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Counting Toys and Chimes

A sub-category of matryoshka collecting is the counting toy, which is usually many small pieces inside a larger doll, used to encourage children to learn to count and play. Sometimes the dolls become more elaborate and leave the playground and 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 unopenable. Many of these novelties come from Semenov, Krutets and Sergiev Posad.

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    Tver Maiden (Тверская Дева) Chime Doll

    Tver Chime Maiden

    Tver Maiden (Тверская Дева) Chime Doll. Not a nesting doll, but a chime. Shake her and she creates a beautiful melody. This cute doll from Kalinin is different in style from other doll production centers such as Semenov, Viatka (Nolinsk), Semenov or...

    $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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  • Balalaika Maiden Counting Toy

    Balalaika Maiden Family Counting Dolls

    Maiden with Balalaika (Дева с Балалайкой) Family with Miniature Dolls. Vintage toy set has three miniatures. Fine detail and enhancements. Wood burning, pastel paints. Sergiev-Posad, circa 1998. 3¼" tall. 1 only.

    $25.00
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    Muzhik Counting Toy

    Muzhik Family Counting Dolls

    Muzhik (Мужик) Family with Miniature Dolls. Vintage toy set has three miniatures. Fine detail and enhancements. Wood burning, pastel paints. Sergiev-Posad, circa 1998. 3¼" tall.  1 only.

    $25.00 $20.00
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