Most collectors accept their indian dolls as part of the family.
They truly love dolls. There are many factors that affect the value of indian dolls, but
it is apparent that none is more valuable than the one that holds a place in the collector's heart.
The condition of the indian dolls will most certainly determine their
values. The indian dolls face should be bright, with even coloring on the doll body.
Stained or significantly worn Indian Dolls or dolls not presented in the original costume
would be less valuable and generally less desirable.
Indian 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 indian dolls because most collectors prefer their dolls in original condition.
If restoration has occurred on the indian dolls you are considering, there are several
questions to consider before determining a purchase.
Make sure that the restoration of the indian dolls was done correctly by using original
techniques and materials. Indian 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 indian dolls were made. The appropriate restoration and general integrity of
indian dolls is important in determining their values.
Many books, guides and specialized indian dolls magazines
provide information about manufacturers, trademarks, and model numbers and include size charts
to assist in identifying your collectible dolls. Specialized doll magazines offer lists of
dealers and current market values of indian dolls. However, books and price guides on
indian dolls generally only indicate values for dolls in excellent or "mint" condition.
Buying indian dolls can require much patience and consideration.
Even the most experienced collectors of
indian dolls can become confused in the collectible doll market. However, there are
several ways for the indian dolls collector to gain confidence and minimize costly
mistakes when considering a purchase. By arming yourself with extensive knowledge of
indian dolls you will be amply prepared to successfully make that special
indian dolls purchase.
When purchasing indian dolls, first carefully consider the
condition of the doll and definitely request a receipt! Ask the seller to provide a
detailed description of the
indian 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 indian 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 indian dolls.