Take a Look at
Our September 2014 Issue...
The doll world is closely watching the September 24 auction conducted by Bonhams in London. Rare character dolls by Kammer and Reinhardt, including the only known example of mold 108 — seen on our cover — as well as a never before seen character marked 11, will be offered along with important dolls by other German manufacturers, Steiff dolls and toys. A preview of what may be a record-breaking event is featured in our September issue.
Also in this issue, your first look at the UFDC national convention in San Antonio. As per our custom, we always begin with the salesroom and the well-deserving dealers that strive to bring their finest merchandise to this important annual event.
If you have been to Italy's Lake Maggiore, you may have visited the fabulous Museum of Dolls and Toys of the Borromeo Collection. For seven hundred years this influential family has shaped the fortunes of this breathtaking area and continues today to preserve the art and history of this region. Lynn Murray shares this spectacular collection, housed in a medieval fortress, with our readers.
Deren Bray, author of Bucket Town: Woodenware & Wooden Toys of Hingham, Massachusetts, 1635-1945 has written a fascinating article (the subject matter even made it into the prestigious New York Times) concerning William Luce, a prominent photographer and toymaker who helped re-establish Hingham as a major center of American toymaking. The discovery of Luce's studio revealed an extraordinary archive of New England's craftsmen.
For many of us, our dolls can take on a life of their own and are deserving of a name. In her entertaining article, Jan Petersen, a retired French teacher, provides many delightful French names for our dolls taken from the Pages Roses in La Poupée Modèle. You'll learn how to pronounce each name so that you can dazzle your friends at your next doll club meeting.
The Theriault's auction in San Antonio included a well rounded and as always, a beautifully displayed collection of French and German bisque dolls, along with some fun surprises and mystery dolls. It was the impressive dolls with sumptuous trousseaux that captivated the audience and brought some of the highest bids in the auction. In our September issue, a look at that recent auction plus a preview of their upcoming sale featuring the estate of the Blackler twins of Southern California. To be held October 5 in Los Angeles, it features an amazing collection of early American cloth dolls, both one-of-a-kind and commercially made, papier maches, china dolls, wooden folk dolls, toy horses, teddy bears and more. The preceding day a superb auction of French and German bisque dolls and rare WPA dolls from the Marysville Doll Museum are to be offered.

All this plus exciting news, a mystery doll and a dollhouse, and as always fabulous advertising from leading doll venues.

Happy Collecting!


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