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Counting Toys, Chimes and Novelties

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.

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.

  • 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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  • Sergiev Posad "Potal" Matryoshka

    Sergiev Posad "Potal" Matryoshka

    Vintage Potal Miniature Matryoshka. Elegant vintage doll with lots of detail in a small space. Wood burnt outlines, potal beading (gold foil that imitates gilding) and paints. Sergiev Posad, circa 1991-5. Fine condition. 3" to tiny. 1 only, as shown...

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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...

    $25.00 $19.95
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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...

    $20.00 $15.00
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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...

    $18.00 $14.00
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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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  • Chicken with Chicks Semenov Counting Toy

    Chicken and Chicks Counting Toy 1980's

    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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    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...

    $65.00 $49.95
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