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Betty's “impressive” baby doll goes under the hammer for animal charity

Betty's “impressive” baby doll goes under the hammer for animal charity

Thursday 25 January 2024

Betty's “impressive” baby doll goes under the hammer for animal charity

Thursday 25 January 2024

A 110-year-old doll discovered in the home of a former JSPCA supporter who left everything to the animal shelter in her will is going up for auction after generating a huge amount of attention on social media, but not a lot of buying interest...

During her lifetime, the supporter, described as a “lovely” woman called Betty, adopted three cats and attended a number of fundraisers.

Among the collection of items she left to the shelter were a mechanical hand fan, a cookery book, a King George VI coronation medal, a vintage chest, tablecloth sets, and a silver-plated spoon set.

But, by far the most "impressive", according to the JSPCA, was a German doll made around 1915.


Pictured: A vintage table cloth and spoon set was also sold to raise money.

It was made by a company in Köppelsdorf called Armand Marseille which was known for making dolls with porcelain heads.

Nina Powell, who works for the JSPCA's animal carer clinic team, was in charge of selling the items.

"Special memories in pristine condition"

"[Betty] adopted at least three cats from the shelter during her life and was always popping in to show support and attend fundraisers."

She added: "The doll was in a vintage chest along with other special items such as letters from her husband, photos and birthday cards plus some Victorian-era children's clothes.


Pictured: Some of the other items put up for sale.

"When looking through her belongings it was very special to see all the amazing memories she has collected and to treat them with care and respect was very important to us.

"The doll was the most impressive but we loved seeing all her photos and the special memories she had kept in pristine condition."


Nina decided to put the items on a local 'buy and sell' Facebook group – but she didn't expect the reaction when she did.

The post about the doll, which had a price tag of £150, garnered significant attention from social media users – and reactions were mixed.


Pictured: The post about the antique German doll.

While some commented that the doll was "creepy" and "terrifying", others lauded the "kind gesture" of selling it to support animals.

However, no one came forward to buy it, Nina told Express that the charity is looking to put it to auction instead.

"Gestures like this donation are a lifeline"

Speaking of the importance of donations and bequeathments, Nina added: "The JSCPA is 100% non-profit, we rely on donations and sponsorships to house and care for aged sick and unwanted pets and wildlife. Gestures like this donation are a lifeline for us to ensure we can keep going.

"A massive thank you to our friend Betty and to everyone who donates adopts and volunteers for the JSPCA animal shelter, we truly rely on the kindness of Jersey residents to provide this service and help animals in need."

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