American & German Doll Collection

Value (2006) | $8,100 Retail$10,200 Retail

They were my mother's play toys. She grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. And there's many more, but these are three of the things that I brought in today. This one, I think, is called a "sand baby," and it weighs seven pounds and if you hold it, it feels like an infant. This one is Shirley Temple--


--and I believe these are original clothing that came with Shirley. And, um, I'm really not sure about anything with this one. It's just been up on a shelf. My husband thinks it looks like Scarlett O'Hara. So it really looks like that era, but I don't have any idea. I've never had an appraisal or anything on them.

Okay, we'll start out with Shirley. She's in very good shape other than a little problem with cracking here around her eyes, which happens to American composition dolls. Too much heat, too much cold, a lot of times, they'll start to split up. Now, she has her original dress with the tag, and in that kind of condition with that crackling and the original tag, I would say Shirley's probably worth $300 to $400. But... you have the cowgirl outfit.


That's something you don't find that often. Plus, Shirley has her boots. Her clothes are actually worth more than the doll itself.


So the outfit she has on and the cowgirl outfit there, you're probably looking at about $800 just for the clothing. Then you add a doll to the clothing, then you're over $1,000.


On to the lady, the Scarlett O'Hara in the chair. There was a very lovely society lady in New Jersey in the '20s, early '30s called Dorothy Heizer. She did needle sculpted work. All types of fabulous dolls. This one again-- condition problems with the dress. A little bit worn, a little bit dusty. This particular version of the Heizer doll I would place it between $3,000 and $4,000.

Holy cow.

Now of course, if she wasn't as dusty, without all the stains, it could probably go up to the $5,000 to $6,000. The baby is made by a lady in Germany called Käthe Kruse. And this doll was made in the late '20s into the 1930s. It is weighted. It actually weighs five pounds. And they were play dolls as well as teaching things in hospitals and it comes with "awake" and "asleep." This kid's asleep. And my German pronunciation is usually wrong but it was called “Traumerchen.” The face has a little bit of wear. The bonnet is original. The original dress. A little bit of wear on the toes. In this condition, which is not bad, you're still looking at probably $4,000 to $5,000 on Sand Baby.

Wow, wow. Thank you very much.

Thank you.

Appraisal Details

Appraised value (2006)
$8,100 Retail$10,200 Retail
Tucson, AZ (June 17, 2006)
20th Century
Cloth, Composite

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