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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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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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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: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,248,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This is a BEAUTIFUL, hard-back, glossy cover book with excellent photos and descriptions of composition dolls. I had collected dolls for many years and had some antique dolls that I was unable to identify until I got this book. It gave me the manufacturer, a photo of the doll, its history and helped me immensely when I had to downsize my collection and sell it on E-Bay. Using information from this book, I was a confident in my selling endeavor, knowing I was using an accurate description and history of the doll. I found information in this book that I could not find any other place. After all my dolls sold, I even re-sold this book and it had great re-sale interest!
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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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I bought this book and also the companion and they both are just incredible reference guides. the information is listed by manufacturer and easy to find. there is some reference for all prominent companies and just invaluable information.
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I am so glad that I bought this book! I had missed buying it at a local book store, and was fortunate to find it again at Amazon. Great photos and information for those interested in composition dolls! I luv it!
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The Collector's Encyclopedia of American Composition Dolls 1900-1950 Vol. II has been a wonderful reference as I try to identify some old composition dolls that I inherited. The write-ups about the different manufacturers are very informative and the pictures are very clear and show a lot of detail. Even though I have not identified all of the dolls that I have been researching, I have been able to identify some dolls that I would like to add to my collection.
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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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