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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. 

 

 

  • Matryoshka Keepsake Box

    Matryoshka Keepsake Box

    Matryoshka Keepsake Box (Каменный ящик "Матрешка"). A trio of charming colorful enamel images of the world famous Matryoshka doll grace this genuine stone hinged box. Hand made from polished pyrophyllite stone. Makes a terrific gift for the collector of...
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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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  • 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 recognize colors as well as to develop manual dexterity.

    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...
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  • A mellifluous chime sound is emitted from this hand painted detailed and finely polished Russian roly poly. Hand made and hand painted in Sergiev Posad.

    Maiden Roly Poly [Sergiev Posad]

    Maiden Roly Poly Chime Doll. A mellifluous chime sound is emitted from this detailed and painted roly poly doll. These have many different names, including "nevalyashka"(неваляшка), "vanka-vstanka" (ванька-встанька) and the descriptive roly-poly chime...
    $24.00
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  • Bunny's Hut Room Thermometer (Зайкина избушка)

    Bunny's Hut Kalinin Thermometer [Vintage]

    Bunny's Hut Room Thermometer (Зайкина избушка). When souvenirs were classy! Floppy-eared bunny pokes his head out of the window inside his teremok hideaway. Hand made from wood and then painted. Wall mounting. Fine condition. Temperature reads in...
    $22.00
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  • Folk Costume Couple Estonia SALVO

    Folk Costume Couple Estonia SALVO

    Vintage SALVO Estonian Folk Costume Peg Dolls. Painted wood. Made in the Salvo Factory during the Soviet period. 4¾" in height, 3" wide at the bottom. Nicely preserved. 1 pair only. Salvo was a pre-Soviet plastics factory, founded in 1948 as a...
    $15.00
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  • Mechanical Matryoshka (Механическая Матрешка). This entertaining Matryoshka spins one way and then the other, back and forth. Made in the Soviet Union pre-1991 at LZM (Leningradskiy Zavod Metalloizdeliy). Light blue color. With key.

    Mechanical Matryoshka (Light Blue)

    Mechanical Matryoshka (Механическая Матрешка). This entertaining Matryoshka spins one way and then the other, back and forth. Made in the Soviet Union pre-1991 at LZM (Leningradskiy Zavod Metalloizdeliy). Light blue color. With key. About fine condition...
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  • Mechanical Matryoshka (Механическая Матрешка). This entertaining Matryoshka spins one way and then the other, back and forth. Made in the Soviet Union pre-1991 at LZM (Leningradskiy Zavod Metalloizdeliy). Dark blue color. With key.

    Mechanical Matryoshka (Dark Blue)

    Mechanical Matryoshka (Механическая Матрешка). This entertaining Matryoshka spins one way and then the other, back and forth. Made in the Soviet Union pre-1991 at LZM (Leningradskiy Zavod Metalloizdeliy). Dark blue color. With key. About fine condition...
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    Mechanical Toy "Spinning Top" (Волчок)

    Mechanical Toy "Spinning Top" (Волчок)

    Mechanical Toy "Spinning Top" (Волчок). An entertaining old-fashioned push-powered top which you set spinning with the handle. When you’ve reached maximum speed, you stop and let it spin away. It lets out a constant low whistle, and lasts a long...
    MSRP: $40.00
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    Now: $35.00
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  • A Boy Fashions a Horse (Мальчик лепит лошадку) USSR Kalinin Thermometer

    Boy Fashions a Horse Kalinin Thermometer [Vintage]

    A Boy Fashions a Horse (Мальчик лепит лошадку). A young man carves out a playroom horse. Exquisite folk image. When souvenirs were classy! Hand made from wood and then painted. Wall mounting. Fine condition. Temperature reads in Celsius*. USSR, made in...
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  • Musician Boy Boxes, pair. One plays a balalaika, the other a bayan. These are scarce in our experience, as we've only seen this pair. No labels. Either Semenov or Kirov factory production, circa 1970s.

    Musician Lad Boxes [Vintage - Rare]

    Musician Boy Boxes, pair. One plays a balalaika, the other a bayan. These are scarce in our experience, as we've only seen this pair. No labels. Either Semenov or Kirov factory production, circa 1970s. In about fine condition. One is slightly smaller...
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  • Cat Bank (Кэт Банк)

    Cat Bank [Polkh/Krutets]

    Cat Bank (Кэт Банк). A truly unique painted wooden bank from either Polkhovsky Maidan or Krutets (we lean towards the latter) circa mid or late 1980's, though it might be earlier. The head has a slot for coins and two holes where presumably ears might...
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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...
    MSRP: $15.00
    Was: $15.00
    Now: $12.00
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