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Chimes and Novelties

Chimes are 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 and make musical noises.

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. Other occasional finds include thermometers and whistles.

Several category spin-offs include the counting toy, which is a larger doll with 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. 

 

 

  • Chicken  (Курица) Box [Polkh Maidan]

    Chicken (Курица) Box [Polkh Maidan]

    Chicken (Курица) Box. Scarce box from Polkh Maidan or Krutets. The craftsmanship is more experimental in terms of shapes and forms. The painting is detailed and the colors are many, which include yellow, red, purple, green and black. Box separates...

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  • Kalinin Maiden Thermometer [Vintage]

    Kalinin Maiden Thermometer [Vintage]

    Kalinin Maiden (Калининская Дева) Thermometer. A novel matryoshka artifact circa 1987. Classic colors, ornamentation and face. Fine condition. Temperature is in Celsius - (0°C × 9/5) + 32 = 32°F. 7" x 3¼". 1 only, as shown. The...

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  • Semenov Chess Set

    Semenov Chess Set

    Semenov Chess Set. An unusual wood chess set from Semenov circa late 1980's. The pawns are matryoshkas on a pedestal. The major pieces were made uniquely for the set. Each piece is hand made and painted with the traditional colors of red and black. Wood...

    $110.00
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  • Semenov Eggs

    Semenov Eggs

    Semenov Eggs. A pair of adorable Mashenka" Semenov maiden wooden eggs. Judging by the facial expressions, these were made in Russian sometime in the 1980's. Hand painted and quite unusual in our experience. Comes with holders shown. Each egg is...

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  • Polkh Whistle (Свисток с Полх Майдана)

    Polkh Maidan Whistle

    Polkh Maidan Whistle (Свисток с Полх Майдана). Unusual wooden novelty whistle with painted face, yellow hair and purple cap. Works fine. From around 1990. 3¾" in length. Like new. Two available. (Note: stand we used to photograph the whistle...

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    Accordionist Roly Poly Chime Doll

    Accordionist Roly Poly Chime Doll

    Accordionist Chime Doll. A pleasant bright bell chime sound emits from this unusual roly-poly doll in synch with the theme of the painting. An accordionist plays one of Russia's favorite instruments. Lots of details and even painted on the bottom of the...

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  • 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...

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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...

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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...

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    Tver  Chime Doll

    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),...

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