Route 66 or Trading Post Dolls continue to rise in value. Originally made for the tourist market rather than for passing out to youngsters from the Hopi Villages during Kachina and Ceremonial dances. Rt. 66 Dolls have a carved rounded base often with a notch as opposed to carved legs and feet. For a very long time, collectors have looked down on these dolls as second rate or of lesser value. For a while they were a great item to collect for the beginning collector. Now collectors are creating vast arrays of these little beauties and values keep going up. With more research and the more I've written on my Blog about Rte. 66 Dolls the more desirable they have become. The most desirable dolls were sold at the Grand Canyon Trading Post, those have a label stating "From the Hopi Villages" either on the back or underside. I currently have one of those dolls available here, which is the second Hopi Mana in the second photo below, a true rare treasure. The next most desirable Route 66 dolls are the ones stamped with the Dawa Sun on the underside, indicating they were created by the Hopi Guild master carver Abbot S.. There are 2 of those dolls in the second and third photos below, a Morning Singer and an Ogre. Many Hopi Carvers did indeed carve this style of doll to sell to trading posts and visitors to the Hopi Mesas. Little by little some of those carvers are being identified, once again adding value into the marketplace. I suspect the small Cloud Dancer in the second photo 5th from the left to be a doll by the great Otto Pentewa, as I've seen others of this nature identified as such.
ca. late 1920s $295.
Thank you for taking a look.