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How to Find the Value of Antique Porcelain Dolls | March 2019

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Antique porcelain dolls can be incredibly valuable.

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Some dolls from specific time periods have even made it into museums.

If you have a doll collection, you may be wondering how much it’s worth. It’s important to get the right value for your antiques.

Figuring out the price of a doll will depend on a few things such as the type, condition, and manufacturer.

Keep reading to learn how to find the value of your porcelain dolls.

Assessing Your Antique Porcelain Dolls

Before you can know how much your doll is worth, you’ll need to know what kind it is.

There are several main types of antique dolls. They originate from different eras and countries.


The Chinese porcelain doll is widely considered to be the rarest type of doll. China dolls have physical traits that are indicative of where they were produced.

Some of the first dolls had painted hair and wooden bodies. Many China dolls produced in the late 19th century have wigs with bangs.

Another type of porcelain doll is the more popular “bisque doll.” These antiques often have doll-like faces, with big eyes and small mouths. Some bisque dolls have glass eyes that open and close.

There are a couple different types of bisque dolls. Adult fashion dolls look like adult women. “Baby dolls” have childlike qualities and clothing.


The value of your doll will also depend on its manufacturer. Most dolls will have a manufacturer stamp and a date on them.

If a doll is from Europe, it may have the signature of a production company such as KGM. A China doll that has a country written on it was most likely produced after 1891. This is because of the specific regulations set in place by the McKinley Tariff Act.

These marks are not always in the same place. The stamp might be on the back of the head, back or neck. It’s also sometimes on the bottom of the foot.

Determining Value

Assessing the condition of your antique porcelain dolls is crucial. There are different characteristics to consider.

The material and features of the doll will give you a general sense of its worth. Dolls from the 1800s and onward have real hair rather than painted hair. Their clothes were often made from leather.

Make sure your doll is made of porcelain and not plastic. Genuine porcelain bisque dolls will be a translucent material instead of chalky.

Many dolls were mass-produced in the late 1900s. These types of dolls are the least valuable and they don’t sell for a lot of money.


Porcelain dolls can be in one of six categories. These include poor, good, fine, very fine, near mint, and mint. The most valuable dolls are in mint condition.

Look for signs of deterioration such as wear, chips, and cracks. Any signs of repair will also contribute to the condition of the doll.

Also, try to determine if the doll is clean and bright rather than smudged or tired-looking.


Once you’ve determined the value of your antique porcelain dolls, it’s time to sell. Pawn shops are a great method for selling your antiques.

PawnGuru can help you sell or pawn your doll by giving you offers from different local shops. It’s a free, reliable and easy way to get the best from your collection.

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How to Find the Value of Antique Porcelain Dolls | March 2019
Some antique porcelain dolls can be worth a lot of money. Depending on the type and condition, other porcelain dolls don't have much value at all.
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David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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