How to Sell Porcelain Dolls

January 22, 2020 - Antiques, Art and Collectibles

In 2014, a porcelain doll sold for $300,000. Do you have one in your attic?

Maybe you received porcelain dolls as gifts when you were a child. Or perhaps you begged your parents to buy you a beautiful porcelain doll when you went to the toy store. Either way, you probably no longer have a use for these dolls.

Luckily if you’re short on money, you can use these dolls to your advantage. Keeping them cooped up in your dusty attic is no way to make cash. You should consider selling your dolls instead. Here are some quick tips that’ll help you sell porcelain dolls to make some extra cash:

1. Determine Your Doll’s Type

Don’t know how to distinguish between china dolls and bisque dolls? Once you know the key characteristics of the popular types of vintage dolls, you should be able to figure out which category your doll falls into.

China dolls, or porcelain dolls, were originally made in Europe with a porcelain head and shoulders, and a body made of wood–these are the rarest type of china dolls. As time progressed, china dolls were made with porcelain hands and feet or had an entire body made of porcelain.

On the other hand, bisque dolls were first made with a leather or cloth body. At the beginning of the 20th century, these materials were changed to plastic and composition.

While china dolls can have a huge variation of appearance, bisque dolls typically have huge eyes with a petite, open mouth. They’re often dressed in luxurious jewelry and lace.

2. Find the Manufacturer 

Antique dolls should come with an identification number on its shoulder, head, neck, or on the bottom of its foot. This number can help you determine a price for your doll and can be used when conferring with an appraiser.

You’re in luck if your doll has a certificate of authenticity along with it. If you don’t have one handy, then you might be able to find a manufacturer’s stamp on the doll that will tell you what year it was produced. Vintage dolls produced before the 1930s are more valuable.

3. Doll Materials

When you pawn or sell antique furniture, materials matters–the same goes for collectible dolls.

Older dolls from the 1800s and 1900s are more valuable, as they tend to have realistic hair instead of painted hair and clothes made out of leather. However, newer porcelain dolls will have stuffed, cloth bodies with a Victorian-era outfit.

4. Find Comparisons

Before you sell your doll, compare it to other dolls from the same manufacturer and time period. You can find price databases online, consult a doll collecting forum, or even check out a book at the library dedicated to dolls.

Knowing How to Sell Porcelain Dolls

Once you find out the essential information related to your doll, it’s easy to determine a price range for it. There are plenty of places where you can sell your doll. Whether you choose to bring it to an auction, sell it online, or visit a pawn shop, you’ll be able to determine if your buyer is making a good offer.


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