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Apr 242014
 
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With the exception of the basic chemise which came on a doll, the other outfits on this page were all sold separately. Elise also had some coats which came on a dressed doll as part of a complete outfit. Check the Day Dresses and Formal Wear pages.

Please note: The number at the end of the description refers to the source where a photo of the outfit may be found. See legend at bottom of page.

Underwear & Sleepwear

#1600 – 1957 – Basic outfit of lace chemise with straps, ribbon flowers at bodice and at legs; nylon hose; mules trimmed with lace and flowers; drop pearl earrings.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls
#? – 1958 – Pink robe with wide white lace ruffle at neck. Long sleeves gathered at wrists with lace trim.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#? – 1959 – Petticoat and panties. B&W drawing in #4

#17-25 – 1959 – Sleeveless crepe nightgown with lace bodice. Matches Cissy outfit #22-25. B&W in #1

#17-26 – 1959 – Long-sleeved lace negligee. Matches Cissy outfit #22-26. B&W in #1

#18-25 – 1961 – Double-layered nylon nightgown trimmed in lace; lace bed jacket with ribbon ties. B&W in #1

Outerwear & Accessories

In addition to these
#? – 1958 – White faux fur coat with taffeta lining; matching hood and muff.

#? – 1959 – Wool coat and hat in coral or royal blue with flower accents. B&W drawing in #4

#17-1 – 1959 – Elastic-strap sandals, sold extra. B&W in #1

#17-2 – 1959 – Sling-back sandals decorated with lace and flowers. B&W in #1

#17-10 – 1959 – Flower-trimmed straw hat. B&W in #1

#17-50 – 1959 – Orlon coat with pointed collar, cuffs, flower at neckline; matching hat. Matches Cissy outfit #22-50. B&W in #1

#? – Year? – Black and white houndstooth check swing coat with white collar, red bow at neck. Red hat with black velvet ribbon.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.



Sources for this page include:

  1. “Madame Alexander Catalog Reprints 1942-1962, Vol. 1″ published by Barbara Jo McKeon
  2. “Madame Alexander’s Ladies of Fashion” by Marjorie Sturges Uhl
  3. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls” by Patricia R. Smith
  4. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls: Second Series” by Patricia R. Smith
  5. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls Price Guide #23″ by Linda Crowsey
  6. “Madame Alexander ‘Little People’” by Marge Biggs
  7. “The Golden Age of American Dolls 1945-65″ by Cynthia Gaskill
  8. “Glamour Dolls of the 1950s and 1960s” by Polly and Pam Judd
  9. “American Dolls From The Post-War Era, 1945-1965″ by Florence Theriault
  10. “Patricia Smith’s Doll Values, Antique to Modern, Fifth Series”
  11. “Madame Alexander Catalog Reprints 1963-1972, Vol. 2″ published by Barbara Jo McKeon
  12. “Collector’s Encyclopedia of Madame Alexander Dolls, 1948-65″ by Linda Crowsey

Copyright 1997-2014 by Zendelle Bouchard.

Apr 232014
 
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Elise’s ballerina outfits can be tricky to identify because most of them are very similar with only small changes from year to year.

Please note: Alexander used the same stock numbers repeatedly. The number at the end of the description refers to the source where a photo of the outfit may be found. See legend at bottom of page.

#1635 – 1957 – Pale or deep pink or blue ballerina tutu with attached nylon tulle skirt, satin bodice decorated with flowers has satin ribbon shoulder straps that tie in back; circlet of flowers in hair; pink tights; satin ballet slippers. Some have skirt sprinkled with sequins.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls

#1712 – 1958 – Pink ballerina costume; same as #1635 of 1957.

#1725 – 1958 – Pink ballerina tutu has skirt of multiple layers of nylon tulle, attached satin bodice with ruff of pleated tulle around neckline and floral sash; floral headpiece; nylon tights; satin ballet slippers. B&W in #1, color in #7

#1810 – 1959 – Gold Ballerina outfit with attached full gold net skirt, neckline trimmed with sequins; gold sequined tiara; pink tights; gold ballet slippers; gold earrings. Matches Cissette outfit #713. Color in #2 and #12

#1720 – 1960 – Ballerina tutu of shell pink pleated nylon tulle with satin bodice, decorated with rosebuds and rhinestones; shoulders straps are of tulle and there is a tulle sash gathered at the waist; coronet of flowers; nylon tights; ballet slippers. B&W in #1

#1825 – 1961 – Ballerina tutu with multilayered tulle skirt and taffeta bodice trimmed with flowers; shoulder straps are of tulle; coronet of flowers; tights; ballet slippers. B&W in #1

#1740 – 1962 – Tulle ballerina tutu in blue, pink or white has bodice decorated with sequins, attached tulle skirt sprinkled with rosebuds; pink hose; pink ballet slippers; rhinestone earrings. The blue version has gold sequins with a matching sequined headband; white version has white sequins; pink version has pink sequins and a headband of rosebuds. Color (blue version) in #2 and #6

#1720 – 1963 – Pink or Blue ballerina costume of satin bodysuit; separate pleated tulle tutu skirt with tiny pink roses, blue satin ribbon waistband; headband of pink roses; pale pink tights and ballet slippers; tiny rhinestone earrings.
#? – Year? – Blue tutu has satin bodice, gathered tulle around the armholes but not the neckline; pleated tulle skirt; spray of pink rosebuds hangs from waist and pink rosebuds scattered on skirt; tights and ballet slippers. Sold as an extra outfit.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

Sources for this page include:

  1. “Madame Alexander Catalog Reprints 1942-1962, Vol. 1″ published by Barbara Jo McKeon
  2. “Madame Alexander’s Ladies of Fashion” by Marjorie Sturges Uhl
  3. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls” by Patricia R. Smith
  4. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls: Second Series” by Patricia R. Smith
  5. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls Price Guide #23″ by Linda Crowsey
  6. “Madame Alexander ‘Little People’” by Marge Biggs
  7. “The Golden Age of American Dolls 1945-65″ by Cynthia Gaskill
  8. “Glamour Dolls of the 1950s and 1960s” by Polly and Pam Judd
  9. “American Dolls From The Post-War Era, 1945-1965″ by Florence Theriault
  10. “Patricia Smith’s Doll Values, Antique to Modern, Fifth Series”
  11. “Madame Alexander Catalog Reprints 1963-1972, Vol. 2″ published by Barbara Jo McKeon
  12. “Collector’s Encyclopedia of Madame Alexander Dolls, 1948-65″ by Linda Crowsey



Copyright 1997-2014 by Zendelle Bouchard

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Mar 112014
 
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The first face of Elise, 1957-63.

Alexander’s Elise is the sometimes overlooked “middle sister” of their family of glamour dolls. Her sweet charm makes her a favorite of many collectors, however, and while she is most often found as a bride or ballerina, her day dresses and evening gowns are worth the search. Many of her outfits match Cissy and Cissette outfits. In 1958, Elise was sold as “Sweet 16″ in the FAO Schwarz catalog.

The second face of Elise, 1962-64.

Body Construction
The first version of her, manufactured from 1957 to 1963, is 16.5″ tall and hard plastic with vinyl arms. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and ankles. She has sleep eyes with brush lashes and a glued-on wig. In 1962, Elise grew to 17″ tall with a vinyl head, although the hard plastic version continued to be produced. In 1962 and ’63, some versions of Elise were made with the pouty Marybel head mold, also in vinyl (see photo below). Elise’s jointed ankles enable her to wear flats, high heels or ballet slippers.

The hard plastic Elise head and body molds were also used for other dolls, including redhead Maggie Mixup in 1961, and Queen Elizabeth II, Scarlett O’Hara and Renoir Portrait in 1963.

Elise disappeared from the catalog in 1965 and returned in 1966 in a redesigned version without the joints at her knees, elbows and ankles. Elise dolls have continued to be produced occasionally throughout the years since.

The third face of Elise, 1962-63.

Markings
Elise is marked “Alexander” on the back of her head, below the hairline, and “Mme. Alexander” on her back.

Clothing
Visit these pages for descriptions and photos of Elise’s clothing:

Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls



Copyright 1999-2014 by Zendelle Bouchard

Mar 102014
 
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If you look at the comments on this site and on my Facebook page, you will see that the number one question I get asked is “How much is my doll worth?”
For several years I have been doing my best to research the values of dolls that people ask about (no, I don’t know them off the top of my head!) but I no longer have the time to do it. So, in this post I give the step by step instructions, so you can do your own appraisals.

The only way to know the monetary value of a doll, or any object for that matter, is to find out what similar ones have sold for recently. And the best place to find out what a vintage item has sold for recently is on eBay.

Step 1: You need to identify your doll before you can look it up. If you already know who your doll is, proceed to Step 2. If you don’t know who she is, check the back of the head, or her back, to see if there is a manufacturer’s mark. In this site’s Main Index, you will find the most common doll manufacturers listed. If your doll is unmarked, or just marked with numbers, post a photo on my Facebook page and I will try to help you identify her.

Step 2: Once you know who she is, or some more information about her, you can proceed to find her value. Start in the Dolls section of eBay, where most vintage dolls will be listed. There are a few dolls which might be listed in a different section, for example an advertising doll such as Swiss Miss or Tony the Tiger might be located in the Collectibles: Advertising section instead. If you’re not sure, you can always start on the
eBay home page.

Step 3: If you’re starting on the Dolls page, you’ll see a menu on the left side of the screen, with categories such as Antique, Art Dolls, Baby Dolls, Barbie, etc. If you know the manufacturer of your doll, such as Ideal, Effanbee, or Madame Alexander, click where it says “By Brand, Company or Character” and on the next page there will be a menu to select from. If the manufacturer can’t be determined, but you know what material the doll is made from, select “By Material” instead, and on the next page you can choose from Composition, Vinyl, Hard Plastic, etc. If you select “By Type” you will find categories such as Kewpies, Trolls, Nesting Dolls and Celebrity Dolls.

If you know your doll’s manufacturer, click on “By Brand, Company or Character” to go to the next menu.

Step 4: Once you are in the right category, use the search box at the top of the page to enter your doll’s name, or the name of the manufacturer if there isn’t a separate category for them. If you don’t know her name or who made her, you can enter some descriptive terms, but try to keep it as general as possible to start with. If you enter “14 inch vinyl girl doll blonde hair blue eyes pink dress white shoes” you won’t get any results because that’s too specific. You can always narrow it down later if you get too many results.

In this example, I am searching for Whimsies dolls in the American Character category.

Then click on the Search button.


Step 5: Once you click on the “Search” button, the page of results you get will be of dolls that are currently for sale. Ignore these! The asking price for a doll has nothing whatsoever to do with its actual value. A doll is worth only what someone is willing to pay for it. And the way to find out what someone is willing to pay is to look at ones that have actually sold. On the left hand side of the screen (you might have to scroll down a little) under “Show Only,” click on “Sold listings” to get those results.

These are the current listings. The prices of the dolls are listed in bold black type.

On the left side of the page, click where it says “Sold Listings” to find dolls that have sold recently.

Step 6: If you get some results on the Sold Listings page, the next step is to compare those dolls with your doll. To get an accurate value, look for dolls that are in similar condition to yours. When you click on a Sold listing, you’ll get a page trying to show you things that are currently available for sale. Look for the link near the top of the page where it says “See original listing” in tiny print. There can be a huge difference in value between a doll in mint condition, and one that has been played with. Read the descriptions and look at the pictures. Whether a doll has its original clothing or not can also affect the value. If you got no results under “Sold Listings” go to the next step.

The prices of Sold Listings are always shown in green.

Step 7: If you got no results under “Sold Listings,” go back and select “Completed Listings” instead. This will show you items that have sold as well as items that did not sell. While there can be many reasons an item didn’t sell (seller has too many negative feedbacks, listing doesn’t give enough information, etc) the most common reason a doll doesn’t sell is because the price is too high. So that will tell you something as well. For example, if you find a Completed (but not Sold) Listing, for a doll offered at $50, in similar condition to your doll, you can be pretty certain yours is worth less than $50.

On the Completed Listings page, the dolls with prices in green are the ones that sold; ones with prices in red did not sell.

Additional tips: Many dolls were made in multiple sizes, and the size can greatly affect the value. For example, a 26″ composition Shirley Temple doll is worth a lot more than an 18″ one, because the 18″ size is much more common. Life size baby dolls tend to be worth more than smaller ones. Original clothing can sometimes be worth more than the doll itself. If you can’t find any sold examples of your exact doll, try to find something similar, made in the same time period. If you have a lot of dolls to research, it might be worth investing in a subscription to Worthopedia, a site that compiles sold listings of all types of antiques and collectibles from the past several years, from eBay as well as live auctions and other sites. If you have a doll that is less common, you are more likely to find sold examples there.

I hope this helps you to figure out a value for your doll. Leave a comment if you have a question about the process.

Copyright 2014 by Zendelle Bouchard