The founder, Beatrice Alexander,
began producing her famous Madame
Alexander dolls in 1923, having developed an interest in dolls at
a young age in her father’s doll shop and doll hospital. Although the
dolls were originally created for children, they are now an American
tradition collected and adored by people of all ages. The dolls are
inspired by celebrities, fictional characters such as Little Women,
Scarlett O’Hara and Alice in Wonderland, and various literary characters
from Charles Dickens’ novels. These exquisite, top quality dolls are
prized for their delicate features, large eyes, and intricate costumes.
They are definitely one of the best collectible dolls available today.
The very first Madame Alexander
dolls had flat cloth faces on which the features were hand-painted.
Although these dolls remained popular, production of composition dolls
began in the 1930s. Beatrice Alexander is as famous for her stunningly
detailed costumes as she is for her dolls. The same face and body are
used for both male and female dolls which makes them very unique. Following
the end of World War II, Madame Alexander was one of the first companies
to make plastic dolls. In the 1950s, Madame Alexander was presented
with the prestigious Fashion Academy Gold Medal for excellence in costuming.
Several of the Madame Alexander dolls continued to be produced for over
40 years with minimal changes.
If you are considering buying
Madame Alexander dolls,
the condition of the doll must be carefully assessed. A doll that is
not attired in the original costume, shows significant wear or is stained
would be less valuable. The value of the doll would also be affected
by the popularity, rarity or age of the particular doll. As most doll
collectors want dolls that are in their original condition, you may
be surprised to know that restoration can actually reduce a doll’s value.
Madame Alexander also produces
an extremely popular line of baby dolls, the most well-known being Madame
Alexander Huggums dolls which have soft hands and feet. These appealing
babies are just the right size to be held by small hands but still have
the beautiful costumes and attention to detail for which this premium
doll manufacturer is famous.
Another interesting fact
is that many of today’s Madame
Alexander dolls are still created in the same New York City factory
used by Beatrice Alexander. Unfortunately, Beatrice Alexander passed
away in 1990, but her legendary dolls continue to be produced by the
company she founded. They epitomize the highest possible standard in
collectible dolls and they are treasured by thousands of collectors
and children of all ages. The Alexander Doll Company is the only remaining
major manufacturer of hand-crafted dolls in North America.
For an excellent selection
of these wonderful dolls, visit Madame