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September 12, 2008

Porcelain is Timeless

Dolls can be made from many types of materials. Artists and manufacturers make dolls from wood, clay, resin, vinyl, silicone, porcelain, and cloth. I love dolls of all types, but I prefer porcelain dolls. For me, these dolls represent the finest quality of doll.

A fine quality doll is a doll that can be an heirloom. Porcelain does not stain, tarnish, or disintegrate over time. While wigs or clothing might have to be replaced in five generations, a collector should not have to replace the doll's eyes (if painted or made from glass/silicone) or reapply the china paint.

Of course, if a collector would like his or her doll collection to last for generations, the collector will have to store and display the dolls properly. *

Here are some tips I have learned:

  • Dolls should not be displayed in direct sunlight. While this does not harm the porcelain, it will fade the doll's clothing and damage the doll's hair.
  • Dolls should be dusted regularly. Keeping a doll in a display case can help reduce the amount of dust and dirt that can accumulate over time.
  • A doll should not be displayed where it can be tossed about or knocked down.
  • If in storage, the doll should be kept in a clean, dry area that does not experience drastic temperature changes. Also, the doll should be in a sealed container that will keep insects and other creatures away from the doll.
  • Porcelain dolls are meant to be held and cared for. They are not untouchable, as long as they are placed in gentle hands.

* Vinyl has not been in use long enough to know if it will last for more than 100 years.