Armand marseilles doll with bisque face

Apr 09, 2020. 22:29 UTC
Armand Marseilles doll with bisque face
Elaine
United States of America

Category
Toys & dolls

Acquired from
Inherited

For sale
Yes
Description

Antique doll with lovely bisque face, glass eyes; 29" tall. composition body with ball joints; taffeta skirt on elaborate dress has disintegrated; undergarments, shoes in good condition.

Provenance

My father, who lived in Connecticut, collected antique dolls via mail order, in the 1940's. In inherited his collection.

Answered within 1 day
Apr 11, 12:17 UTC
By Sabrina Vinther

Fair Market Value

$225 - $400 USD

Insurance Value

$625 USD
What does this mean?

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.

It is a beautiful antique doll. Such antique toys are being offered at auction on a regular basis.
You doll was made in Germany in the late 1800s / early 1900s. It was made by a company called Armand Marseille who has made a large number of the antique dolls that are collected by doll collectors worldwide today. I believe that the doll may have an additional serial number in the back of the head ad the number 12 between the A and M is the size of the doll. What is most important is that the head is without any hairlines, cracks, chips or damages. From the photos it appears to be in good condition however it is important with a thorough examination of the dolls head. The clothes and shoes appears to be original and in very good condition. In particular the leather boots/shoes will please collectors and dealers.
However during the past decade the prices of antique dolls has decreased and there are not that many new buyers/collectors. Unfortunately this means that the prices have dropped compared to the prices for antique dolls 20-30 years ago.

I still believe that your Armand Marseille doll would attract the attention of both collectors and dealers if it came up for auction.
The estimate provided is for a well-advertised specialised online toys auction, where I believe the doll has the best chance of realising its fullest potential. However, there is no measurement for the sentimental value you might attach to your fathers collection of dolls. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and vary.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I’m happy to help.
Thank you

Elaine kirk Apr 11, 15:19 UTC

Can you suggest an auction or how I might go about finding one? Thank you for your above comments.

Sabrina vinther Apr 13, 05:32 UTC

Your item will be presented for several auction houses, but they tend only to be interested in items worth more than $1000.
I would recommend eBay for selling your doll because of the extended amount of buyers on the platform. 

Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I’m happy to help.

Elaine kirk Apr 13, 15:24 UTC

Thank you!

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