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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. 

 

 

  • Brestova Checkers Set [Vintage]

    Brestova Checkers Set [Vintage]

    Checkers (Шашки). Does anyone play checkers anymore? Apparently not many people do. However, if you do have a hankering to play checkers, or to merely display a wonderful folk art creation, then this might be just the ticket for you. This is a full...

    $110.00
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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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  • Chicken and Chicks Counting Toy 1980's

    Chicks and Chicken Counting Toy [Vintage]

    Chicken "Counting" Nesting Toy. Ten brightly painted miniature chicks emerge from the mother hen. The hen is 6" tall and each of the mini chicks are 1¾" tall. Made in the early 1980's with the plain red on white round "Made in the USSR" paper...

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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 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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    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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    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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