Page 89


The Doll Collectors Club of NSW Presents 31st Annual Doll Fair


ome along and join in the fun at the annual Doll Fair being held at the Liverpool Catholic Club. The huge selection of traders will be offering thousands of antique and modern dolls and bears, vintage cloth dolls, bisque, composition and plastic dolls and gollies. There will also be dolls clothes, shoes, wigs, linen, lace, old prams, doll furniture and miniatures as well as books, magazines and greenware.

FREE valuation Bring your dolls to the club’s valuation table. Please note that there is a limit of three dolls per person.

WARNING! FAKE COLLECTABLE DOLLS Since early 2006, more modern fake dolls are being sold as antiques for high prices on the internet and at doll fairs in Australia. These reproduction dolls are mainly coming out of Germany and Belgium. They are an increasing problem, especially to those who collect allbisque dolls as they spread through USA, Japan, England and Australia. Very appealing and cleverly put together, it’s not surprising that collectors are mistaking them for antiques. Once you recognise them you have no trouble realising that they are fakes, so do not let them deter you from collecting the genuine article. Fakes can be spotted by these signs: They are usually represented as vintage stock coming from old German factories but this is not the case They are presented on old cards as salesmen‘s samples, usually dressed as pairs in jester outfits or dressed as bunnies, etc Several boxed sets of twelve dolls have been noticed, dressed in quite attractive clothes which appear to be vintage, but closer examination reveals them just clever sewing Some tiny dolls are presented in old cardboard boxes Another often-seen fake is an all-bisque googly, mould number 217 or 292. These are the same mold numbers as a genuine antique Kestner googly but fakes have a different face and footwear from the original. Watch for glass-eyed, all-bisque dolls about 10 cm (4 inches) tall Fake all-bisque Heubach dolls include piano babies, Kewpie dolls, military nodders, snow babies, bathing beautys and half-dolls. Newly-made dolls can often be recognised by kiln dust in the ears, nose and hands; tea-stained clothing; heavily-glued wigs and clothing construction methods. If you do collect small dolls, be wary of these signs.

28-29 July

Repairing of celluloid dolls is fairly easy. Note that a pink celluloid doll which is now really dark brown could be unstable celluloid; cases have been reported where such a doll has self-destructed.

HINTS for storing dolls MARKS on vinyl dolls As vinyl ages, it can lose colour, fade or turn yellowish due to the presence of petroleumbased secondary plasticisers used as fillers to extend the vinyl product. These substances react with ultra-violet light (sunlight), producing the changes. Vinyl can also become blotchy as the result of poorly-mixed ingredients. It has been suggested that faded vinyl can be re-dyed using cloth dye of a suitable shade – only a temporary solution as dyeing has to be repeated. In some lightweight vinyls, as used for the body and legs of some walker dolls, the plasticisers migrate to the surface where they evaporate with the result that the plastic becomes brittle and splits. Nothing can be done to reverse this reaction. Marker pens are devastating for vinyl dolls that readily absorb that ink, which is almost impossible to remove. Try using an acne treatment from the chemist, painting the penaffected area using a cotton bud, then wrap the area in a clean dry cloth. Leave the doll in a cool dark place for about a week. If the mark is still visible after a week, repeat the treatment. If two treatments fail to remove the ink, unfortunately it is probably a lost cause.

Never store dolls in plastic bags as these sweat in Sydney’s humidity and can cause severe deterioration, especially to composition and plastic dolls For safer storage, wrap the doll in a pillowcase, towel or similar soft cloth Place the doll face down with the eyes open. This avoids the problem of sleep eyes falling out in bisque heads, or sticking in a closed position as can happen with some hard plastic dolls Never place mothballs near plastic dolls as they may trigger the breakdown of the plastic, especially in Pedigree dolls Store every doll in a cool place, away from direct sunlight. The Annual Doll Fair draws people searching for that old doll or toy that they lost in their childhood. Others may just have discovered a little child deep inside, now searching for a new collecting interest. For more information contact DOLL COLLECTORS CLUB OF NSW INC 02 9389 0324 / 02 9449 1999 02 4393 9973

CELLULOID dolls Made in Japan from about 1917 onwards, celluloid dolls were very popular with little girls from the 1920s until the early 1950s. They were light in weight, washable and relatively unbreakable, almost the ideal doll. However, they were very flammable and the use of celluloid for dolls was banned worldwide in the 1950s and many parents threw them away for fear their children would be injured should the doll catch fire. Celluloid dolls were easily damaged or dented in a number of ways. Little owners would bite dolls’ noses, the thinnest part of the face and consequently the most easily damaged. While brothers have always loved teasing sisters, once they discovered the flammable properties of the celluloid, many a young lad set his sister’s doll on fire much to its owner’s distress and parents’ horror. ANTIQUES & ART IN NEW SOUTH WALES


Antiques & Art in New South Wales  

antiques, art deco, art nouveau, art, bronzes, ceramics, collectables, furniture, textiles, works of art

Antiques & Art in New South Wales  

antiques, art deco, art nouveau, art, bronzes, ceramics, collectables, furniture, textiles, works of art