Archive for March, 2011

A page from the French Dupuis Department Store catalog I currently have listed on EBay.  The play clothes for boys are so cute!  I LOVE the prices too!  I was unable to find any information about this catalog or company online.  Does anyone out there have any information?

Vintage pictures of children with identifiable toys are such treasures!  This 1939 photo of a beautiful, raven-haired tot with her Pinocchio doll is certainly a find!

The doll shown in the photo was made by the Ideal Doll company around 1939/1940 to coincide with the release of the Walt Disney Film.  As many of you know, the Ideal Doll company is most famous for their best-selling, authorized Shirley Temple doll. 

Many toys were made in the likeness of characters from this classic film including a Pinocchio wind-up toy by Marx,  paper masks of Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, and Jepedo, and bisque figures of characters from the film.  The Knickerbocker Toy company also made a wooden Jiminy Cricket Doll that is as cute as a button!  I have included an image in the gallery!  Enjoy!

This beautiful little baby doll was made by the German firm of Armand Marseille in the 1920’s to compete with Grace Putnam’s Bye-Lo Baby.  The doll is called ”My Dream Baby” and is one of the Marseille firm’s most famous dolls – and also one of the cutest.  The doll was made in various sizes and usually had a cloth body with composition arms.  I find the Dream Babies more appealing than the Bye-Lo Babies. 

If you’re interested in this precious doll, it is available for sale this week on Ebay.  Check out the link to my Ebay auctions at the top of the page!

I thought that this French theater with bisque doll cast was absolutely spectacular when I spotted it in an online antique store!  The doll characters are from the Italian “Commedia Dell’Art” – a form of theater that was most popular throughout the 16th and 18th centuries in Europe.  Some of the dolls have painted on makeup to make them appear more “in character.”

This amazing piece sold over the weekend.  If you’re interested in viewing more items from this quality antique store, visit Turn of the Century Antiques.

Beatrix Potter’s classic story, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” has delighted children for over a hundred years and Milton Bradley’s puzzles have entertained children for just a little longer! The Milton Bradley company began making puzzles in 1880; Potter’s book debuted in 1901. This wonderful puzzle is makes for a perfect marriage between the two franchises!

This boxed puzzle set features three puzzles with scenes from Potter’s much-loved story. Mr. McGregor is shown with his rake in a rage. Peter is pictured eating some carrots!

The Peter Rabbit Puzzle was produced by the Milton Bradley Company between 1913 and 1931. I haven’t seen another like it.

This charming and rare piece is currently available for sale in my shop on Ruby Lane.  Check out the link to my auctions at the top of the page!