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Dolls By Type: Plus Doll Profiles and Dolls by Material

Our Doll Encyclopedia has profiles of dolls, plus articles, history, links and information organized by type of doll--bisque, china, cloth, composition, ethnic, hard plastic, vinyl, wood and wax. The material that your doll is made of is determined by the head of the doll.
  1. Doll Profiles (50)
  2. Cloth Dolls (24)
  3. Composition Dolls (7)
  4. Ethnic Dolls (21)
  5. Hard Plastic Dolls (8)
  6. Miniature Dolls (23)
  7. Madame Alexander Dolls (29)
  8. Santa Dolls (12)
  9. Bride Dolls (12)
  10. Papier Mache Dolls (18)
  11. Souvenir Dolls (19)
  12. Teddy Bears (7)

A Guide to Doll Materials
If you know the material that a doll head is made with, you have the key to identifying and understanding a doll. This guide will help you identify, collect, and appreciate dolls according to the materials that they were made with.

Glossary of Doll Collecting Terms -- Collectible Play Doll
Glossary of Doll Collecting Terms -- Collectible Play Doll

Dolls and Toys in the National Toy Hall of Fame
A list of dolls and toys inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York

A Brief History of Talking Dolls--From Bebe Phonographe to Amazing Amanda
A Brief History of Talking Dolls--From Bebe Phonographe to Amazing Amanda

Hinges and Hearts: Metal Heads and Mechanical Dols
metal head, pewter, metal doll, Minerva, Juno, Diana, mechanical dolls, Gumby, Liddle Kiddles, wire armature, Roldan, Klumpe, Ellis, Flatsy, Schoenhut

A Doll Collector's Alphabet
Doll Collecting at About.com, Ellen Tsagaris, Collectible Dolls, Antique Dolls, Ancient Dolls, Rag, Cloth, Barbie, Fashion Dolls, French, German

Estate Dolls
estate, Ningyo, hina matsuri, Japanese dolls, Danbury mint, porcelain dolls 1980s, vinyl, estate sales, storage, museums, thrift shops

Fabulous Fragments
art dolls, doll shards, art from found objects, Mary Hillier Dolls and Dollmakers, Joseph Cornell, Bebe Marie, misfit dolls, paper dolls, mixed media, shadowbox, damaged dolls

Sherman Smith, Artist and Whittler
This is a piece about a talented doll artist and woodcarver who has gained posthumous admiration for his remarkable dolls.

Cross Collectible and Dolls
Eleanor St. George who wrote "Old Dolls" observed that doll collectors often have multiple hobby interests. Therefore, we collect items related to our dolls, or cross-collectibles.

Monster High Dolls
Monster High dolls are sister dolls to Barbie, but are surpassing her in popularity. The hauntingly chic teenaged dolls have inspired an entire collection of spinoff products and promotions.

Lincoln Dolls
brain babies, jack the doll, milliners model, porcelain, peggy nisbet, unique designs, Lincoln dolls, flat top china head, china head, Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln, Zouave, sanitary fair, Willie and Tad Lincoln, bobble head, bobble head John Wilkes Booth

Valentine Dolls
Valentine Dolls are gifts from the heart; they include Cupids, angels, Raggedy Ann, Dream Pets, Beanies, and Kamar Dolls, along with Barbies and more.

The Vampyre Doll Collector
This is a poem about being able to collect dolls forever.

Uncanny Dolls
Dolls that are too realistic often attract attention from the scientific, medical, and psychological communities.

Reviews: “Black Dolls 1820-1991, “African Dolls”
Books about black dolls and African dolls for collectors.

Beating the Winter Blahs with Dolls
Doll collecting is a terrific way to take the chill out of winter and beat the winter blues.

Profile: Long Gone Dolls by Teri Long
Read about an artist who makes "creepy dolls" beautiful and who takes upcycling to new heights. What started as a project to make original Halloween decorations has blossomed into a career of artistic doll rescue without parallel

Dolls for Washington's Birthday-Emma Clear, Effanbee, More
George and Martha Washington have been reinvented as dolls by many companies, and are popular cross over collectibles with political memorabilia collectors.

Review: Official Price Guide to Dolls by Denise Van Patten
Denise Van Patten's "The Official Price Guide to Dolls" is the most comprehensive digest of doll collecting in the annals of doll price guides.

The Japanese Doll Festival

Doll Collecting and Contemporary Culture
Today, doll collecting in all its aspects is attracting publicity in social media, popular culture and American Society.

Hinges and Hearts: A Group Written Doll Poem
Here is what happens when a group of doll lovers get together to help your guide brainstorm a poem; read on, inspired by Hinges, Hearts, and Metal Dolls.

My Three Collections
My Doll Collection ranges from The Sublime to the Ridiculous; all are my Favorites! From French Bisque to Kleenex, dolls make up three branches of one lifelong collection.

Stiches in Time; More on Cloth Dolls
Rag dolls reflect stitches in time that could tell the world's history, beginning with a Roman Rag doll that is over 2000 years old. Cloth dolls rule!

Doll Books on Kindle Part I

Review: Creepy A** Dolls
This book is a tongue-in-cheek look at antique and collectible dolls, capitalizing on the "haunted doll" fad.

King and Rice; Tommknockers and Interview with the Vampire
Scary films and novels inspire dolls and collectibles

Dolls and Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" not only has inspired doll artists since its publication, it also features dolls and doll making.

Profile of an Artist: Debbie Ritter of Uneek Doll Designs, Etsy
Debbie Ritter of Uneek Doll Designs features in her Etsy store Remarkable miniature portraits of historical, literary, and fantasy characters.

China Heads II
Part II of a history of various types of china headed dolls.

Review: "Empty Mansions."
Read the mysterious story of one of the wealthiest, most reclusive doll collectors to ever live, Huguette Clark, daughter of the copper king.

Intensity by Dean Koontz
Dean Koontz's "Intensity" spawned a TV movie that used dolls as props in a sinister plot.

Living Dollls

Mom's Collection
My mother became a default doll collector, who rescued, dressed, and returned their innocence, to dolls.

Noel Barrett Auctions Flora Gil Jacobs Personal Collection
Doll, miniature, doll house, toy auction of a legendary collection immortalized once in a books and a museum.

The Six Millioon Dollar Doll--Almost
The most expensive doll figure in the world to date is also an ancient one. Move over Thundercats!

The Doll Files
Documenting your doll collection and preserving ephemera creates an interesting side collection.

Dolls for Haitian School L'Allemand
Children make rag dolls for poor school kids in Haiti.

Of Dolls and Murder

Marque Sells for $300,00.00

Review: Eagle Estate Brokers [EEB] Flea Market
Indoor Flea Market with a Historic Past with unlimited doll hunting opportunities

Headless Historicals
Macabre humor, historical costuming, and creative genius give Living Dead Dolls a Run for their toy money.

Profile: The King of Dolls by Ljeposlav Perinic (1922-2005)
This amazing, unique collection once graced the Worlds Far, Exp0 '67

More Jumeau
Jumeau has been called the prince of the French Dollmakers

Review: A Study of Dolls by G. Stanley Hall (1897)
Review of an early doll book by G. Stanley Hall.

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