Sunday, March 15, 2009

The March Doll, Teddy and Toy Show, Dedham, Massachusetts

A Beautiful "almost" spring day greeted the many dealers during the early morning set up at the March 15, 2009 Doll, Teddy and Toy Show at the Holiday Inn, Dedham, Massachusetts. The showroom filled with bisque, antique, vintage dolls and doll accessories of all kinds as dealers began to unpack.
This show is known for the fine selection of antique cloth dolls either primitive and folky or manufactured. Several dealers at the show specialize in antique cloth dolls.
Personally, I prefer the American 19thC embroidered face, pencil drawn face or oil painted face dolls Each one is a one of a kind unique creation.
Interesting vignettes also were found at the show putting antique dolls to work posing at their favorite activity.
Many dealers had an endless assortment of bisque head dolls dressed in snowy white afternoon frocks.
I love the primitive rag dolls made of muslin and dressed in cotton calico. Rarely do cloth rag dolls have the original clothing and it is fun to find an antique cotton calico dress to fit them. Layering with white muslin petticoats and pantaloons gives the dolls a sense of what must have been on them originally.
Vintage 50's fashion dolls also play an important part of my inventory, and these gals display so well.

Now those are SMILES!!!!
My favorite at the show were two Madame Alexander Cissy dolls.
Many dealers including myself also had a wide variety of Barbie from Silkstone in my booth to all kinds of boxed Barbies.
And of course, the show included many very nice Teddy Bears in all sizes !!

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