Dating antique china dolls
Dating a china head doll takes research and experience, although there are a couple things that can help clue you in to the date of the doll.
Learn about individual doll makers, identifying characteristics and photos online at websites such as Doll or in reference books such as “German Porcelain Dolls, 1836-2002” by Mary Gorham Krombholz.
Unfortunately, many factories did not identify their products, since they were making parts for resale and not complete dolls.
Other factories were sold and resold, changing their names and their marks, but still making dolls and doll parts.
Antique China head dolls have delighted children and adults alike for years, and the passion for these antiques continues unabated.
Whether you purchase high-end, museum-quality examples, or you delight in a doll which survived some dings and chips, collecting china head dolls means entering in a world of history, fashion and fairytales.
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As china manufacturing methods became more dependable, china head dolls started to fully enter the market by the 1830s according to Collectors Weekly. In Europe, dolls china factories began to turn out dolls resembling the young Queen Victoria after she took the throne.