It is important to be informed when considering
country dolls! Learn everything you can about country dolls from library books, price guides,
trade magazines and museums. Get to know the particular periods and styles that pertain to
country dolls. Reputable dealers of country dolls can be valuable sources of information.
However, when searching for dealers of country dolls, look for those who are established in
the community and have some of the best examples of country dolls. Ask questions about different
pieces that will help you understand about price structures and values of country dolls.
When purchasing country dolls, first carefully consider
the condition of the doll and definitely request a receipt! Ask the seller to
provide a detailed description of the country dolls including the age, origin
and condition, as well as the price paid and where, when and from whom the
doll was purchased.
Current clothing fashions or popularity of a particular
clothing era may influence the popularity of a specific type of country 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 country dolls.
Reference books on country dolls are a must for the serious
collector! Not only are there are a variety of resources available to help you determine
the condition and value of your country dolls, but also provide beautiful illustrations.
Many specialized country dolls books, guides and magazines provide information about
manufacturers, trademarks, and mold numbers and include size charts to assist in
identifying your country dolls.
Country Dolls presented in "mint" condition with the original
costume and accessories are highly desirable and will bring very attractive prices.
The face of the country dolls should be bright, with even coloring on the doll body.
Country Dolls that are stained, show significant wear or dolls not presented in their
original costume with accessories will be significantly less in value compared to the prices
listed in the price guides.
Country Dolls from earlier years are rarely found in good
condition and have often been restored. It is important to know that in many instances
restoration can actually lower the value of country dolls because most collectors prefer
their dolls in original condition. If restoration has occurred on the country dolls
you are considering, there are several questions to consider before determining a purchase.
Make sure that the restoration of the country dolls was done correctly
by using original techniques and materials. Country Dolls from earlier years may have
reproduction clothing. The fabrics and trims used in the reproduction clothing should
be representative of the period in which the country dolls were made. The appropriate
restoration and general integrity of country dolls is important in determining their values.