Tips and Tricks on Doll Cleaning & Preservation
This is a pretty lengthy newsletter this month, but contains valuable information for doll collectors. In this newsletter, we explain tips and tricks to the care and preservation of your doll depending on which kind you have.
With porcelain, the decorations are usually fired on, so it would be unlikely that that you would hurt them by cleaning. Use warm soapy water. If this doesn’t work good enough, try a wet eraser to remove marks. As a last resort, very, very gently clean with a low abrasive cleaner such as Tilex or Soft Scrub. Use caution because some cleansers have bleaching agents that could be devastating to antique clothing, wigs or bodies. Ultra violet rays can be very damaging to porcelain dolls, so when you are displaying your doll, avoid direct sunlight.
Prior to World War I, Germany was known as “the” ceramic industry. From World War I up to World War II, there were alot of economic and physical influences that changed the production and manufacturing capacity in Germany.
After World War II ended, the beer stein production in Germany was back. Most of the steins that were made after World War II were reproductions of earlier designs using the same molds. But it was also during this time that two new types of steins were born. They were Regimental and souvenir.
Charlot Byj started out by creating her famous redheaded children and others as greeting cards. This brought her to the attention of Franz Goebel of the Goebel Company in the mid 1940s. At Goebel they turned her artwork into three dimensional figurines just as they had done with the Hummel figurines. Today, they are sought after by collectors around the world.
I’m sure you’ve all seen it, you look at the bottom of a stein or German made product and it says “Made in Germany”. You think you’ve acquired an item that was made in Germany. Right? Not necessarily so!
Whether you are aware of it or not, there are some German manufacturers that actually have their steins manufactured in China! They are then shipped back to Germany where the relief decoration, pewter lids, etc. are applied and before the items are put on the shelf, they are labeled “Made in Germany”.
German beer – let’s admit, it’s one of the finest tasting beers you can drink. German breweries are pretty secretive about their “how tos”. They all seem to claim it’s in the water. Surely, there’s some truth to that, but what really gives the beer it’s great flavor is the hops which is traded as seriously as grapes for wine makers.
Most German beers are winners, because all are vegan (no animal products are used). Bavarian purity laws limit them to four ingredients only: water, grain, hops and yeast. Real German beer is also not pasteurized as many American beers are, which allows for being able to taste the beer’s real flavor.
Did you know that doll collecting is rated as the second
biggest collectible hobby in the United States?
With all the different doll manufacturers there are today, it can sometimes get confusing on what kind of doll is best to buy. Besides having to determine which manufacturer is the best one to go with, you then need to figure out which kind of doll is suited best for the purpose. Do you want a hand crafted doll, Artist doll, play doll, designer doll, licensed doll? It can get confusing.
For over five thousand years now, incense, just like gold, spices and gems have always been some of the most precious gifts that were given to kings and emperors. It has also been closely connected with religion. In fact, the bible mentions the Three Wise Men offering gold, frankincense and myrrh. The festivity of the Three Wise Men is still celebrated in Germany every year on January 6th.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It’s been celebrated for centuries and is known world wide. However, many people still do not understand what Fasching is in Germany.
Fasching is Germany’s carnival season. It starts on the 11th day of November at exactly 11minutes after 11am and ends at the stroke of midnight on Shroud Tuesday – often referred to as Fat Tuesday (the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday). Fasching is more or less a Roman Catholic and Christian Orthodox celebration and most Protestant and non-Christian areas do not celebrate it.
In Germany, taking the train or bus is a very common method of travel. There are trains everywhere and when I was in Germany this was how I got around. But for those that want to drive a vehicle here are some tips and advice – especially if you want to check out the autobahn.
Salzburg, Austria is a very popular destination for many people. The city has a unique baroque feel to it and a storybook atmosphere. It is a small city consisting of only 150,000 residents and is located in the Western part of Austria. It’s a close knit city and on foot you are never more than 20 minutes away from anything. With more than 4000 festivals a year, it’s hard to miss an event while visiting.
Aside from the beautiful scenery, Salzburg is also popular for its strong music tradition. Wolfgang Mozart was born in this city in 1756 and almost everywhere you go you will see tributes to Mozart and his music.