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Dolls and Toys for Children

Here are some dolls from the Soviet Union for children made during last quarter of the twentieth century These can also double as collectibles, for example some were made in the "Toy Factory named after March 8th".  

A small selection of vintage toys made in Kalinin, Zagorsk, and elsewhere in the arts & crafts style. At any given time, many unusual items will be found here.

Turned souvenir toys were very popular for a short while in Russia prior to the breakup of the USSR. Manufacture included a variety of figures of people, birds and animals as well as group compositions that were made from wooden parts produced on a turning lathe. Kalinin toys were particularly creative - full of imagination and humor. The toys were designed and painted in a terse style: two dots and three straight lines for eyes, eyebrows and nose; two round spots and a curve for the mouth and cheeks. This same laconic style was used for the costumes, which did not, however, lose their specific national features. These toys are very attractive, small and inexpensive and have a great emotional affinity to wooden carved toys.

  • Girl in Traditional Costume Minstrel Doll

    Girl in Traditional Costume Minstrel Doll

    Girl in Traditional Costume Minstrel Doll. Young girl dressed in a traditional Russian costume with outstretched arms. She is wearing a "kokoshnik" (headdress), red minstrel shoes and earrings and necklace. Made in the Toy Factory named after March 8th,...

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  • Blonde Maiden Minstrel Doll

    Blonde Maiden Minstrel Doll

    Girl in Traditional Costume Minstrel Doll. Young girl dressed in a traditional Russian sarafan. She is wearing a decorated headband, black minstrel shoes with red ball and sports bright blonde hair.  Made in the Toy Factory named after March 8th,...

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  • Boy in a Russian Traditional Costume Doll

    Boy in a Russian Traditional Costume Doll

    Boy in a Russian Traditional Costume. Young boy with long reddish orange hair poking out from under his service cap. He is wearing a traditional yellow shirt tied with a ribbon belt and dark green pants. A small detachable plastic balalaika is tucked...

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  • Freckled Timoshka Ryazheny Minstrel Doll

    Freckled Timoshka Ryazheny Minstrel Doll

    Timoshka Ryazheny (Тимошка Ряженый). Boy in a minstrel (Skomorokh - Скоморох) doll costume. These were prominent musicians and entertainers of Muscovy and Kievan Rus' from the 10th-17th centuries. Made in the Toy Factory named after March 8th, Moscow,...

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    Russian Church Kizhi Toy Building Blocks

    The oldest wooden church in Russia was built without the use of nails or metal braces on Kizhi island in the 14th century. It's a very appropriate subject for this vintage, Soviet made building block set for children 4 years and older. 74 wooden pieces,...

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    Russian Cottage Toy Building Blocks

    Build fortresses, cities, campsites... or as the title says: "a dacha," a summer cottage, with these vintage, Russian made building blocks for children 4 years and older.  Over 175 pieces! NOS (new old stock - carton has some soiling)

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    Russian Village Pskov Toy Building Blocks

    Pskov was built as a great stone fortress in medieval times. It is one of the oldest cities in Russia and is a very appropriate theme for these vintage, Soviet made building blocks for children 4 years and older. Includes gateways, rooftops, cupolas.....

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  • Timoshka Ryazheny  Vintage Doll

    Timoshka Ryazheny Minstrel Doll

    Timoshka Ryazheny (Тимошка Ряженый). Boy in a minstrel (Skomorokh - Скоморох) doll costume. These were prominent musicians and entertainers of Muscovy and Kievan Rus' from the 10th-17th centuries. Made in the Toy Factory named after March 8th, Moscow,...

    $22.00
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  • Young Cossack Doll

    Young Cossack Doll

    Boy Dressed in a Cossack Costume. A nicely detailed young cossack wearing a captain's wool coat. Painted on cartridge holders, black boots, white shirt and black belt with dagger.  Made in the Toy Factory named after March 8th, Moscow, last...

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  • Vintage Stacker Toy Rabbit

    Vintage Stacker Toy Rabbit

    Vintage Stacker Toy Rabbit. A "developmental" toy made in Moscow, Russia in 1974. A label on the bottom identifies the Naro-Fominsk factory of wooden toys (Наро-Фоминская фабрика деревянных игрушек), one of the many small production toy factories...

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