The Composition Dolls Collection
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Dolls have a unique appeal!
If this collection of Composition Dolls had been separated the unique appeal of their existence would have been greatly diminished. Small eight inch tall all composition unmarked dime store type dolls...they were painstakingly attired by one very meticulous lady during the 1930s and early 1940s. The first photo is the "before" image that you will need to keep in mind as you view the results of many hours of love and labor.
Each of these composition dolls has been costumed in the garments you will see only in vintage National Geographics. Each has been duplicated in miniature to preserve forever, the lost "fashion" of many cultures. Some represent countries which are either no longer in existence or now lay claim to a new name.
eBay has a rather
large set of listings of vintage Composition dolls for sale, if you
are interested in a purchase, or to find values when looking for doll
values, it is necessary to register with eBay.
The materials are quality antique and vintage and were selected to assure the authenticity of the regions garments. Head attire and accessories were created from vintage jewelry and other select items. Each of these composition dolls was given special individual attention, and each small piece of material or accessory was designed solely for the one baby. Although each doll itself is identical to the others...none are the same.
Clothing was not the only detail that was articulate. Since the dolls had only molded, painted hair, the creation of many types of "wigs" presented a challenge that has been well met. Yarn, mohair and human hair prevail ......their style is complementary to each individual costume. Visions of the creator sweeping up hair in a barbershop to salvage the proper lengths required for her dolls is not beyond reality.
The passage of time and the patience of one very talented and artistic lady has created this "one of a kind" collection. Sadly, when the collection was purchased, the seller would not provide the creators' name. It is lost forever. Only her small intricate children of the world remain as a tribute. Perhaps by sharing them with all of you...in some small way her passion and love of these little dolls will continue to flourish.
This one very talented individual created dolls costumes which would have rivaled Madame Alexander and Nancy Ann.
Probably the best place to look for the present "doll and accessories" value is on the Internet, primarily the auction sites--my favorite is eBay... in the completed Composition Dolls section of eBay you can browse the past 30 days of completed auctions of composition dolls and accessories. On the left side, in the box named "Display," you can select "Active Items" to see the "composition 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.
Here are some pictures of Compositions dressed in International costumes
Check out these compositions dressed in international clothes
Many foreign countries have very unique costumes, many early composition dolls were so dressed, take a look at some of the internationally dressed dolls here
Many Composition dolls were dressed in World War II Military uniforms--click here to visit the Military of World War II dolls page
Here is the last page of my composition doll collection which are Compositions in International costume
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eBay is an excellent website for "value" information about dolls, or most anything else for that matter--however, to see what something has sold for, registration is required, so if you are looking for past sales of any particular doll, please register.
Welcome to "Show and Tell" for early Composition dolls!
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