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Counting Toys and Chimes

A spin-off category of matryoshka collecting is the counting toy, which is a larger doll with contains many smaller pieces inside. They are used to encourage children to learn to count and to play. Sometimes the dolls can be elaborate and then leave the playground to take on a life of their own.

Chimes fall into the category of bells or roly-polys. The Russian term for these dolls is Неваляшка (Nevalyashka), which means "won't lie down". These dolls can tilt and spin.

We come across banks on occasion. They can either open, or be un-openable. Many of these novelties came from Semenov, Krutets and Sergiev Posad.

  • Kirov Straw Roly Poly Chime Doll

    Kirov Straw Roly Poly Chime Doll

    Kirov Straw Maiden Roly Poly Chime Doll. Let's get the flaw out of the way right away. We seldom, if ever, list dolls with cracks, but this one is too unusual to pass up. (You can see the crack in the last picture.) A lot of work went into this, probably...

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    Zagorsk Green Roly Poly Chime Doll

    Zagorsk Green Roly Poly Chime Doll

    Zagorsk Maiden Green Roly Poly Chime Doll. The Russian traditional roly poly toy has many different names, including "nevalyashka"(неваляшка), "vanka-vstanka" (ванька-встанька) and roly-poly chime doll. Due to the weight in the bottom half, the doll will...

    $25.00 $18.00
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    Zagorsk Red Roly Poly Chime Doll

    Zagorsk Red Roly Poly Chime Doll

    Zagorsk Maiden Red Roly Poly Chime Doll. The Russian traditional roly poly toy has many different names, including "nevalyashka"(неваляшка), "vanka-vstanka" (ванька-встанька) and roly-poly chime doll. Due to the weight in the bottom half, the doll will...

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    Vintage Clown Stacker Toy

    Vintage Clown Stacker Toy

    Vintage Stacker Toy Clown. Unusual to say the least! A "developmental" toy made in Semenov, USSR, sometime in the 1980's. Label is missing but doll could have been made in the Naro-Fominsk factory of wooden toys (Наро-Фоминская фабрика деревянных...

    $18.00 $14.00
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  • Tver Mushroom Coin Bank

    Tver Mushroom Coin Bank

    Mushroom Coin Bank (Грибной банк). A Russian peasant in a bright red shirt rests underneath a mushroom cap atop of which sit two ladybugs. The top removes to access coins. Made in Tver circa 2000. Hand painted. 3½" in height. 1 only

    $24.00
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  • Matryoshka Doll and Villagers Play Set

    Matryoshka Doll and Villagers Play Set

    Matryoshka Wooden Doll and Villagers Play Set. One large doll with six smaller dolls inside. A precursor to the still relatively uncommon Christmas ornament dolls that appeared about 20 years ago. This one was made in the year 2000 as indicated by the "M...

    $89.00
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    Santa Claus Roly Poly Chime Doll

    Grandfather Frost Roly Poly Chime Doll

    Santa Claus (Санта Клаус) Roly Poly Chime Doll. A mellifluous chime sound is emitted from this detailed traditional Christmas theme roly poly. These have many different names, including "nevalyashka"(неваляшка), "vanka-vstanka" (ванька-встанька) and the...

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    Mordva Roly Poly Chime Doll

    Mordva Roly Poly Chime Doll

    Mordva (Мордовия) Roly Poly Chime Doll. The traditional roly poly has many different names, including "nevalyashka"(неваляшка) and "vanka-vstanka" (ванька-встанька), as well as the descriptive "chime doll". Due to the weight in the bottom half, the doll...

    $24.95 $22.00
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  • Chicken with Chicks Semenov Counting Toy

    Chicken with Chicks Semenov Counting Toy

    Chicken "Counting" Nesting Toy. Ten brightly painted miniature chicks emerge from the mother hen. The hen is 6" tall and each of the mini chicks are 1¾" tall. Made in the early 1980's with the plain red on white round "Made in the USSR" paper...

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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...

    $18.00 $12.00
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    Rocket Ship with Young Cosmonauts Nesting Toy Set

    Rocket Ship with Young Cosmonauts Nesting Toy Set

    Rocket Ship with Young Cosmonauts Nesting Toy Set. All aboard! Two young blonde cosmonauts are visible in the portholes of the ship. The two 3 nest figures of the same include a catstronaut in the girl doll and a dogstronaut in the boy. Minerals and...

    $65.00 $49.95
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    Tver Chime Maiden (Тверская Дева)

    Tver Chime Doll

    Tver Maiden (Тверская Дева) Chime Doll. A mellifluous chime sound is emitted from this unusual Tver doll. This cute doll from Kalinin (today Tver) which was stylistically different from the other doll production centers such as Semenov, Viatka (Nolinsk),...

    $19.95 $14.95
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