I have had a doll collection since before I knew I had one. My mom started it for me when I was young and it was added to over the years.
She had a few military friends who would send authentic dolls when they were stationed overseas. Plus she picked some up in early travels to Mexico and Hawaii. My grandparents got me a couple when they visited the Holy Lands in the '70s.
As an adult I've added very little to it. The five large porcelain Hummels I've added are the ones from mail-order and they are supposed to be limited edition. I just got them because I liked them, I doubt they have any significant value, and I got them before kids. The one on the far right is actually a plastic Hummel goose girl from Germany that my mom had her friend Pat get me.
Hubby and I also purchased the little miniature painted bronze Hummels. They are somewhere around 3/4 to 1 inch tall. I'm too lazy to get a ruler out just to tell you.
I took this picture right before we packed the boxes in Virginia over a year ago, but my collection hasn't changed so I just used the same pictures. Since we were short on space there, a lot of extra trinkets found their way inside the doll cabinet. You might have noticed them in the pictures. If you didn't, please don't go back and look, and if you did, pretend you didn't.
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