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SIDMOUTH: Museum’s dolls appear on Antiques Roadshow

Thursday, 15 May 2014

A number of artefacts from Sidmouth Museum appeared on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, after an edition of the programme was filmed at Exeter Cathedral. Volunteers Beryl McIndoe and Beryl Romsill took a collection of dolls belonging to Sidmouth Museum to the filming in September, and appeared on Sunday evening’s programme Mrs McIndoe, who looks after costumes and textiles at the museum, said: “We took five dolls with us to the Antiques Roadshow - dolls that have an interesting provenance. “We also wanted to know the correct dates for the dolls in order to make garments that were accurately dated as we work alongside the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Society (NADFAST) restoring dolls and making replica garments.” They spoke to antiques expert Bunny Campione, who specialises in dolls, and was able to answer all their questions. Mrs Campione was particularly interested in one doll, which was gifted to Sidmouth Museum in the early 1990s. They found it to be a doll made by Simon and Halbig, the second largest producer of doll heads in Germany, which produced them from 1869 onwards. Mrs McIndoe was shocked to discover the doll was worth between £10,000 and £15,000. The doll is currently on display at Sidmouth Museum.

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