The Barbie Doll, produced by the Mattel company became a global sensation during the late 1900’s. First making an appearance in 1959, the Barbie Doll wasn’t just popular among young girls but also became of interest for keen collectors. While the majority of the higher-priced dolls have only been produced in more recent years, some barbies stashed in the attic or garage can also fetch high prices when sold to the right buyer.[Read more…]
Antique Geisha Girl
Geisha, geiko or geigi are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music, dance and games.
A doll is a model of a human being. Dolls have been around since the dawn of human civilization, and have been fashioned from a vast array of materials, ranging from stone, clay, wood, bone, cloth and paper, to porcelain, china, rubber and plastic. While dolls have traditionally been toys for children, traditionally seen as a girls toy, they are also collected by adults, for their nostalgic value, beauty, historical importance or financial value.
Archaeological evidence places dolls as foremost candidate for oldest known toy, having been found in Egyptian tombs which date to as early as 2000 BCE. In Egypt, as well as Greece and Rome, it was common to find them in the graves of children. Most were made of wood, although pottery dolls were buried with children from wealthier families. Dolls with movable limbs and removable clothing date back to 200 BCE.