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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...

    $45.00
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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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    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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  • Chicken "Counting" Nesting Toy

    Chicken "Counting" Nesting Toy

    Chicken "Counting" Nesting Toy.  Ten brightly painted miniature chicks emerge from the mother hen. 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...

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