Thinking of unloading some of your possessions? People are all over them on eBay. Certain classic Madame Alexander dolls — especially those from the s and s — might be worth well into the thousands, according to antique doll collector, historian, and expert Dr. Cissy lent her likeness to an array of muses, from red-headed brides to tulle ballgown-clad debutantes. Composition is a material made from a sawdust-based composite that was the go-to for dollmakers before hard plastic made it obsolete.
Collecting Vintage Sewing Patterns
Doll Stringing Extravaganza: How to date vintage Madame Alexander Cissette dolls
The value of Madame Alexander dolls is determined by using a set of criteria that takes into consideration the doll's:. In addition to the factors listed above, the principles of supply and demand and the current doll market also have an effect on the values of Madame Alexander dolls. Since many different Madame Alexander dolls were created using the same face molds and body styles, sometimes it is nearly impossible to distinguish a doll's original character without its original costume and accessories. Madame Alexander collectors generally want dolls wearing their original clothing. Without the original clothing a doll's value is greatly diminished. Just as in the case of all antiques and collectibles, there are several different values attached to Madame Alexander dolls. The prices given in Madame Alexander price and identification guides are the current retail values of the dolls at the time the book was published.
Dating vintage dolls
The first thing to know about collecting vintage sewing patterns is that the temptation to add "just one more" pattern to your collection is irresistible. A hundred patterns here, a hundred patterns there -- after a while it adds up to quite a bit of space No matter what your favorite style or era, eventually you may have questions. How old is my pattern? How much is it worth?
Your search comes up empty, so you turn the garment inside out to look along the side or bottom seam. Not all vintage pieces have a label or tag, however — especially if it was handmade, which vintage prior to the s often was. Be sure to visit my How to Date Clothing as Vintage article for tips beyond the tag. According to my tips, what is the probable age of your favorite vintage garment?