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The effect has been a leveling off of prices, especially for the most common dolls.
Whether talking about a hard to find doll or a more commonly found one, dolls in their original, best possible condition will retain the most value over time. Learning what a Skookum doll should look like and familiarizing yourself with materials used in their production will help you to make good choices.
Pair of Large Skookum Dolls, Circa , Native American | eBay
Reputable dealers who are knowledgeable about Skookum dolls should be able to provide you with information when you are purchasing a doll. Educating yourself is the best way to insure that you are buying good, honest dolls. Experience and hands on examination of dolls are the best teachers ever. Study dolls you own as well as ones you see in the marketplace. Note similarities in construction and design details.
Below is a list that can be used a reference guide to rate condition of a Skookum doll. Mint in Box MIB: The Skookum is in the same condition as the day it was made. All original and in pristine condition with no wear. Complete, original details, including the original box.
A MIB mint-in-box Skookum doll in pristine condition.
The Skookum is in near mint condition with very minimal wear, no losses or damage. The Skookum exhibits some minor, light wear, no losses or damage. The Skookum exhibits slightly more wear and has no notable losses or damage.
Rare 1920s to Early '30s Skookum Doll
The Skookum exhibits wear and major damage, repairable or not. No discussion of value and condition would be complete without mentioning repair and restoration. Some wonderful Skookum dolls have suffered damage over the course of time. They are, after all, playthings! Undoubtedly there is room in a collection for dolls that have been repaired, or are in need of repair. Prices for these dolls should reflect the damage or wear.
It can be quite satisfying to restore a doll to its former appearance, especially a larger or hard to find doll.
Buying less than perfect dolls can be a way to add dolls to your collection that otherwise may not fit into your budget. Any repairs made to a Skookum should be noted by the seller and be well done, preserving the integrity of the doll.
Repairs should also be in keeping with the original style of the doll, using vintage materials when possible. These repairs might include restoration to a composition mask, restringing beads, light surface cleaning of the clothing, and general neatening.
These early Skookum dolls are in poor condition. There has been a recent trend, most notably on Internet auctions, of dolls being sold that can be referred to most easily as fantasy items. These are dolls that have been altered by creating and adding elements that were never part of the original doll.
They were factory made dolls from the 's - 's that resembled Native American people and were usually sold in tourist spots. Skookum dolls came in a variety of sizes and styles to represent various tribes, customs and dress.
From 2" souvenir mailers to 3 foot store displays. Skookums don't have arms but were wrapped with Indian style folded blankets so that it looked like they had folded arms.Our Indian porcelain dolls
Some had jewelry like earrings or bead necklaces, papooses, hair ties, cigarettes, headbands, kerchiefs, feathered headdresses and more. They will usually have the words "Skookum" stamped on the bottom of the plastic shoes or come with a tag that says "Skookum".
Most Skookum dolls were made so they look to the right. Some look to the left but are pretty rare and hard to find. We use shipping companies that are well regarded in the antiques industry, and experienced in packing and insuring high-end goods. While we are happy to provide international shipping quotes, the final arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the buyer.
Please keep in mind that even if an item is restored or in very good condition, it is years old and may have minor flaws, blemishes and very light surface imperfections. About Us Objects20c, the ground floor of our 8, square foot modern antiques gallery, showcases the finest mid-century modern furnishings and decorative arts. We specialize in what is sometimes referred to as Eames Era Furniture.