Wooden Dolls



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Wooden Dolls are dolls manufactured from wood.

Brief history and description

Authentic antique wooden dolls were typically manufactured in England sometime between the late 1600s and the early 1800s. (However, a large number of antique wooden dolls were manufactured in Germany during the 19th century as well).

The majority of antique wooden dolls are generally female, however, a small number of wooden male dolls were manufactured during this period as well.

Antique wooden dolls typically come with traditional folk art-style clothing and/or accessories, and usually feature glass eyes and facial expressions.

Guide for collectors

Antique French Bebe Jumeau Bisque wooden dolls are considered to be the most valuable among collectors, but not necessarily the most rare. Antique dolls that are sold with the original clothing and/or accessories are considered to be rare.

Restoration of an antique wooden doll is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring an antique wooden doll may decrease its value). It is important to point out that antique wooden doll collectors generally avoid purchasing antique wooden dolls that have any sort of damage such as cracked skin or missing hair.

For more information regarding where to find antique wooden dolls, visit British Wood Dolls or Dolly Maker.


Wooden Peddler dolls

Ron Rhoads Auctioneers in Spring City, Pennsylvania sold a wooden peddler doll with a basket and vintage clothing for $110 in April of 2006.

Wooden Schoenhut dolls

McMasters Harris Auction Co. in Columbus, Ohio sold a wooden Schoenhut boy doll for $175 in February of 2008.

Mortise and Tenon dolls

Livingston's Auction in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma sold an antique wooden Mortise and Tenon doll for $45 in September of 2005.

French Bebe dolls

Wickliff & Associates Auctioneers in Carmel, Indiana sold an antique French Bebe Jumeau Bisque Doll for $4,500 in October of 2011.


Echoes Antiques & Auction Gallery, Inc. in Oceanside, New York sold a large Pelams wooden salesman marionette for $125 in February of 2012

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