Dolls Hospital for the care, restoration and repair of Modern, Vintage and Antique dolls

DARTINGTON DOLLS HOSPITAL: for the care, restorations and repair of all antique, vintage and modern dolls.

Antique Doll Repair, based at the Dartington Dolls Hospital, focuses on the repair, restoration and conservation of dolls made of china, bisque, composition, hard plastic and vinyl for both antique and vintage dolls.

Dolls have their own history in the lives of their owners, reminding them of the things they loved and cared for in the past. You can trust that we will respect and protect them when in our care. 

Antique Doll repair offers services from cleaning, restringing and setting eyes to rebuilding and restoring whole bodies. Ask us about clothing for your dolls as well.
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Re-stringing

I restring ball-jointed bodies, 5 piece baby bodies, composition, open and closed crown dolls. Any doll that has a body of several parts will ask to be restrung after a few decades of play. Its precious head may be coming loose and its limbs dangling. A re-string with new elastic[…]

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Eyes

I reset both ‘still’ and ‘sleep eyes’, making sure that the eyes are properly positioned and the correct restoration techniques and materials are used.

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Body Repairs

  Broken Fingers and Toes It is rare to find a doll that has been well played with that will not have at least one missing digit. I rebuild and match these to  the rest of the body. Broken and Frayed sockets Just like us, a dolls joints wear over[…]

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HEADS

German Dolls or your French dolls such as will have bisque or china heads. Where boken or cracked they can be invisibly repaired and repainted. Composition heads are badly effected by changes in humidity and temperature.