China Head dolls made in massive quantities

Published: Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 10:54 a.m.

Q: I am sending some pictures of my mother's doll. She got it in 1904, when she was 5 years old. It has the original petticoat and pantaloons, but the dress and apron have been replaced in the same style and color as the original. Her body is cloth. The arms, legs and head are porcelain. There is a blue ribbon around the top of each leg that is made in the porcelain. She is 15 inches tall. There is no damage to her body and the porcelain is not checked. Can you tell me anything about the doll and her value?


This China Head doll was made in Germany during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (Courtesy of John Sikorski)

D., Internet

A: Your antique doll was made in Germany. They are called China Head dolls by collectors and have been a category of collecting for a long time. They were produced in massive quantities during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. China Head doll prices are currently down from what they were in the 1990s. Current potential dollar value for your doll is in the $100 range, sentimental value is priceless. Be sure to write the doll's story with names and dates on acid-free paper with pencil for posterity. For more specific information, contact doll aficionado Sherry Minton at 407-293-3164.


Q: My wife has been badgering me for years to send you photos of these two paintings. She thinks she is sitting on a gold mine, and perhaps she is. Please look over the attached photos. The large painting on hardboard is 31 inches wide by 23 inches high. The small painting on canvas is 19.5 inches wide by 23.5 inches high.

M.A. & R.H., Silver Springs

A: Sorry to say there is no gold mine to sit on here. I was not able to find any track record on the artist William L. Watt, the signer of your two landscape paintings. This means there is no value added for the artist. In the decorative "hang on the wall" picture category they might sell in the $100 range each, short of good luck.


Q: I read with interest your article published June 21, 2011, in the Ocala newspaper regarding antique cash registers. In 1981, while residing in Montevideo, Uruguay, I purchased an NCR cash register with the serial number "1156876" and model number "572-4F." The serial number indicates it was manufactured between 1912 and 1913.

It sits on, and is connected to, four drawers, A,B,D,E, encased in an elaborate oak wood cabinet with four other manually opened drawers. It has a brass-looking finish, and was used for many years as a working device in a pharmacy in Montevideo. The wood finish is close to "mint" condition as is the brass plating, although there are a few signs of age and use.

It is in need of some mechanical repair and/or "tune up," and I am wondering if you know anybody in the northern Florida area who might be able to help me with this repair.

J.S., Gainesville

A: I am not aware of anyone in Central Florida who restores or repairs antique National Cash Register registers. I suggest you contact the website, The information they offer should answer all your questions.

John Sikorski is an Ocala antiques dealer. He hosts a call-in radio show, ‘'Sikorski's Attic,'' on WUFT-FM (89.1 FM). It can be heard each Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Send your questions to Sikorski's Attic, c/o The Gainesville Sun, 2700 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608-2015; or email

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