Collecting Porcelain Baby Dolls

porcelainI’ll bet you did not know that collecting dolls is thought to be the second largest hobby in the United States. This hobby is a passion for many people. Porcelain baby dolls are typically handcrafted from high quality types of porcelain and then are hand painted to give them specific facial features and expressions.

Prior to the 1900’s, most dolls were created from materials such as paper mache, clay, wax, and wood, depending on which country it came from originally. Once the 1900’s rolled around, porcelain dolls were becoming more and more popular. These early porcelain dolls are now considered to be antique and are very popular among collectors. Some may even be worth quite large sums of money!

Porcelain dolls can be very pricey depending on things such as the popularity of the artist who made them, the number of them that have been made, and how limited the production was. Those dolls that were more limited in production are often worth well more than the mass produced variety. Finding porcelain dolls can be difficult, but you are sometimes able to purchase them at flea markets, garage sales and even at online auctions. You must be careful, however, with online purchases as you are not able to fully inspect the doll before buying it. Make sure to ask lots of questions about the condition and ask for more pictures if needed.

Porcelain baby dolls come in a variety of sizes and styles. The details given to the dolls are beautiful as they artists really try to capture realistic facial features. This is one of the reasons why porcelain dolls are so highly collectible. The more realistic a doll looks, the more popular it becomes.

If you are someone who is thinking of collecting porcelain dolls, you will need to do a little research on the artist and the manufacturer before investing in a doll. If you are collecting as a way to make money, you definitely want to do some investigating to find out which dolls hold their value and even increase in value. You also want to know about any flaws that particular dolls may have.

The condition of the doll is one thing that will greatly contribute or detract from the value of the piece. Porcelain that has been cracked or chipped will give you a doll that will be worth less than other dolls that are in mint condition.

The accessories that a doll comes with can also affect the value. If your doll still has its original accessories (hats, shoes, purses, etc.) then it will be worth more than dolls without their accessories. If the doll is still in its original box, that is a huge plus as well.

When you collect porcelain baby dolls, you do want to make sure that you take care of them in the proper way. Many collectors opt to keep their dolls displayed on a stand. Some people even keep their dolls inside of a protective case to shield them from dust and other possibly damaging materials.

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