Learn all about antique dolls with this video of a presentation and discussion held in the Cape Ann Museum Activities Center that featured Betty Nett, who was a curator of dolls and toys at the Wenham Museum with approximately thirty years of experience in the field. Her lecture includes a brief history of dolls from the 1700s to the 1930s that highlights the design, materials, and characteristics unique to each time period. The examples she shows from the Cape Ann Museum’s collection to illustrate many of these features represent both American and European dolls from the 19th and 20th centuries. She also explains how to distinguish the manufacturer of a doll and resources for identifying dolls without maker’s marks. She ends her lecture by speaking briefly about the factors that affect the monetary value of antique dolls and offers tips and recommendations for restoration and care.
Antique dolls; Twin Pines of Maine; Betty Nett; Yester-Dolls; Ursula R. Mertz; Dolls Part Supply Co.