Kamkins dolls are one of the most sought after items an antique doll collector might want to have as part of their collection. Kamkins dolls were made by Louise R. Kampes in 1919 and were handcrafted until the early 1930s in her studio in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Mostly made of cloth, Louise created a technique that would make the faces sanitary using a mold on which layers of rubber were laid. By sanitary it means that it is designed to be easily cleaned. After that, the canvas was placed and before being vulcanized and then painted.
This special method was then patented on November 2, 1920 under patent number 1357779. The cotton bodies are then marked with heart-shaped red paper tags imprinted with “A Dolly Made to Love” patented by LR Kampes Atlantic City, NJ “Some of the dolls were also marked differently as they had a label printed on the back of the doll’s head or feet.
The full-sized Kamkins measured 18-19 inches and sported mohair wigs or even wigs made from human hair. The hair style was the Dutch cut and was used for male or female dolls, but there were also dolls with long hair available for female characters. The 19-inch (48cm) dolls were also equipped with a voice box or auctioneer on the back. The 18-inch version featured blue painted eyes and a blonde wig. The toes and thumbs were also sewn separately and the hip joints were sewn as well.
New wardrobes in different styles were also available each year. Kamkins doll accessories include shoes, sandals, wardrobes, hats and socks. These dolls are generally hard to find nowadays, and an interested Kamkins collector will be able to find dolls in good condition on online auction sites. A generally good 19-inch Kamkins doll from circa 1925 with a slight scratch mark on the nose can also fetch $ 950 at an online auction site.
For doll and antique collectors interested in starting a Kamkins doll collection, it is best to check online auction sites and even doll conventions to get dolls that are still in good condition. There is also a 6.5 inch tall miniature version of the Kamkins and you can buy a single doll for $ 499. But just to create expectations for those interested in buying one, most of the Kamkins dolls available for the sale are immediately sold due to their rarity.
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