One of the best parts about being a collector — of anything — are the occasional lucky finds. My Madame Alexander Active Miss was one of those.
Active Miss was only made for one year, 1954. She was made using the exact same body and face as Sweet Violet, a highly desireable doll for collectors that was made between 1951 and 1954.
Active Miss has the lovely Cissy face that was also used on Winnie Walker and Binnie Walker. The really interesting thing about her, though, is that her body is fully jointed: In addition to be jointed in the usual places (neck, shoulders, and hips), Active Miss is also jointed at the elbows, wrists, and knees.
Active Miss and Sweet Violet were the only dolls with this body, which is probably why the dolls is so sought after by collectors — not to mention so valuable: It's unique. A mint Sweet Violet doll can sell for $900 and up, and Active Miss is worth $850 and up.
Of course, my Active Miss is nowhere near mint, but she is the best example I have ever seen. I have only seen Active Miss on eBay two other times, and both times the doll was missing substantial parts of her outfit. My Active Miss doll's flaws are few: She is missing her hat, her hair has been combed, and the elastic on her half slip has relaxed over time. Still, her organdy dress retains its sizing, her original stringing is tight, and she shows only light play wear.
The best thing about my Active Miss was the phenomenal price I got her for. The seller had listed her so that the auction ended at about 3:00 am, and on top of that had no idea what she was. As a result, I won her for about $207 — less than half of what the other Active Miss dolls have sold for on eBay (even missing half their outfits).
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