Most early wooden dolls were made in England from 1680 until the early 1800s. They are often called Queen Anne dolls, although most were made before and after her reign. Although far more female wooden dolls were produced, some male dolls were made, the only difference between the two being their dress and hair.

Many wooden dolls were originally created by parents in traditional folk art style, but the most elaborate examples were made by professional craftsmen.

Early wooden dolls are more ornate and detail-oriented than those made in later years. Until the early-to-mid-18th century, wooden dolls featured individual facial expressions, glass eyes, and distinct fingers and toes (sometimes even showing nails). The entire doll was made of wood, minus the upper arms, which were usually linen, and they were dressed in period-appropriate attire.

However, after the mid-18th century, the quality of the craftsmanship began to steadily deteriorate. Less attention was paid to detail and the individuality of each doll. Other than the quality, another major change was that the entire doll began to be made of wood—upper arms and all.

Stump dolls were first made during the 19th century, primarily in England and Germany. Created from a single block, these dolls lack legs (and, for the most part, arms, too) and are usually brightly painted.

Another type of wooden doll is the Dutch peg wooden, first produced in the late 18th century. Made of carved wood, the joins are hinged with pegs, giving the dolls their name.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Dollreference.com

Dollreference.com

This densely packed index of antique and vintage dolls claims to offer over 10,000 images of dolls from the 1800s … [read review or visit site]

Vintage Dolls of the 50s

Vintage Dolls of the 50s

Rhonda Wilson's collection of 1950s dolls, organized by name (Ginny and friends, Littlest Angel and friends, etc.) … [read review or visit site]

Kaylees Korner of Collectible Dolls

Kaylees Korner of Collectible Dolls

Kaylee's extensive collection of vintage dolls from the 1930s to 90s. Click the balloons to browse. Though Kaylee s… [read review or visit site]

Museum of Childhood

Museum of Childhood

Embrace your inner child on this website from the Victoria and Albert Museum, filled with high-quality images and i… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

2 Antique Dolls-woman-wooden-4.5 Inch-hand Painted-nr!Award-winning Hitty Hand Carved By Beth Turk #1/16, 6.5" + Clothes, Wooden BoxNo Reserve Japanese Kobe Kobi Toy Carved Wood Automaton Oriental Doll VintageAntique Articulated Wood Schoenhut 16" Doll (690)Carved Wood Hitty Doll By Gale Lyons 2015 Sept 62 Antique Wooden Dolls-1.5 Inch-woman-hand Painted-old-nr!Carved Wood Hitty Doll By Gale Lyons 2014 Number 5Antique Doll Lot Of Pieces Heads, Faces, Eyes, Wooden Body, Flapper GermanyAntique Armand Marseille 390 8/0 Bisque & Wooden 12in. Doll With Original OutfitWooden Bitty Hitty Carved By Artist Erin KleiderCarved Wood Crech Head, Glass Eyes6" Sara Cole Hitty~ For Restore! Antique 19" Wood Schoenhut Doll... As Found ~3 Antique Vintage Paper Mache Asian Oriental Dolls Long Fingered Wood InteriorMadame Alexander Doll Springtime Silk Wendykin Wood Doll Le 250 NmVintage Miniature Pram Doll Baby Stroller Buggy Wood & Metal CarriageCarved Wood Creche Head,Carved Wood Creche Head, Glass EyesVintage Felix The Cat Wooden Doll Figure With Flexible Atms Pat SullivanCarved Wood Creche Head, Glass Eyes With BodyPlanter's Mr.peanut Jointed 8.5" Wooden Doll,circa 1935, Schoenhut Toy By CameoBeautiful Fancy Dress For Your Hitty Felix The Cat Wood Jointed Figurine DollRare Vintage Wood Black Doll, Plastic Black Figure And Little Black Sambo BookFancy Dress For Your Hitty Wooden Hitty By Artist Mtw Signed #6, 2--18--11 #4 Gale Lyons Cloth HittyAntique Oriental Burmese Articulated Wood Marionette Puppet Theatre Doll 23" #13 Primitive Vintage Racist Americana Handmade Paper On Wood Cut Out Dolls 1930'sAntique Oriental Burmese Articulated Wood Marionette Puppet Theatre Doll 23" #3Antique Primitive Wooden Chinese DollAntique Oriental Burmese Articulated Wood Marionette Puppet Theatre Doll 23" #414" 1870's French Bru Poupee Peau Doll W/fully Jointed Pin & Dowel Wooden BodyOutstanding Near Mint Rare Wood Jointed Composition 13" 1940 Ideal Superman LrWooden Armoire Full Of "hitty" Doll Clothes And AccessoriesPlanters Mr Peanut Jointed Wood Doll Circa 1930s ShoenhutTiny Antique Reproduction Queen Anne Wooden Doll By Barbara LoganVintage Rare 13" Japanese Creative Kokeshi Wooden Doll Yamanaka Sanpei 5lbsRobin Wood "jane Eyre Bride Doll" Mint ConditionRemarkable! Antique 1911 Schoenhut 16" Smiling Girl...all Original!Large Traditional Russian Matryoshka Nesting Dolls Hand Painted Wood Beautiful Carved Wood Hitty Doll.Milli & Maurice Naber Kids Bride & Groom 1988 17" Molded Wood Compo. DollsRaikes Wooden Hitty Doll Needs Legs Restrung 1987 Robin & Nell Dale Nero Sailor Hp Wood Stump Doll Cumbria EnglandAdvertising Mr Peanut Vintage Planters Nuts Wooden Doll Original 1950's ToyVintage 1930's Jaymar Wood Jointed Doll Child's Toy Puppet KangarooAntique 11-1/2" Schoenhut Jointed Wood Boy Doll W/ Decals And ClothingJake Naber Kids 1988 17" Molded Wood Composition Doll By Harold Naber, AlaskaOlder Huge 171/2 Inch Ogre Wood Carved Kachina DollAntique Heubach Koppelsdorf Bisque Doll 14 In Germany 250 7/0 Composition/wood Primitive Large Rabbit Doll W/ Wooden Eggs Carrots & Basket ~ Spring ~ Easter ~ Lot Of 8 Vtg Handpainted Wooden Nesting Dolls Walter Naber Kids 1988 17" Molded Wood Compo. Doll W/cowboy Outfit By H.naberVintage Krazy Kat Mouse Ignatz Wood Jointed Toy Doll FigureVintage Inuit Alaskan Eskimo Doll Fur Beaded Wood Face Fur And Leather 10" TallAntique Composition Wood Ball Jointed Doll Body For Bisque Socket Head German ?Ashley Naber Kids 1986 17" Molded Wood Composition Doll By Harold NaberVtg Googly Eye Doll Composition Head Cloth Body Wooden Shoes -girlVintage Russian Matryoshka Gold Wooden Floral Nesting 10 Dolls