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Our History

McMasters Harris Doll Auction History

McMasters Harris Apple Tree has a long successful history of selling dolls at auction. The business, started by Sherri McMasters, was later purchased by Mark Harris.

In 2011 McMasters Harris partnered with Apple Tree Auction to bring doll auctions to an even wider market from our beautiful facilities.

Mark is still involved with the business, turning his focus to picking up collections across the United States.

McMasters Harris Apple Tree will continue to hold doll auctions and honor the long history of finding loving homes for your collections.

Apple Tree Auction Center History

Sam Schnaidt (Founder/President) grew up in a home of long time antique and automobile collectors. Sam started collecting at the age of 12, buying his first antique car at auction, a 1926 coupe, for $20.00. He collected antique toys as a teenager, many of which are on display at the auction house today. Sam and his wife, Heidi, have bought, sold, and collected antiques for almost 50 years. Sam graduated from Ohio University and Reppert School of Auctioneering in 1963.

Sam and Heidi were joined at Apple Tree by their son, David, in 1993. David filled Apple Tree with his great enthusiasm and expertise until he lost a brave battle with cancer in 2013.

Sam and Heidi's daughter, Debbie Schnaidt (Vice President) grew up going on antique buying trips that were thinly disguised as family vacations. She loves the warmth, patina, and history of antiques. She grew up with a grandmother that collected antique dolls, and loves that she still gets to, "play with dolls" at work. Debbie attended auction school in 1994, and has now assumed management and auctioneering duties at Apple Tree. Debbie has also implemented a new auction program. Debbie looks forward to growing the business for the next generations.

We can sell one item or a complete collection. Our doll team will treat your consignment with the care and expertise it deserves. Please contact us for additional information.

We have over 35 years of experience in selling all types of items and collections. Our state-of-the-art facilities draw bidders worldwide.

We have learned that many doll collectors have other important collections. We welcome the opportunity to sell your other items as well. We have sold jewelry, toys, silver, advertising, and art for very satisfied doll consignors.