Sometimes you have an item hanging around for years. Like, your whole life. (Well, practically.) You played with it as a kid. It got piled in all your toys, and boxed up for years. It sat in your Mom's attic. You did actually rescue it from your Mom's attic and take it to your house. It even moved with you. Then you stuck it in your attic, because you had one now. Fortunately, you had it in a box, because stuff got piled on it. Then one day you find out that it's rare. Like extremely rare. Like, the rarest item of Barbie accessory stuff. EVER. Maybe even the rarest Barbie item ever. Meet the Suzy Goose Barbie Regal Bed.
Apparently this thing is so rare that most people have never seen one. I read that, for years, nobody could even find a picture of one. Most Barbie reference books that were published a few years ago didn't even mention it. Joe Blitman, well known Barbie expert, told me he's only ever seen two in his whole career of Barbie collecting and dealing. That's not counting mine. He has one for sale on his site, which you can see HERE. Here's what his site has to say about the Regal Bed,"This is not only the rarest Suzy Goose item ever produced, it is very likely the rarest vintage Barbie item period. In 25 years of collecting, we've only heard of one other in existence." (That was not counting mine.) I remember reading in Barbie Bazaar magazine when Joe bought the bed at an auction. The price he paid was so high even he was embarrassed by it, and the magazine didn't tell what it was. The one on his site is listed at $1,995. If that's too rich for your blood, there was one on Ruby Lane a few years ago. They only wanted $699 for theirs.
Barbie's Regal Bed was manufactured by Suzy Goose, like the other early Barbie furniture, but it was apparently not produced in such a large quantity as the wardrobe,Barbie's other Suzy Goose bed, or the vanity.
|The Barbie and Midge Regal Bed! Notice the Suzy Goose logo with Mother Goose and the slogan,"Toys that mold character".|
Even the fairly rare Barbie Suzy Goose piano is way easier to find than the Regal Bed.
The Regal Bed may have been a Sears exclusive, as a Sears picture ad for the bed exists. This is according to barbielistholland, A warning before you click that link! Her page is all one super long page,and it will do weird things to your computer. I almost always get locked up when I click on that page. Ken says it's because instead of making separate pages for the site the person put it all on one 'page' and it takes forever to finish loading...or something like that.
|"I got my bed back!"|
The slogan for the bed was something like, "A bed fit for a Queen".
I got mine for Christmas when I was a kid.
|My sister and me, on Mom's lap,Christmas,1965. That's Tearie Dearie's cradle I'm holding. In the cradle are Tearie Dearie and a white haired doll I also got that year.|
Besides Tearie Dearie I also got some clothes for her, a generic white haired doll and her clothes...
... a real metal wash tub and a metal and wooden wash board,(How old am I?!), ironing board,real wooden clothes pins,and metal umbrella style washing line, which my sister wasted no time taking apart to steal the metal discs that held the line up, to make finger cymbals out of.
The Regal Bed originally had a matching red taffeta pillow with white fringe.Mine is missing the pillow now and the fringe from one side of the bedspread.
|Barbita can commiserate about the missing fringe...|
Check out the pictures on Joe's site. Plus, the head has the double circles on top, and the pattern in the gold foil is facing the opposite way from the headboard's if the double circles are on the bottom.(Everybody got that?)
This ad picture of the bed shows the bed came put together, with the double circles on top. (Also, do I REALLY think we would have sat down and put the bed together with more presents to open?)
So I think mine is put together the right way. Maybe someone took theirs apart.
|The bed was assembled by popping the pegs into the holes.Once in they probably can't be pulled back out very easily.|
Or maybe some of them were screwed up at the factory. Maybe some of them came unassembled. Who knows? If you look at the Christmas photos,the floor is littered with shipping boxes,(Mom did a lot of catalog shopping.),including a long thin one that could have contained the bed.(See above caption on one of the Christmas photos.)
As it says on the ad, the bed has, "Gold Photo inset in head and foot--Rich Red Taffeta Spread and Pillow--Hand Brushed Gold Highlights".
We always used the blue piece of textured cardboard from the bottom of Tearie Dearie's bed as the mattress. But I have since returned it there. I happened across a cardboard piece printed with the word "mattress' in my childhood doll stuff, so THAT may have been the mattress.
But, it might have gone to some Barbie sized twin/bunk beds my sister had. (They were the subject of a post once, asking if anybody could identify the bed coverings, as I want to replace the beds that disappeared in the mists of time.) The word 'mattress' is barely readable on the cardboard now. It didn't even show up in the photo I took.
|Believe it or not,it says mattress right there under the two circles punched in the cardboard.|
|The foot of the bed.|
|And the head of the bed.|
Under the cardboard mattress the bed has crisscrossed plastic.
The bed is in pretty good shape. It has one little hairline crack. I couldn't even find it this time. Actually, I'm amazed the tall headboard didn't get broken.
There was also a good chance of it melting in the heat of either attic it was stored in. Luckily it survived unmelted.
I don't remember asking for it. Maybe I did. Maybe I didn't. Truth be told, I may have liked my sister's bunk bed set better. I know we never really used the cardboard bed from Barbie's New Dreamhouse. We always used the Regal Bed or my sister's bunk beds.
I'm flabbergasted that I own something as rare as the Regal bed, and also flabbergasted that it's in still pretty good shape,and even MORE flabbergasted that Mom didn't throw it away. That was her thing, after all.
If you're curious about Barbita's history you can read a post about her, and my other childhood Barbie and friends dolls HERE
Next time we'll look at another old Christmas photo and talk about the toys therein.