May 7, 1992 |
Opening the door to Elsie Carr's living room is like stepping into doll heaven. Inside the small room of Carr's West Chester farmhouse, more than 200 dolls are seated on the pale pink carpet. They're gathered around the sofa, as if waiting to make conversation with their owner. But it is only Carr who speaks, and with a bit of sadness in her voice, as she tells the story behind each of the dolls in her collection, and the reason she decided to sell all but four at an auction this week.
July 29, 1995 |
Theriault's, perhaps the best-known name in the buying and selling of antique and collectible dolls, will be in Philadelphia tomorrow for a day-long doll auction. More than 500 rare dolls, accessories, toys and clothing will be offered at the sale beginning at 10 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel. Several are expected to sell for five-figure prices. Dolls, a popular collectible almost anywhere you go, have a particularly strong following in the Philadelphia region because some of the best American specimens were made by Schoenhut, a Philadelphia manufacturer.
April 29, 1990 |
King Louis XVI, dressed in an apple-green satin suit, and his wife, Marie Antoinette, dressed in pink velvet and white satin, proudly strike a royal pose on a table in Amelia Kibort Smith's living room. Although the two were beheaded during the French Revolution, their image is still very much alive among the 500 dolls that Smith has collected during the last five decades. The two also are her favorites out of the collection. Smith will display 100 dolls from her collection from 2 to 5 p.m. today at an exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society, 58 N. Broad St. in Woodbury.
December 15, 1988 |
When Margaret Johnston's daughter Susan was a little girl, Johnston decided she wanted to instill in the child a reverence for the past. "I thought it was important to try to overcome the idea of the throwaway society," Johnston said. "Originally, I wanted my daughter to learn to treasure toys from her history and from other lands. " So, in addition to the latest, fashionable doll that might be on every little girl's most-wanted list, Susan received dolls from the past. Susan, who is now in her 40s, learned to appreciate such items as her grandmother's doll-size tea set and antique sleds and baby carriages.
February 3, 1991 |
There's something about a doll discarded on the floor that makes you bend over and pick it up. You rebutton the shirt, smooth the hair and maybe, if no one is looking, give it a quick hug before gently placing it on a chair or tucking it under the arm of a sleeping child. That's what the members of Project Self-Sufficiency, a program of Community Housing Services in Lansdale, are counting on. "A doll is the universal child," said Jean E. Dilworth, the project's manager. "By buying one of our handmade dolls, people can help a homeless or near-homeless child in their own community.
January 11, 2003 |
In the best New Year's tradition, Ron and Eileen Rhoads' first big sale of 2003 will clean house on behalf of three area consignors: a furniture dealer, a button collector, and a collector of dolls. All told, more than 800 lots of furniture, glassware, paintings, dolls and collectible buttons will be offered at the auction, beginning at 9 a.m. next Saturday at the Kimberton Fairgrounds south of Phoenixville. The furniture dealer is Eugene Myers, who for 30 years ran Devon Furniture on Lancaster Avenue.
October 23, 2004 |
Dolls are playthings of enduring popularity. The first were made thousands of years ago and, of course, dolls are still popular today. More than 75 lots of dolls made within the last 15 years will be offered by Barry S. Slosberg Inc. at an auction beginning at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Port Richmond. It is one of several sales over the next few days devoted to contemporary arts and crafts. The dolls include such makes as Gorham, Lenci, Prestige and Dynasty, names not generally associated with a field traditionally dominated by Schoenhut, Heubach and Armand Marseille, among others.
February 3, 1993 |
Would you give your child a little purse-snatcher or car-thief doll to play with? How about a 15-inch-tall dope dealer? Carolyn Clark claims that playing with make-believe crooks helps young children avoid becoming real ones. To that end, Clark and her partner, Rennie Resmini, both Philadelphians, have designed "Thuggies," a line of 17 dolls. Each comes packaged in a cardboard "jail cell" with a "rap sheet" describing his or her crime - and the penalty being paid.
October 30, 1988 |
This is not your typical guys-and-dolls story. For children, doll collecting is usually a haphazard affair, with shelves filling up with new specimens on birthdays and holidays. But Richard Wright of Birchrunville takes a different approach. Dolls are, after all, among the most valuable of antiques. Wright, 42, found a fortune in the antique doll business. He has a collection that includes everything from a wooden 18th-century Queen Anne doll to a German-made doll from 1909 that he recently bought at auction for $48,000.
June 30, 2010 |
He doesn't sparkle in the sunlight - he's plastic. He can't hunt for prey - he's immobile. And he's only 17 inches tall - not exactly a towering Byronic presence. Still, for some fans of Stephenie Meyer's immensely popular Twilight series, the Edward Cullen doll by Tonner is the next best thing to the books' vampiric hero. The high-end dollmaker, known for its realistic figures based on popular movie characters, saw sales hit a record high with its first Edward doll, released in 2009.