Composition Shirley Temple Doll

Before: She was dirty and hair a mess After: Hair all restored

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Description of Repair

This is a composition Baby Dimples I worked on. The head had a lot of damage as can be seen in the animation to the right. The hands and feet also had significant breaks and holes. There was some minor paint loss and crazing to the finish of the hands and feet. The body was soiled and had some holes and separations where it was joined to the composition parts. One of these separations can be seen around the neck in the animation.

The Transformation

I cleaned and pressed the dress and socks and added a vintage ribbon. The dress needed only minor repairs. I cleaned her face and body and did some minor paint touch-ups. I treated the eyes which in dolls from this era usually are cloudy or crystallized. I was able to improve the look of the eyes to get them closer to the original condition. I then cleaned the hair and restored the curls she had when she came from the factory.

The cleaned dress, reset hair and cleaning made this doll a thing of beauty.  The work did increase the value of this doll significantly.  Even with this work the the value is still much less than a similar doll with a tagged unwashed dress and the original factory set to the hair.   

The owner was thrilled and amazed by the transformation. Such a major restoration is normally not justified if you want to sell a doll like this. As can be seen the repair is important if the doll has sentimental value or you want to keep is as part of a collection or pass it down to future generations..

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