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), Semenov or Polkhovsky Maidan. The wood is linden and many of the decorative elements are woodburnt. The colors are bright and the paint thick. Faces are expressive and different. Circa 1989. Near fine condition with a bit of roughness at the top. 4½ tall. 1, as shown.
The Kalinin Matryoshka (Калининская Матрешка) came from the city of Kalinin, situated on the Upper Volga River. After 1991, many cities were restored to their pre-Soviet names. Thus, Kalinin became Tver, its historical name. This matryoshka was actually made in the late 1980's, but imported to the United States in 1992. Thus they span across two distinctly different political systems!