My grandparents were avid doll collectors. I have acquired some of their collection. I am at a loss as to how much one particular set of dolls is worth.
I am a librarian and have exhausted all of the resources at my 18-branch system and I have attempted my searches using MEL, a system that searches all participating Michigan libraries for items. I have also tried or Antiques database to no avail.
I spoke with a woman at Danbury Mint today who told me that this set of dolls is called "World's Bride Dolls" and was purchased by my Grandpa for $661.50. He received the dolls between 1986 and 1988. There are 21. They are porcelain with dresses that depict the traditional wedding attire of the given country. (Or what Danbury Mint decided was traditional for that country in '86). They are about 10" tall.
Basically, I am interested in selling them and I want to get a good price for them if they are worth it.
is Hannah of Israel. Her stand is marked with permanent marker in my grandfather's handwriting, "Israel Aug 24 '87 Hannah
All the dolls are in their original boxes and their original shipping boxes. All are likewise marked on their stands with their names and the date of acquisition. Some (Isabella of Mexico
) have an added cardboard support in their boxes.
So, I'm guessing it's a long shot but I am looking for advice.
1.) Any doll experts out there know what these might be worth today?
2.) Should I try to sell them on eBay?
3.) If so, what would be a good starting price? (Or BIN).
4.) Since there are 21 of them, how on earth would I ship them?