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Nistis Woman Weaving with Child Doll - from Spain 1950's

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    Posted 10 years ago

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    These two dolls are in a diorama with a woman weaving and young boy sitting on the loom as she weaves. My father bought this for my mother in the 1950's when he was stationed in Spain with the U.S. Navy. It has a label on it showing it was made by "Nistis", a Spanish doll maker similar to Roldan and Klumpe. Both dolls and the loom are in pretty good shape. Is anyone familiar with these dolls? I would like an idea of how much it is worth although I am not selling it. I have noticed that the dolls from these makers (I have some from all of them) seem to be more valuable if they have an intricate diorama such as this one has.

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    1. Manikin Manikin, 10 years ago
      Very nice ! Nistis is very rare and often mistaken for a Klumpe. They too come as all kinds of characters. There are minor differences in them from Klumpe and Roldan . Because they seldom have tags still on them often mistaken for Klumpe . I would think much more valuable to a collector ot this type doll because of supply and demand . These are found less frequently . I love the characters by all three of the makers esp the nurse and Dr set :- ) Thanks for sharing your dolls !
    2. COVintage, 10 years ago
      I just love these dolls. My mother, who is quite elderly had them poorly stored for many years, so unfortunately some of them are quite moth eaten. I do have quite a few from Roldan and Klumpe as well and some also have tags on them. This particular one here (I think it is actually a spinning wheel versus a loom!) is in good shape. I plan to add to my collection and get some sort of nice wall mounted curio cabinet to enjoy them. Do you have any yourself? I would love to network with other collectors of these dolls.
    3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 10 years ago
      I didn't remember them at all!!! I know at some point I used to play with one of them... probably bought as a souvenir or because one of my elder siblings' whim :) I sort of remember the poor thing ended up in pieces.

      When i was a kid in the 70s, you could find these felt toys almost in every house... all covered in dust for years :)

      I've been searching the net and the bad news is they are not of high economical value, the good news is that I've found a lot of them for sale generaly for something between 12 and 20 euros (i guess they're looking at them as old trashy toys... sad).

      Ah, there were a lot of felt dolls manufacturers, such as Barval and Artesanias Bartolomé, althugh they may not be as nice as Nistis. I guess they all were very small factories, even family businesses.

      If anyone's interested in purchasing them you can see them here: and here
    4. Manikin Manikin, 10 years ago
      Here is a blog that you could join and share them with . I have had a few but none at moment :-)
    5. Manikin Manikin, 10 years ago
      @ Austro Thanks for all the info on them . COvintage Austro is in Spain and would know these companies . The one's I like the most sell higher than I want to pay but they are very affordable dolls to collect in today's market if you enjoy them . Like austro said they do not bring a high value again supply and demand . Austo to bad you still don't have your's . There are people that just collect these dolls ,which I would have called tourist dolls but unique . I am waiting for a good deal on Nurse and Dr set :-)
    6. COVintage, 10 years ago
      So far from what I am seeing some of these figurines are worth quite a bit (relatively speaking of course!) I am pretty sure this woman weaving is worth at least $100. But again, I'm not selling them!

      Does anyone know of a doll doc that can mend these? I corresponded with a woman this past week and her fee to fix one was absurdly high - probably 3x the value of the actual doll!
    7. COVintage, 10 years ago
      Hi Austro - Thanks for the info. Yes - we just played with them as kids and I didn't think anything of it. When my mom moved into assisted living I remembered them and discovered that she had kept them in a box outside in a shed. There they became musty smelling and some moth eaten. I think they are sort of amusing and plan on collecting more. I like the whimsy involved with some of them. Apparently, from an article I read they made them into the 1960's but the quality was not the same at that point.
    8. Manikin Manikin, 10 years ago
      They would have to replace felt to repair and would far exceed price of doll. I would only do it IF the doll was very special to me and had no interest in value since repaired would not increase value but would look nicer for display . I worked with a doll hospital and the dolls we repaired were usually family heirlooms as it is not cheap and a lot of work . We did not repair these types of dolls .
    9. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 10 years ago
      To be honest I hadn't even thought of these for years!!! Cannot tell if there are people collecting them but my guess is that they may be more loved and seeked abroad than in Spain.

      Who knows where ours would be or if there is any remaining of it somewhere... My mother would probably get rid of it alongside a lot of broken toys (we were quite good at breaking them... shame!)
    10. COVintage, 10 years ago
      Thanks Manikin. I think I will not go for repairing them just for the reasons you spoke of. They aren't my favorite dolls in this collection and I fear the repairs would be far too pricey. Thank you though!
    11. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 10 years ago
      By the way, I just checked out the links and they don't work properly... so to find them just go to (a quite trashy Spanish version of ebay) ans then do a search on the names of the brands (klumpe, nistis, Roldán) or "muñeco fieltro".

      There is an English version of it but there are almost no stuff listed on it,, although it can be useful to sign up and then I think the same name and password is valid for the Spanish todocoleccion...
    12. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 10 years ago
      oh, and just ask them if they send abroad before buying! Some sellers accept offers!

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