It is important to be informed when considering
native american dolls! Learn everything you can about native american dolls from library books, price guides,
trade magazines and museums. Get to know the particular periods and styles that pertain to
native american dolls. Reputable dealers of native american dolls can be valuable sources of information.
However, when searching for dealers of native american dolls, look for those who are established in
the community and have some of the best examples of native american dolls. Ask questions about different
pieces that will help you understand about price structures and values of native american dolls.
When purchasing native american dolls, first carefully consider
the condition of the doll and definitely request a receipt! Ask the seller to
provide a detailed description of the native american 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 native american 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 native american dolls.
Reference books on native american 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 native american dolls, but also provide beautiful illustrations.
Many specialized native american dolls books, guides and magazines provide information about
manufacturers, trademarks, and mold numbers and include size charts to assist in
identifying your native american dolls.
Native American Dolls presented in "mint" condition with the original
costume and accessories are highly desirable and will bring very attractive prices.
The face of the native american dolls should be bright, with even coloring on the doll body.
Native American 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.
Native American 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 native american dolls because most collectors prefer
their dolls in original condition. If restoration has occurred on the native american dolls
you are considering, there are several questions to consider before determining a purchase.
Make sure that the restoration of the native american dolls was done correctly
by using original techniques and materials. Native American 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 native american dolls were made. The appropriate
restoration and general integrity of native american dolls is important in determining their values.