Menu
Entertainment

All fun and games for antique toy collectors

Norm Hurford with a French antique doll with a price tag of over $5000 (left) and the new addition bought from an Ipswich collector.

THE annual Doll, Bear and Craft Fair at the Ipswich Civic Centre yesterday drew fans from interstate and had a hint of international stature this year.

The most sought-after item was a French Jumeau antique doll that Lismore dealers Lesley and Norm Hurford brought to the fair.

Dating back to the 1890s, the rare doll is all original, dressed in its original clothes and has a price tag of $5625.

Mrs Hurford found the doll in Germany at the International Doll Festival at Sonnenberg while on a doll tour earlier this year.

Yesterday, Mrs Hurford also bought a small piece of Ipswich history, buying a miniature porcelain doll from a North Ipswich retiree.

Ipswich Doll, Bear and Craft Fair at the Ipswich Civic Centre. (L-R) Meah Buchanan 9 years holding a baby born (modern doll) while Bethany Buchanan 11 years holds an antique doll from the late 1800's, the oldest doll at the show. Photo: Kate Czerny / The Queensland Times
Ipswich Doll, Bear and Craft Fair at the Ipswich Civic Centre. (L-R) Meah Buchanan 9 years holding a baby born (modern doll) while Bethany Buchanan 11 years holds an antique doll from the late 1800's, the oldest doll at the show. Photo: Kate Czerny / The Queensland Times Kate Czerny

"It was a nice story behind it," Mrs Hurford said.

"The lady said that as a child she was only allowed to play with it for 10 minutes once a week.

"Dolls were that precious in those days."

The collectible antique will now go into the Hurfords' doll museum in Lismore.

Mr Hurford focuses more on collecting and restoring automata dolls, wind-up dolls that move, which can retail from $5000 to $80,000.

Ipswich Doll, Bear and Craft Fair organiser Val Metcalfe said the Hurfords were among 80 traders at the fair with hundreds of collectors filing through the doors to find items to add to their collections.

Redlands dealer Jill Rose showed one of the oldest collectibles at the fair, a Ferdinand Max Schilling doll from Germany which were made from 1871.



Nicholls strongest card in Labor suit

READER'S SAY: It is ironic the best thing Ms Palaszczuk has going for her in a bid to retain government is State Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls.

I could not care what happens at the political processes of today

Dissension only just beginning

VOTE: A reader says they are amazed at the 'grumpiness and irrationality' of some No voters.

Some blame the result on violence directed towards No proponents

A day just for the blokes

Richard Kreft (left) and Kamal Jayawardene (right) of Centacare with Ross Anderson and Merv Greenhill at an event to celebrate International Men's Day at Sacred Heart Parish Hall.

Men's health in the spotlight

Local Partners

Seinfeld’s most infamous episode

25 years on, it still has the power to shock. Here’s how Seinfeld got away with its most outrageous storyline ever.

Is Jamie Oliver done and dusted?

At 42 and after 18 years on TV Jamie Oliver says his priorities have changed. Picture: Supplied.

Is Jamie Oliver about to walk away from it all?

Partridge Family's David Cassidy in critical condition

David Cassidy

David Cassidy is in a critical condition

Inside Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s wedding

Williams has shared a photo of her in her wedding gown. Picture: Instagram/@serenawilliams

Serena Williams' stunning wedding dress

What's on the small screen this week

Sigourney Weaver guest stars as Beth Traywick in season eight of Doc Martin.

SIGOURNEY Weaver returns in the Doc Martin season final.

Ryan Seacrest the latest in Hollywood sex-assault claims

Seacrest is the latest man in Hollywood to be accused of misconduct

John Jarratt denies assault claims

Aussie ‘Wolf Creek’ actor John Jarratt has responded to sexual assault accusations. Picture: Supplied.

Wolf Creek actor John Jarratt has responded to assault claims