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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.

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    Tver Chime Maiden (Тверская Дева)

    Tver Chime Maiden (Тверская Дева)

    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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    Tver Chime Maiden (Тверская Дева)

    Tver Chime Maiden (Тверская Дева)

    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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  • 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...

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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.

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    Cosmonauts Semenov Counting Toy

    Cosmonauts Semenov Counting Toy

    Cosmonauts "Counting" Nesting Toy. Ten brightly hand painted miniature cosmonauts on a pegged board. Semenov had a tradition of producing colorful and whimsical toys to instruct developing young minds. This set was made to teach children to count and...

    $25.00 $15.00
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    Puss in Boots Nesting Toy Set

    Puss in Boots Nesting Toy Set

    Puss in Boots Nesting Toy Set. A castle and several key figures from this classic fairy tale. All handmade and painted. The castle is 6" in height and 3" in diameter. The two three-nested sets are 3" and 2¾". The castle opens from the top and the...

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    Robin Hood Nesting Toy Set

    Robin Hood Nesting Toy Set

    Robin Hood Nesting Toy Set. A castle and several key figures of this legendary folk hero who, over the last 500 years, has become a permanent part of popular culture. One three-nested set includes Robin, Little John and Friar Tuck and the other has the...

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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...

    $75.00 $59.95
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