My Search For Russian Dolls...
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was probably the beginning of my long romance with Russian history. Shortly after reading the book and perusing the libraries for the history of this gigantic nation, the search for Russian dolls began.
14" Tagged Russia"
I vigorously began researching the land and its people. The library hosted many books with reference to the revolution and though the intrigue of Anastasia and the ill fated Russian royalty piqued my interest temporarily, the lavishly costumed ladies of the Tsar's court did not satisfy the need to better acquaint myself with the people of Russia.
The unexpected purchase of some early 20th century National Geographic's
provided the photos of the people which I had been seeking. The people of
the villages, the "peasants" (farmers) and the traditional dress of old Russia.
At that time I had never seen a doll from Russia or the then Soviet Union and
lived in an area where one doll show a year was very unlikely to be the source
"A 14" Mordwa Woman-Russia"
The beginning of my search for Russian Dolls occurred during the period in which the "Antique Trader" was the only real source for treasures by mail order. Responding to an ad which only advertised the item as "Russian Doll, 14" tall, $65.00", the adventure had begun.
"A 14" Village Boy-Russia"
There is usually a cloth label sewn discreetly under the top layer of clothing. These are printed in ink...or written by hand. Through the passage of time, moisture sometimes blurs or deletes all information on the small piece of cloth. Differences in spelling of the same region...even the frequent use of "Rossia" instead of "Russia" is not uncommon. Some are bearing the label "Russia"...others state "Soviet Union".
"A 14" Ryasan District Woman"
If you ever have any doubt that these wonderful dolls are only fantasies in the creators mind, you have only to gaze at the photographs in the old Geographic's. It is as if the captured shadows of the past have leapt from the pages into the form of the Russian doll. The people of Russia are vested well in the cloth images that will forever represent their mystical heritage.
eBay has a rather large set of listings of vintage Russian dolls for sale, if you are interested in a purchase, or to find values, click here----(if looking for values, it is necessary to register with eBay)
Pictures provide what words fail to describe.
A splendid accessory for any collector of Russian dolls is a map produced by the National Geographic Society. First published many years ago as a supplement to an old geographic magazine featuring the Soviet Union, copies may be obtained by shopping on ebay. Perhaps even a note to the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. can provide a direction in which to obtain this lovely map. More information about the map and vintage Russian cloth dolls for you
Russian Doll Collectors can be found by clicking here.
Probably the best place to look for present "doll and accessories" value is on the Internet, primarily the auction sites--my favorite is eBay...in the completed Russian Dolls section of eBay is where you can browse the past 30 days of completed auctions of Russian dolls and accessories. On the left side, in the box named "Display", you can select "Active Items" to see the "Russian dolls and accessories" presently up for auction.
Also, if you have a doll or doll accessories you would like to find out about...eBay is the place to start...in the Dolls and Bears Category, just type in what you have in the search window just under "Dolls & Bears" on the left, and "Shazam", there appears a list of present, up for auction items--in the "Display" box on the left select "Completed Items", a new list will appear, displaying completed items going back for 30 days.
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