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I was an avid half-doll collector in the late 70's specializing in those made in Germany. I live in Iowa and, at the time, was a subscriber to the Antique Trader Newspaper, whose home base was in Dubuque Iowa. The paper was usually delivered to my mailbox on Mondays, so each week, I would rush home at lunchtime and scan all of the classified ads for Pincushion Dolls to purchase. I had the original "Collectors Encyclopedia of Half-Dolls" on hand as reference and had practically memorized the contents. Consequently, if there was a number on the doll being sold - or if it was described really well - I knew where to find it in the book and could almost always tell immediately if I wanted to buy it or not. Remember this was before computers, cell phones and electronic purchases, etc!!!
At any rate, I have also noticed that there are quite a number of new half-dolls currently being produced and molded to look like the originals. While some are indeed quite lovely, I am wondering if the reproductions have compromised the value of the older dolls; which normally is the case when antiques are reproduced?