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, March 28, 2017

Still Here. . . .

Charming short video by University of Texas journalism students Dani Matias and Ashley Tsao featuring two members of our club, Sylvia McDonald and Jenell Howell, talking about doll collecting and restoration.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

March 6, 2017, Meeting

 In honor of the upcoming St. Patrick's day, the theme of the refreshment table was appropriately green.

Member Sharon Weintraub did a program on cat dolls, antique to modern.  This is an early all-bisque toy.

These widely-grinning cats were made in Germany by Gebruder Heubach in the 1910s.

A collection of cats by the German maker Hertwig and Company.  The all-bisque cats wear their original crocheted clothing, while the pussy cat in pink has a cloth body.

Two tiny cats by Carl Horn, created by covering a miniature all-bisque doll in crochet.  The kitty in the cape is Puss in Boots.

This is Felix the Cat made in wood by Schoenhut.  Schoenhut received the patent for Felix, which it produced in a variety of sizes, in 1925.

This is Tag, an all-bisque character doll designed by American artist Georgene Averill in 1927.

Both of these cats are modern BJD anthro dolls. The cat wearing her original black pinafore is Persi, part of a Zuzu Delf series of anthropomorphic dolls by Luts, a South Korean manufacturer. She dates from 2007. The tabby cat is Scratch was created by American doll artist Sarah Seiter in 2012.

This is a limited edition Steiff creation. She is the Pussy Cat Croupier from the company’s 2015 Casino Royale series.

Although they look like antiques, these two cats are modern fantasy pieces cobbled together out of old parts dug up around the sites of old porcelain factories in Germany.   Sadly, such dolls are often misrepresented by shady sellers as rare antiques and sometimes sell for hundreds of dollars! 

Other members also brought cat dolls to share.  This doll, part of the popular Monster High series, belongs to Jenell Howell.

More cat dolls from Jenell.  The larger is an anthro BJD from Pipos and Jenell made the tiny cloth kitty.

This is Madame Alexander Cowardly Lion belongs to member Nancy Countryman.