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Posted 2 years ago


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Old man hands look like the hands of the other dolls besides the elderly woman which is cloth and stitched. Looks like a coating of something over wood.


  1. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Dick I am going to stay with my original thought they are some type of puppet dolls . Dating maybe from 1930-1940's . It will be hard to place a value on them but they were made for a special event . I don't think mass produced . The artist that did them did a wonderful job .
    I hope they were not in museum dumpster in your Moms home town where I am . This is one reason people should think twice about donating dolls to museums as most have far to many dolls and they stay in boxes all their lives and are never displayed and in this case discarded .
    To get true value and if kids are freaked by them I would sell them on Ebay as buyers set the value in the end . I would say all of them would be worth a min of $100 as a group and likely go higher with more than a few people bidding . They would be of interest to Puppet collectors as well as folk art . They are wonderful
    The cloth faced doll is correct the molded face is made and cloth put over it and painted . She may or may not have belonged to puppet group .
  2. DickTrickle, 2 years ago
    Hey thanks for the info. The sad thing is a bunch of items had been stored at a warehouse, rent was never paid and everything was dumped. A few of us saw value in some things and reacted accordingly and salvaged stuff.
  3. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Glad you saved these . They have faces similar to some of my manikins . We have family in common . So should you want to sell them let me know ok Dick .
    How fun is it an auction like storage wars ? That would be fun but some of them gamble on what they don't know and I am not much for taking chances . But would be fun to see what people find and I would grab what they thought was trash also !!!!
  4. Katie, 2 years ago
    Hi- My grandmother made marionettes that looked just like these and I saw one online that was said to be found in a dumpster. We want to keep most of them in the family, and I know some were in museums and who knows where else. Her name was Grace Odhner, and she worked with Perry Dilly, going around the country putting on elaborate puppet shows 1920-35?. They made all the marionettes and their clothing by hand, and they really are lovely works of art. Should you find out any history of these, I'd like to know. Katie Miller

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