Take a look at our February 2015 issue...

Influenced by Steiff and Lenci, Raynal began in 1919 producing caricature dolls followed by classic dolls. Their lower prices allowed them to compete to the extent that they had a negative impart on Lenci and Nicette. French doll expert Dominique Pennegues teaches collectors how to identify dolls by Raynal.

 

Judith Armistead provides us with an in-depth look at the doll furniture produced in the early part of the 20th century by William B. Luce and his son. A craftsman of Hingham, MA, the woodenware capital of the country which came to be known by the sobriquet “Bucket Town”, there has been much speculation about the furniture made by Luce. This article will clear any confusion concerning the dollhouse furniture made by this talented craftsman.

 

Bébés in Distress is the title of a charming article by our Norwegian friend and collector Alf Ertsland. Dolls coming into his and Svein’s collection are seldom ready for immediate display, indeed it takes patience and much trying on of wigs, shoes and accessories to bring the doll to the ultimate goal… bringing a doll closer to the time it was produced.

 

On a recent trip to Sweden Kate Reed researched the porcelain doll company Rörstrand and their elusive dolls. She has identified nine different molds and describes them in detail along with photos. China collectors will delight in this informative and ground-breaking article.

 

I had the privilege of attending the final evening of the École des Poupées held at Margaret Kincaid’s home and featuring the expertise of Margaret, Samy Odin and Ann Coleman. It was total immersion in Jumeau bebes with plenty of hands-on experience. Another école on mignonettes is slated for June, prior to the Gaithersburg doll show.

 

Speaking of the Gaithersburg show, check out our look at some of the highlights of this re-energized popular event.

 

The Arizona Doll and Toy Museum lives on thanks to the generosity of Sandy Kralovitz. Forced to find a new location, Sandy offered a new home for the museum in a building she owns in the historic section of Glendale, AZ. It is so important to support our few remaining doll museums! Jennifer Craft-Hurst shares highlights from the museum.

 

Ginger Strain writes about the Victory Doll made by Louis Amberg. Why the name Victory which is clearly marked? The author surmises that it may be because the doll was born during WWI, when we blockaded German merchant ships and the American doll industry began its ascendance. She shares several examples of this little known doll with our readers.

 

A visit to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nürnberg during last year’s TLC Grand Tour was unforgettable for this writer. A look at some of the early dolls I wished I could have taken home!

 

We’ve even added a complete index …all issues dating from 1997 to our current issue. And for even more of your favorite antique and dolls visit us on our Blog: antiquedollcollectormagazine.blogspot.com

Happy Collecting!