Archive for August, 2011

Amazing image, circa 1918, of a mother and child with a Kewpie doll.  I just love the mother’s bowtie and the large buttons on her skirt!  I wonder where the two live?  I see palm trees in the background.

This wonderful photo is courtesy of Maclancy on Etsy.  Click here to purchase!

Over the past ten years, I’ve bought and sold thousands of antique and vintage items; this one-of-a-kind chest is one of my absolute favorites!  Sometime during the 1920’s, a child or thoughtful parent used scraps, die cuts, and trade cards from the 1890s to the 1920s to create a very unique toy or doll trunk!  I just love the look and appeal of this whimsical piece!

I wonder what kind of treasure the chest originally held.  We can only imagine.

This fabulous chest is currently available in my store on Ruby Lane.  Click here for details!


A beautiful photo of a striking blonde girl and her doll that looks very much like her!  I love photos of children and their beloved toys!  These one-of-a-kind images capture the special bond between a child and their playthings.  This photo will be offered for sale in my shop on Ruby Lane in the near future!  Antique photos of children with toys are an affordable way to start an antique doll or toy collection!

I love the character of this sheep toy!  He dates from about 1900 and is just so whimsical – with one blue eye and one green eye and the little orange bow on his tail!

I don’t know a lot about him.  He appears to be handmade and looks very much like a Putz sheep of the same period.  He is attached to a wooden base which makes me think that he may have originally been a pull toy.

Did you know that the first pull toys were made in ancient Greece and Egypt in about 2000 BC?  These early toys were clay figures of animals with wheels attached to the feet!

Whatever this sheep’s story is, I think he’s very charming!  He would be so lovely on a Christmas mantle with holly strewn around his base!

He is currently up for auction on Ebay, ending this Sunday evening.  If you’re interested in bidding on him, click here!

Antique Toy Chest is now on Facebook! The Facebook Fan page is a great venue for updates on new items, sales, toy shows, and more! Click here to become a fan. Fans get 10% off of any non-sale purchases in my shop on Ruby Lane!

It is not certain if the Ideal Toy and Novelty Company would’ve survived the Great Depression without the Shirley Temple doll.  Ideal acquired the rights to make dolls in the young star’s image in 1934, and by 1941, the company had sold 45 million dollars worth of Shirley Temple dolls.  The dolls produced by Ideal bear an uncanny likeness to Temple – from the dimpled cheeks to the thick head of blonde curls!

This is an early Shirley Temple doll I have for sale on Ruby Lane.  She is wearing the iconic red and white polka dot dress from “Stand up and Cheer” and is still in her original box!  Her head is not marked with “Shirley Temple” but with an earlier Ideal Marking.  You can read more about how Ideal marked their Shirley Temple dolls below, an excerpt from

The first Shirley Temple dolls were marketed in fall of 1934, at that time, “Stand Up and Cheer” had just come out, and Shirley was just beginning to gain popularity. Because Ideal (the ONLY company licensed to sell the Shirley Temple doll) did not know how successful the dolls would be, the first dolls, the “prototype” doll, were not marked Shirley Temple, and were only marked on the inside of the head “(C) 1934 Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.”(also might be marked just Ideal on the head), by my own observation, these dolls had chubbier cheeks than the Shirleys made later in production, probably because Shirley was so young, and chubby herself. These dolls are slightly more valuable that the later Shirley dolls. CLICK HERE to see a prototype Shirley Temple prototype doll.

Once Christmas of 1934 came, and Ideal saw how successful the Shirley doll would be and so they got a patent on the Shirley Temple doll. For the first year of production, the name SHIRLEY TEMPLE was stamped on the doll along with a COP, which stood for Copyright Pending. Once Ideal got the copyright, the dolls said SHIRLEY TEMPLE on their head and back. The markings came as follows:

    1.SHIRLEY TEMPLE (in the shape of a half circle)
    2.SHIRLEY TEMPLE (in the shape of a half circle) IDEAL N.&T.Co. (inside the half circle, usually written IDEAL, straight across, on one line, and N.&T.Co. on the next), this mark also came with COP (C with the O and P inside it), to stand for Copyright Pending
    3.Shirley Temple
    SHIRLEY TEMPLE (just as written)
    4.Shirley Temple with IDEAL in a diamond below it, I have also seen just the Ideal in the diamond on the back of some Shirley dolls.

The beautiful doll pictured is for sale!  Click here for details!

Antique Toy Chest is now on Facebook! The Facebook Fan page is a great venue for updates on new items, sales, toy shows, and more! Click here to become a fan. Fans get 10% off of any non-sale purchases in my shop on Ruby Lane!

The stunning picture of the double rainbow in the gallery is from my trip to CO (just got back last night!).  Wonderful time with friends!