Do You Prefer The Vintage Kewpie Doll
Children from all over the world enjoy playing with dolls. It may vary in size and materials that they are made of, as these toys may look like a baby, a child, or an adult. Children are not the only ones who are charmed by dolls. Adults have also been shown to find dolls endearing and in fact there are those who collect antique and costume dolls as a hobby. Queen Victoria of England, who reportedly had more than a hundred dolls, would be one of the more famous doll collectors.
The earliest doll-like figures have been seen since the time of Ancient Egypt, but it was only in the 1600’s and 1700’s when the increasing demand for dolls eventually led to a very profitable toy industry. Mostly cloth, paper and wax were used as materials for these early dolls. But, by the 1900’s a great variety of other materials have been explored and utilized for making dolls, an instance of which is bisque or unglazed pottery. The Kewpie is an example of a doll initially made in bisque that became trendy in the 1900's.
First manufactured in Germany, the dolls were based on illustrations by Rose O'neill. Kewpie dolls have been made with all sorts of materials over the years. Buy nothing is more important to a Vintage Kewpie doll collector than dolls made out of original materials like bisque.
Someone looking to purchase a Vintage Kewpie doll should be aware of the differences in materials used and the general appearance of the modern Kewpie doll and earlier Kewpies. First of all the Antique Kewpie dolls have blue wings on their shoulders while newer vinyl ones have nude colored wings. The earlier Kewpie dolls usually had Rose O'Neill's signature or the name O’Neill, imprinted on them. In the absence of the word "O'Neill," the phrase Made in Germany was place on the doll.
As is the custom now, unlike before, wherein the names of toy companies who manufactured the dolls were not printed, to help you identify easily, which company made it. Vintage Kewpie doll quite often come with a vintage costume as well, which increases the doll's value even more. Another verifiable mark for vintage Kewpies is the red and gold paper heart that can be found on its chest and a round label found at the back.
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