28" Bradley like doll and can't find info on it or what it is worth

by Mary
(South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA)

When I was a really little girl, a family friend that I thought of as an adopted grandfather passed away. His wife began going through their estate, preparing to move out of state to be with their children.

She remembered that I had admired her doll for years and when we went over to their apartment one day to help her, she handed her to me. I have kept her since.

I know she is a Bradley type of doll, but not sure of the manufacturer. I'm not sure if "Le Claire" is the manufacturer or her name. I know she was made in Korea, but am unable to find a list of names for manufacturers from Korea online. Any help would be appreciated.

I don't want to part with her, I just want to find out as much as I can about her. I haven't found one 28" Bradley type doll online anywhere.

I have always loved her and want my husband to appreciate her value to me as well and if he sees $$$, I would have more of a chance to convince him of her value to me. I know Bradley type dolls aren't worth much.

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Apr 23, 2012
Bradley Type Doll
by: Dr. E;s Doll museum

I love these dolls, too. A local department store had a huge variety of them for sale in Iowa, late 1960s.

The large size was very desirable. Those dolls were made in Korea. Others like this were made in Japan.

I have some examples dating from the late fifties. In the early 80s, a Bradley doll this size sold for about #5.00.

The large size is hard to find, but few dealers seem to be interested in them at this point. I have purchased large ones like this for a couple of dollars, but have also seen them as high as fifty dollars.

I know it's quite a range, but you may want to consult a book on Asian dolls, or cloth dolls. With their wide-eyed Manga/Anime look, they dolls may be "sleepers."

I know I've read about clubs for Bradley collectors. Try sending a photo to Doll Castle News, which is a magazine on the web as well. Key word or Google search Doll Castle News will get you there.

Good Luck. I'm glad you are keeping her.

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