When considering a antique nurse dolls for purchase consider the condition
of the doll. The face should be bright, with even coloring on the doll body.
Antique Nurse Dolls that are stained, show significant wear or dolls not presented in their
original costume with accessories would be less valuable and less desirable.
If restoration has occurred on the antique nurse dolls you are
considering make sure that the restoration of the antique nurse dolls was done correctly by using original
techniques and materials. The fabrics and trims used in the reproduction clothing should
be representative of the period in which the antique nurse dolls were made. Any restoration
changes made to the Antique Nurse Dolls such as repainting, repairs, or added materials should
be disclosed by the seller. It is important to know that in many instances restoration
can actually lower the value of antique nurse dolls because most collectors prefer their
dolls in original condition.
The condition of the antique nurse dolls will most certainly determine their
values. Antique Nurse Dolls not presented in the original costume or accessories will bring only
a fraction of the price indicated by pricing guides. Many books, guides and magazines
provide information about manufacturers, trademarks, and mold numbers and include size
charts to assist in identifying your collectible dolls. Specialized doll magazines
offer lists of dealers and current market values of antique nurse dolls. However, books and
price guides on antique nurse dolls generally only indicate values for dolls in excellent condition.
Current clothing fashions or popularity of a particular clothing
era may influence the popularity of a specific type of antique nurse dolls, and thus, increase
its value. Of course, other factors such as age, rarity, and general demand for the doll
will also greatly affect the worth of your antique nurse dolls.
Buying antique nurse dolls can require much patience and consideration.
Even the most experienced collectors of antique nurse dolls can become confused in the
collectible doll market. However, there are several ways for the antique nurse dolls
collector to gain confidence and minimize costly mistakes when considering a purchase.
By arming yourself with extensive knowledge of antique nurse dolls you will be amply
prepared to successfully make that special antique nurse dolls purchase.