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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.

  • 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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  • Santa Claus Roly Poly Chime Doll

    Santa Claus 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...

    $45.00
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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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    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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    Zagorsk Roly Poly Chime Doll

    Zagorsk Roly Poly Chime Doll

    Zagorsk Maiden 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 sway...

    $35.00 $25.00
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