A pretty period doll is the perfect addition to any antique cabinet in Lancashire . On 8th December, there were no fewer than 117 to choose from in a unique on-site museum sale, in which more than 500 lots went under the gavel.
The sale took place at the Vina Cooke Museum of Bygone Childhood, which occupies four rooms of a family home at the Old Rectory, Cromwell, Nottinghamshire. Following Vina’s death last year, her husband made the sad decision to downsize to smaller premises, and build a new, smaller museum there. Besides dolls, the 545 lots included teddy bears, toys, games, vintage cots and prams, books, pictures, railwayana, costumes, textiles and other collectors’ items. This being a museum, there were plenty of items of furniture to display the exhibits, including glass-fronted antique cabinets, scaled-down Victorian dining chairs and a bamboo antique bookcase. The auctioneer also dropped the gavel on several lots of antique dolls house furniture and dolls houses.
The sale drew intense interest, both locally and from across the globe. While stacking dolls weren’t among the lots, the auction still drew attention from a Russian doll museum, while buyers in Chicago placed bids for authentic period outfits.
There are dealers in Lancashire and Cumbria specialising in vintage toys and dolls, whose prices are free of commission and other unforeseen fees. Antique dealers also have Victorian dining chairs and antique desks for Lancashire collectors to display their heirlooms on.
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