Sometimes the years can be really rough. This little mechanical doll, probably dating from the early 1900's, had a long and busy life. It's a crawling mechanical doll. I found a similar one in my research, dated 1915.
Someone had taken a baby sleeper, and restyled it to fit this little sad doll. Adding a crocheted bonnet to cover up the badly distressed head. It's an awkward doll; however,the legs and hands still move in tandem. Looking rough and very dirty, I decided it would be a challenge to make the doll cute once again.
I removed the sleeper, and evaluated the damage. The hands and legs were in good condition, but the surface was badly pitted. The head was in very tough shape, and needed to be mended, in some areas re-sculpted with paper clay.
After removing the hard paint surface, I found the face intact, it was the rest of the head that really needed the work. I wonder where this little guy lived? And, how he came to be in the condition he was in?
I am just grateful I found this little treasure.
Samuel is a happy little darling, now. He is 11" tall and 13" long.
Working on this doll was truly a challenge, and I took my time deciding how best to bring him back .
Now, I have a crawling mechanical doll added to the collection of "restores".
Smile On! Audrey
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