The Austin Doll Collectors Society is an organization of antique, vintage, and modern doll collectors, dealers, and artisans. We meet on the first Monday of each month and our meetings are fun and educational. We begin with refreshments and socializing, and, following our brief business meeting, there is a special doll-related program and "show and tell." The Austin Doll Collectors Society is a nonprofit organization and is a member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April 7, 2014, Meeting

This month was the club's annual swap meet.  Members brought a wide variety of offerings to sell or trade.

Some dolls were nearly mint. . . .

and some were more "fixer-uppers."

Kathy Meador brought a variety of genuine children's cowboy boots.  The boots will be the centerpieces for the luncheon the club is sponsoring at the upcoming United Federation of Doll Clubs convention near San Antonio.  Members were asked to take a pair and, using fabric blossoms, create a bouquet of Texas wildflowers in one boot.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

March 3, 2014, Meeting

The refreshment table was garlanded with the green in honor of Saint Patrick's Day.

Rebecca Richards did a program on the history of composition dolls, with many examples from her collection.

Other members brought examples of composition dolls as well.

Jennell Howell told the club about this rare doll representing Wingy Plenty from the Dick Tracy comic strip.

Some members brought dolls to share for show and tell.

President Pam Wolf told the club about her series of mystery novels.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

February 3, 2014, Meeting

In keeping with the month of February, refreshments reflected the upcoming holidays of Valentine's Day. . .

and Mardi Gras, complete with a King Cake.

The program was a talk by Joe Jones of Jones Publishing, Inc., the home of "Dolls" and "Teddy Bear & Friends" magazines.  He discussed the current state of doll collecting and speciality collector magazines, and predicted an upturn as the economy improves.  His wife and Jones Publishing co-founder, Maggie, was also a guest.

Joe and Maggie generously provided free copies of their magazines to members.

After the program, the members posed with our honored guest.

After the program, during Show and Tell, Elaine Jackson discussed her doll, "Miss Hickory," and the children's book that inspired her creation.

Other members also shared recent doll discoveries.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Video of 2014 KLRU Appraisal Fair

As an update to the January 28, 2014, posting about club members participating as appraisers in Austin's local PBS station's own mini-Antiques Roadshow, there is now a short video showing some of the highlights of the appraisal fair, including a few glimpses of some of the dolls, as well as the members.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

KLRU's Own Austin Antiques Roadshow

On January 11, 2014, Austin's local PBS station, KLRU, sponsored a mini-version of the popular Antiques Roadshow for local donors.

Members Jenell Howell, Elaine Jackson, and Sharon Weintraub volunteered as appraisers at the Doll and Toy Table.

The day was full of unusual finds and treasures.  This child's folding rocking chair was made by the Collignon Brothers, who invented the first folding rocking chair in 1868. The story goes that one of the brothers, watching pioneers trying to pack bulky rocking chairs in their wagons, was inspired to invent a chair that could be folded for easy moving.  The factory flourished for decades, producing all sorts of folding chairs.

Elaine and Jenell examine an unusual quartet of cloth dolls.  The doll's owner said that she had been told that when her mother was 10-years-old and bedridden with diphtheria, a neighbor woman made the dolls and gave them to her mother.

Instead, the owner was thrilled to learn that the dolls, representing the "Little Women" of Louisa May Alcott's popular book, were in fact the creations of early doll artist, Frances Elinor Diecks.  She married famed French doll artist, Bernard Ravca in 1943, so these dolls are prior to her marriage.  The four dolls are beautifully made and are in wonderful condition.  Each had a paper label under her skirt with her name and Diecks' signature.  These dolls are not common, and finding all four together is a true treasure!

Lights, camera, action!

Two women brought in several delightful dolls from their mother's collection. Here Jenell examines a sweet little Simon and Halbig child. . . .

and her sister, by Schoenau and Hoffmeister.

Another Simon and Halbig, this time all original, from the bow in her hair to her fancy shoes.

As you can see from our appraisers' faces, it was a day of fun and finds!