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History of Collectible and Lifelike Dolls

Dolls had an important role throughout history. They were used for numerous purposes for magical and religious rituals, and as toys and collectibles. These items were used in ancient societies and managed to persist throughout the years despite all the turmoil and cultural changes.

There is a high demand for some of these special dolls making them one of the most popular products for collectors.

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Dolls in Europe

Early American dolls were made of various materials including cloth and remind us how easy it is to create them. Still, when we talk about the best pieces, it is hard not to mention German and French dolls made during the 19th century. These items propelled the doll craze which exists even now. For the first time ever, these items are seen as toys for babies and kids and are even collected by adult women.

French Bebe dolls which appeared during the 1850s were the new step in the craftsmanship. These were custom-made items in the form of young children which completely changed the industry. Soon afterward, the first items made of porcelain were created.

During the late 19th century, French doll makers started creating products with unglazed heads. At the same time, unglazed colored clay was used which was much more realistic and similar to real skin. They were known as bisque dolls and quickly became a standard. German companies responded by using celluloid for their pieces which is much better in terms of durability.

Even though these items were initially created as playthings, after some time they became one of the most popular collectibles in the world. Doll lovers are prepared to pay the top price to have one of these collectibles in their collection which makes sense given the amount of craftsmanship involved in creating them.

20th Century collectible dolls

Although Europe spearheaded production of baby dolls, the rest of the world wasn’t idle. Japanese had their own type of products (Kokeshi) while Americans had their own brands such as Kewpie. Alexander Doll Company formed by Madame Alexander is another great example of a company that produced fashion puppets. Mattel, the company that created the Barbie, was founded in the 1950s. The product quickly set standards for gift dolls and girl toys. Children simply love to play with them. Today, Barbies come with numerous accessories such as clothing, jewelry, shoes and so on.

Lifelike dolls

Reborn dolls had a quick impact on the market since they were first introduced during the 1930s.

These products were created by modifying standard baby dolls. Artist would add numerous details to a product painting its skin, adding special hair, adding various accessories and so on. They are usually made of soft silicone vinyl as well as cloth and cotton. You can also find full body silicone lifelike dolls.

Reborns had a rough time. At first, they were featured in big American department stores. It didn’t help that they were realistic as many customers complained of them being “creepy” and soon after, they were removed from regular stores.

For the longest time, they were sold in small specialized shops and during fan conventions. Even if a customer wanted to buy one, it was hard to get ahold of them. The solution came with the development of the internet and nowadays reborn babies can be easily found online. If you’re a doll collector, you will most definitely love them!

In conclusion

Dolls are one of the best gifts for kids. These products have existed for a long time and they are important not only as toys or family items but for human history as a whole. They are close to our heart and we hope you love them every bit as much!

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