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Collector's Encyclopedia of American Composition Dolls 1900 - 1950, Vol. 2: Identification and Values Hardcover – Illustrated, May 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Collector's Encyclopedia of American Composition Dolls (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Collector Books (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574323784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574323788
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book makes American composition dolls more accessible and enjoyable for collectors and researchers, providing more in-depth, verified information. Wherever relevant, explanatory comments and references are listed with each individual doll. Modern Collectible Dolls IV

About the Author

Ursula Mertz had been a doll collector since 1975, and composition dolls had become a full-time commitment. From 1976 to 1986 she had a repair business, specializing in parts restorations of compoition and other painted surface dolls. She had written numerous articles for major doll publications. She has since passed away.

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This is book will stay in your library and pass on to the next generation.
Julie Nye
The write-ups about the different manufacturers are very informative and the pictures are very clear and show a lot of detail.
L. Hales
This is a 'must have' book for the collector of American composition dolls.
B. Graupmann

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. Graupmann on September 29, 2004
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This is a 'must have' book for the collector of American composition dolls. It is well researched and showcases many smaller companies that produced dolls as beautiful, and desirable, as the larger ,better known manufacturers. The addition of actual advertisements from trade magazines, touting 'uniqueness' and sales potential for particular dolls, is both interesting and education to the serious collector as well as the novice. The histories of the lesser known companies ,no matter how short, are enlightening since many of them I knew nothing about. This volume is as beautifully photographed as the first; Ms. Mertz took no shortcuts on quality. Both volumes I & II are well worth their price.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Jensen on July 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ursula Mertz has done it again! Her first volume of the COLLECTOR'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN COMPOSITION DOLLS set the standard for compo doll reference books. Now her Vol. 2 -- all new information and photos -- has been published and it more than lives up to the quality of its now out-of-print predecessor. For anyone who enjoys the composition dolls of the first half century of the 20th Century, this book is a "must buy!"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JAN on March 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The photographs in this book are outstanding and very helpful when trying to identify a doll. Ms. Mertz has outdone herself in the information she provides in this book. I especially like the closeup photos of the dolls' heads because it is so helpful when trying to identify unmarked dolls without original clothing. This book is a joy to read, and I have kept it on my chair side table in close reach so that I can enjoy it every time I sit down for a break.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cookin in my on May 30, 2009
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I own both Volumes I and II. I love looking at the colorful photos to ID dolls and even see what clothing they originally wore. These hard cover books are a wonderful addition to any Composition doll collectors book shelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Nye on October 3, 2008
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This book is excellent for all doll collector's Filled with pictures to help identify faces. This is book will stay in your library and pass on to the next generation.
You will be glad you bought it
Julie Nye
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Burgess on October 24, 2008
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Very informative on what composition dolls are all about. The list of doll makers was also very descriptive with excellent photography to help determine the type of doll you are looking up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JHawk on June 27, 2007
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Excellent book-Well organized by years, showing top quality photos of American compo. dolls. Highly recommend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Olivia Neece on February 10, 2012
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This is a very nice book for collectors of American composition dolls. Most books cover this area in less detail.
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