The History of Dolls

The History of Dolls

Dolls are an interesting collectible and toy for both children and adults alike.  But have ever wondered about the history of dolls?

As expected, the earliest dolls were made with whatever raw material was lying around.  Bone, wood, clay, stone, ivory, and even leather were used to fashion doll figurines and soft dolls for children to play with.  The first dolls with movable limbs and removable clothing go as far back as 200 B.C.!  Dolls have been found in Roman graves of children made of clay, wood, and ivory.  Even then the ancient civilizations knew the strong connection children had with their favorite dolls!

The Industrial Era really began to modernize and perfect dolls as we know them.  In the 1800's, porcelain was used for the first time for the heads, creating somewhat lifelike recreations of people. Combined with a body made of leather, cloth, or wood, these dolls began to be mass produced in the great industrial expansion of the 19th century.

The 20th century saw doll materials move to plastic and polymer enabling even greater manufacturing efficiencies and capabilities as well as lowered costs.  Rubber began to be used in greater quantities before finally moving to vinyl which is what dolls we know and love are made from today.

Collectors flock to older dolls and some porcelain dolls from the 1800's can fetch over $20,000!  Not bad for a doll people back then were making with whatever available materials they could find.

We don't know what Starpath Dolls may be worth some day but we do believe in high quality materials and expert craftsmanship.  Our 18.5" dolls are made with a soft-cloth body and vinyl posable limbs.  They are crafted for years of enjoyable play time or for the collector who values a well made product.

Thanks for walking down this memory lane with us!  Here's to the next 2,000 years of doll making!

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