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Junkin’ Finds: 1950’s German Dancing Dolls

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Guten Tag my friends! I have been promising to show you some of my summer junkin’ finds, and I am happy to finally have a chance in between blogging, gardening, and our kitchen renovation to share a quick post with you. Today I am introducing the two little orphaned 1950’s German dancing dolls that I recently adopted from a local consignment shop for only a few dollars. *This post contains affiliate links. Please see my full affiliate disclosure policy for details.


1950’s German Dancing Dolls


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As soon as I spotted these dolls I immediately fell in love with their costumes and sweet painted faces. I didn’t know anything about them, but they were too cute to pass up. One is missing arms, but that is no issue when you have a vintage-loving-doll-collecting-junk-stash-hoarding Momma! I know she has some somewhere that I can use!



I inherited my love of dolls from my mom and also some of her creative vignette styling skills. When I was little I always loved how she would set up her figurines and dolls with pictures in the background that made it look as if they were characters stepping out of the picture into real life.


I didn’t plan it when I simply set up the dolls to take a couple of quick photos, but the antique photo of mountians and a lake that I already had displayed as part of a summer vignette makes a magical little backdrop for these Bavarian babies.



Upon research I discovered that these are souvenir German “Sweetheart Dancing Dolls”  by Tanzuppe.  They were made in West Germany during the 1950’s-60’s.  There were even earlier dolls made by other companies with similar styles from various countries, all with adorable cultural costumes. This little girl’s hat is missing a white feather (an easy fix).



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The dolls originally had little keys that you put in their backs to wind up and make them dance.


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Even though the dolls were made in West Germany, some had Danish, Czech, Polish, Austrian, or other Eastern European clothing. This costume looks Danish to me.



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Here is another cute dancing doll in traditional Bavarian clothing (now I am humming “Edelweiss…”)  Prices for these kinds of dolls can range from a few dollars to $100 or more.




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Dolls have shown up here and there in my posts over the years, but I am not sure I have ever really blogged about  how much I love vintage dolls and that I have collected them since I was a little girl. I don’t care for all types of dolls (some are down right creepy or tacky, in my opinion) so I am kind of particular about the ones I collect. I am planning to do a few more posts soon featuring some of my favorite dolls, and a special post all about a new vintage composition baby that I am super excited about!



Antique 1950's Dutch Celluloid DOVINA DOLLS by TheIDconnection

Antique 1950’s Dutch Celluloid DOVINA DOLLS Rotterdam Holland Wooden Clogs, Dutch Dolls, Boy & Girl via Etsy


I am especially fond of small, unique dolls with painted faces or European dolls, which is why I fell in love with the German sweetheart dancers.  I also love frozen Charlottes and other small bisque dolls, “Patsy” style dolls, sleepy eye dolls, Nancy Ann dolls, Dolly Madison China dolls, very old composition dolls (or doll parts) from the early 1900’s-40’s, and vintage Barbies. If they are in need of TLC, even better! 




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Vintage Nancy Ann doll featured in my Transitioning From Summer to Fall Home Tour post


My mom has a collection of vintage Nancy Ann dolls that she lucked into online and they literally made me giddy when she first showed them to me! I definitely need to do a post on them in the future. I digress…


Similar Dolls to Love (and pin)

One of the fun things about being a vintage junker is discovering new things to collect! Once I stumble on a new type of doll, dishes, baskets, etc.,  I can easily get caught up in wanting to start collecting as soon as I start researching and find similar items on Pinterest. Alas, I use restraint when it comes to dolls  becaue I don’t really want them all over my home. Instead I safely “collect” them on my Hello Dolly Pinterest Board. 


Here are few similar vintage European dolls that I am pinning:


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Geman Character Doll Dancing wind up

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Vintage German Dolls Celluloid in Traditional Bavarian Costume

Vintage German Dolls in Traditional Bavarian Costumes




These cute German dancing dolls measure 6 1/ high. They have painted faces and molded hair. Their Celluloid is a sturdier harder material. The key is around her neck. They dance in a circle when wound. He is wearing felt pants, vest and hat, his shirt is cotton. She is wearing a felt dress and




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Schildrot Turtle Mark Celluloid German Doll via Etsy



Vintage 1940's DBGM (Western Germany) Celluloid Mechanical Wind-up DANCING DOLL #9609 Toy in the Original Box. Sweet little german doll that dances around when wound. Absolutely breathtaking detail and beautiful clothing and accessories. Measures 6" tall. Excellent+ to like new condition. Perfet working order. Listing and template services provided by inkFrog

Vintage 1940’s DBGM Western Germany Celluloid Windup DANCING DOLL

This one looks a wee bit Scottish. Love the plaid!



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Doll Rosel is made by German Company Schmider. She is 9” tall Celluloid doll in traditional Bavarian costume. Rosel is in a good condition; some missing pain to one of her legs (see photo). Comes in original clear plastic box/case with handle. No tag.Whether you have lots of passion for dolls or you are a doll collector we invite you to visit our newly launched website - is a place to explore the world of dolls and connect with other doll collectors. We are very excite

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Isn’t she a beauty? 





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Pair of Vintage German Dolls via Etsy


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Darling Traditional Dutch Boy and Girl Vintage Dolls



Dovina Celluloid doills in traditional Dutch clothing


She’s precious!


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Antique Celba Celluloid Warenfabrik Schoberl & Becker German Girl and Boy Dolls with Folksy Outfits and Green Felt Hats



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I hope my little German babies have given you a smile today! Are you a doll collector or are you familiar with these little German dancing dolls? I love hearing from you, dear readers! 

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  • Reply Paula@SweetPea

    What a great find! I know I’m going to see these gals in future vignettes that you share in your home.

    July 19, 2020 at 7:55 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Yes I think I will pull them back out at Christmas to use with other vintage toys!

      July 20, 2020 at 9:42 pm
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    These little gals are so adorable; learning something new about you, Amber!! I have a few frozen Charlottes and my first dolly, but all the rest of mine were handed down to my younger sister, so that’s a sure fire way to lose track of them. Love how you staged them in front of the vintage mountain print!

    July 19, 2020 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply CC

    definitely made me smile! it reminded me of a box collection of dolls i received as a child. mine were not with keys to dance however. i still have a couple of them left – ragged with love!

    July 20, 2020 at 6:18 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      I have a Scottish doll that looks similar, but she doesn’t dance either. How wonderful that you still have some of yours to enjoy!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      July 20, 2020 at 9:41 pm
  • Reply Kathy A

    A fellow carpooler gave my toddler daughter (now 38) one of these dolls who danced all over my kitchen floor! She is probably still somewhere. Since then I have started collecting small international souvenir dolls. I love those precious celluloid faces and Lenci eyes and rows of braids and laces! Last year I amassed Henry VIII and all of his wives; I seldom spring for ones that expensive, I scrub faces, starch aprons, fix hair, reconnect arms with an elastic and a crochet hook, mend moth holes. I especially love dollhouse sized ones and try to keep them 10″ or less to take up less space. My granddaughter (now 14) had a Nancy Anne pout so I have a few of those, too. I loved them staged in front of your picture; great idea.

    July 20, 2020 at 8:56 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Oh that sounds just like me! I love giving old dolls new life and new looks. I love the smaller ones too. I hoping to get started on my dollhouse makeover if I ever get a chance in between working on our real house! I use my little Frozen Charlottes and other small dolls for my dollhouse, not just those that are specifically “dollhouse” dolls.

      I am glad you stopped by because I have been meaning to tell you how much I appreciate all of your comments. I don’t always have a chance right away to respond to them… then I forget! I always love hearing your feedback and reading about things you collect and decorate with too. Thank you for all of your nice comments and encouragement!

      July 20, 2020 at 9:40 pm
  • Reply Kathy A

    Thank you, Amber! I live amid awful clutter of my own making and so admire your beautiful home and gorgeous vignettes; it is something I aspire to!

    July 26, 2020 at 5:54 pm
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