Camelot Collectible dolls, popular in the 1990's, but no longer in production, were sold exclusively for the QVC shopping network. Not designed for children, these dolls varied in height from 4 inches to 22 inches. Each doll came with a stand, storage box, certificate of authenticity and statement indicating the number of copies made. The manufacturers produced a limited number of each doll. One doll was produced 2,500 times while another was reproduced 10,000 times.
Types of Dolls
Dolls ranged from 4-inch baby dolls to Indian dolls as tall as 20 inches. Boys and girls from different cultures, backgrounds and social classes were represented in a wide variety of clothing and accessories. An American Indian doll had long black braided hair, a faux suede costume and moccasins with beaded accessories. Each doll received a name indicative of its theme. An African-centered doll was called Jamia and was dressed in traditional garb with appropriate jewelry from African ancestry. Other names such as Peter, Rachel, Katherine, Candice, Hanna and Alicia represented themes such as Victorian, rural and Southern Belle.
Dolls were constructed from more than one type of material. The company used porcelain, vinyl or wood for the head, arms and legs (below the knees) and used firmly packed cloth for the torso which usually allowed the doll to bend at the knee. The craftsmen embedded glass eyes of various colors (except for the wooden dolls) into the head and included movable eyelids and lashes. Artists painted eyes onto the wooden dolls. Great attention to intricate face, arm, elbow, and leg features such as laugh, crinkle, and bend lines delicately painted onto the doll added to their charm.
An array of fabrics clothed these dolls from pink satin, midnight blue velvet, and white lace on the gowns, to dark brown corduroy jeans, and multicolored broadcloth shirts. Artisans handmade the color-coordinated outfits.
Every doll came with a set of accessories. One wooden girl had a wooden cat; one belle of the ball had a little hat with lace; the Daniel boy doll had a straw hat; little Molly had a broach, ribbons, flowers antique white boots and blue tie bows; Gigi, a wooden doll, had a pink satin bow, straw hat and a toy duck.
As of March 2010, the prices of these dolls ranged from $2.50 to $45 depending on the condition of the doll and availability. Doll dealers and websites declared sell Camelot Collectible dolls in mint condition, and many of the dolls are available in their original boxes.
- Photo Credit Porcelain doll image by ta_samaya from Fotolia.com
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