1950’s to present day dolls
I receive many many dolls that are truly loved by children today. Its usually eyes that no longer sleep or have lost their lashes. Crayon marks and missing hair. Limbs hanging off. Every owner, aged 7 yrs to 87 years, are unashamedly devoted to their dolls. The dolls hospitals of[…]
Repair and reset dolls eyes.
I needed to completely repair and reset eyes for this delightful Armand Marseille ‘My Dream Baby’. The eyes had been completely broken when they had fallen out in the mail. They were replaced with original antique glass eyes, which were sourced especially for her. The rocker, which operates the sleep mechanism, was remade and eyes reset in the head. Finally this adorable little baby was restrung.
Adorable French SFBJ 60 doll (1910)
Stringing, Setting Eyes and eye lashes, Repairing Sleep eyes, Restoring bodies: Composition, paper mache, cloth, leather,
Dressing your doll in customised or antique sourced costume.
Restoring broken heads
American Mama Doll (1940)
This young man came to the hospital in need of new irises and lashes, a complete head and body restoration, including stripping down and respray. The body was beyond any alternative repair.
Limbs, fingers and eyes
This beautiful German baby doll arrived with one eaten leg, missing fingers and no eyes. Her fingers were built and remodelled, legs replaced, eyes reset, body restrung, complete cleaning and temporary wig added.
Complete restoration of a German Armand Marseille ‘My Dream Baby’ head
This baby had suffered from an earlier repair. Possibly by a loving parent. The earlier repair was removed, the head put back together, repainted and eyes reset.
Before and After
I have included photographs showing the process carried out in some of my repairs and restorations.
If your doll needs a repair or restoration project that isn’t shown here please contact me as I have an archive of many before and after.
Every new project is fully recorded throughout the process of repair. From the moment your doll is received to the moment they leave the workshop there will be a photographic record, which can be made available. The main interest for most clients is to see their heirloom repaired and restored for future generations, but some of you are also interested to know every detail of the dolls making and history. If this sounds like you I will always try to support you in this through dialogue and by keeping full records.