Thursday, September 1, 2011

Antique Dolls

I'm so excited to share about my sister and brother-in-law's antique doll collection! There are 1000's of dolls dating as far back as the 1790s! Tina and Wayne inherited this collection from Wayne's mother, Christine. All of these dolls are displayed in their very own doll museum tucked inside their antique store in Arizona! 
 Christine started collecting dolls when she was just a small child. Her home life wasn't the best and so she put all her love into the dolls. Over the years she just kept collecting and collecting! 
 Wayne said when he was growing up, their house was full of dolls, dolls, dolls everywhere!  In High School he would have friends come to the house and they would always ask him if he liked dolls?  Wayne didn't have any sisters, so it was embarrassing to him for his friends to think that he was the collector! 

Tina said, there are a lot of stories which Christine has told them over the years about the dolls. In fact, there is a motorized doll in a buggy that has movable arms and legs. Years ago, Christine hooked it up to a battery and pushed the buggy in the Rodeo Parade in Tucson. The Rodeo Parade is the longest horse drawn parade in the world, no cars whatsoever!  The crowd could be heard saying that they could not believe that they were leaving that baby in the sun for so long!  

One time they had bought a life size man doll and left it in the car because they got home so late.  Since it was sitting in the passenger seat, they just left it there.  In the middle of the night a police officer was seen standing outside of the car with his gun drawn telling the doll to raise his hands! 
The very large dolls are from 1890s-1915.  They are some of the largest dolls that Tina and Wayne have ever seen! The life-size dolls were mannequins and are from the 1940s.
 
I think this wax doll looks really creepy!  It was said to have come over on a wagon train in the 1800s! Wax dolls are often called "wax overs," which means they are wax, over some kind of mold.
The Shirley Temple dolls were first made in the 1930s and are still being made today.  Most of these dolls are from the 1930s when she was so popular!  
The Dionne Quintuplet dolls were also made around the same time as the Shirley Temple dolls in the 1930s. Several different companies made them and I am told that even Sears made some. 
 The Boudoir dolls were mostly from the late 1930s into the 1940s. They were also called bed dolls.
Abraham and Mrs. Lincoln dolls from 1915! They are made out of wood.
 The Oriental dolls date back to the early 1800s!  


This is an actual foot binding shoe from the 1790s!
Food binding is so disturbing to me! I can't believe they actually did that to young girls in China years ago!


It really is fascinating to visit Tina and Wayne's doll museum whenever we are in Arizona!  They have stories about almost every doll and with 1000's of dolls, it's hard to take it all in!  I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into their collection!



I'm linking to Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground and
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home!


Blessings,






14 comments:

Kim K. said...

Oh my goodness. That doll collection is absolutely amazing. I have to agree about the foot binding. Did you read 'Peony in Love' by Lisa See? Fascinating and eye-opening on Chinese culture.

Gina said...

Wow! That is really something! I bet you could spend lots of time looking at all those beautiful dolls.

Amy Jo said...

I loved seeing this doll collection! I love dolls although I do not have many. Awesome to see.
Thanks for sharing!

Blessings,
Amy Jo

NanaDiana said...

Wow! What a collection. I hope they have it heavily insured because to lose any of it would be a terrible loss. I agree...that one is REALLY creepy with the hollowed out eyes. xo Diana

Shelley said...

As someone who is a fan of dolls...I was thrilled to view this post...thanks so much for sharing this wonderful collection...what a treasure indeed...blessings

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Amazing doll collection! Thanks for sharing this lovely post.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Where is this in AZ? I live in AZ and would love to see it!

Susan said...

OMG. That is a fabulous doll collection. Thanks so much for sharing. Susan

Judi said...

Hi Janet
What an amazing collection she has. Her display at the store must be huge! Its so good that those dolls have not been lost along the way and have found a great home where people can appreciate them. Truly amazing. That one wax doll IS rather creepy.
thank you for sharing!!
have a great day
Judi

Nook & Cranny said...

Fantastic collection.
Thanks for sharing.
Michele

Ana said...

Wow Janet, that is quite an impressive collection. I love dolls so I can certainly see why people like to collect them. It's amazing how well some of this older dolls look. Thanks you for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

Ana said...

Wow Janet, that is quite an impressive collection. I love dolls so I can certainly see why people like to collect them. It's amazing how well some of this older dolls look. Thanks you for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Janet,
Goodness! What an extensive collection!! Such beautiful dolls and so many of them!! It is really amazing!!
Thanks so much for sharing!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Denise said...

What an amazing collection. I think that has to be probably one of the most incredible collections anywhere. It's wonderful that they have it in their antique shop where other people can enjoy it. I could spend hours looking at all of them! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I always appreciate sweet comments!

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