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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
In its Own Words: Antique Doll Collector Magazine sneak peek at October Issue; great 19th Century Dolls!
Two spectacular collections will be featured at the upcoming Frasher Doll Auction November 1 in Kansas City, Missouri. The estate of the late Inez Gwin who began her collection in 1956, includes fine French and German dolls as well as rare chinas. Our cover doll is a rare Jumeau portrait model on an articulated manikin body, standing 30 inches tall. Ailene Ford’s collection offers buyers a chance to bid on large size French and German dolls along with a selection of fine piano babies. Several dolls from this important sale can be seen in our October issue.
A Kestner purchased in 1980 for his wife’s birthday would lead to one of the great collections of the last thirty years. In his article on Fran and Chuck Ciraolo, Stuart Holbrook tells the story of the couple’s successful career path and their dedication which led to this overwhelming collection. You’ll learn about their favorite doll, the Jumeau Triste and why they could not stop at just one!
This author shares two more dolls’ houses from the collection of long time dealer and collector Ann Meehan, the impressive Regency House, measuring over 6.5 feet tall and a circa 1880 house built by the son of a sea caption for the Russell family of Duxbury, MA. Possessing the passion of an interior decorator, Ann has furnished these two homes with exquisite dolls’ house miniatures and the rarest of dolls.
This spring I was privileged to participate in the TLC Grand Tour. Day five found us in Basle, Switzerland at the largest doll and toy museum in Europe, the Toy Worlds Museum Basle, home to the finest teddy bears in the world. Cleverly displayed for maximum enjoyment, doll collectors will also find exceptional dolls and room boxes. I bring you some of my favorites in this issue. That same day we visited Basle’s museum of domestic life, featuring a small but exquisite collection of dolls’ houses and dolls.
Also in our October issue we bring you the blue ribbon winners of the antique UFDC competitive exhibit, always one of the most exciting attractions of the annual convention. This year was no exception and we know you will enjoy viewing these rare dolls.
The National Doll Festival, an annual event presented by Rowbear Lohman featuring a mix of antique, vintage, holiday items, doll clothing, new and artist dolls, our mystery column, news of an upcoming exhibit and a look at two new doll books all contribute to this special issue.
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