and this sort video allows you to see some of the thought process and planning and work that is involved in getting an exhibit ready for a doll show.

Here’s another video of someone who is taking a reborn to a doll show (for the first time) and see what all could go along with a reborn doll for an overnight trip to a doll show.

Disney & Pixar’s Brave – Merida Makes it to the Doll Store

Disney’s newest movie, Brave, comes out soon – June 22nd in fact. It’s the tale of a Scottish princess. As with all Disney products, there are bound to be toys and dolls featuring this movie. If you were dying to get your hands on a Merida doll (she’s the main character), then you are in luck because they are available! Check out your favorite local store of check in with Amazon to see what selection is available.

There’s the standard Merida doll, the Merida and Angus gift set, and the Disney Princess Brave Merida Forest Adventure Set. And others!

So, do you plan on seeing Disney/Pixar’s newest animated feature next month?

Where Can You Find Ugly Dolls?

There is a neat post by Allison, of Shyscout, about how she has a doll collection “problem” :) and specifically that she likes to find stranger or ugly dolls to add to her collection. So where do you go if you are looking for strange or ugly dolls? Allison’s source has been thrift stores. She finds stuff that is in the “gotta have” category for very low prices.

I had to have these two when I saw their $3 price tags.

Now, the important thing to keep in mind is that these dolls may be “ugly” or “strange” or weird, but value isn’t necessarily based on appearance only. Some truly ugly dolls may be worth a fortune, so the key is really knowing what it is you are looking at and finding the overlooked value. Who knows exactly what you’ll find? Especially when you find older / vintage dolls, you may be able to find some genuine gems!

Be sure to take just a few moments and visit Allison’s blog where you can see photos of these recent finds, two of them actually qualify as non-ugly/weird.

Other places you can go to find inexpensive and potentially valuable dolls (ugly or not) are:

  • Garage/Yard Sales
  • Auctions
  • eBay
  • Craigslist
  • Classified Ads
  • Antique Stores (although they probably know the value so the chances of getting a bargain are lower)
  • Pawn shops

Have you found many good dolls at thrift stores? Do you go to them specifically to find valuable dolls?

Doll Identification Test?

How are your identification skills? Can you identify the maker, and kind or brand of doll on sight?

Give yourself a quick little test! If you go to Doll Diaries, you’ll see a dozen dolls – that a reader, Linda, is looking for help identifying. How many do you recognize? Just how good are your recognition skills? :)

Have fun! How many did you get right?