Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Bisque Doll Called Maggie May

   This little gal came with a set of very bad shoulders.  She is 7" tall, and dates from 1920 (?).  The mark on the back of this sweet darling is JAPAN.

   Maggie May needed a warm cloth to clean her bisque.  As you can see in the picture above, her shoulders are not there.   Instead, her arms are simply sewn to her body.  

    After cleaning her bisque, I decided to leave the original body, just strengthened the fabric on her arms and body, with some extra stuffing and paint.

    Her hair was sculpted with some lovely curls, that even extended to the back of her head.  The bows added a nice touch to her hair style, too.

    When I finished cleaning and restoring  this doll, I mentioned to my daughter that this doll had bad shoulders.  She quickly remarked, "Just like me!"   "You should name her after me," she said.

   Maggie May needed lavender ribbons and a lovely crocheted dress.   The hardest part was making the dress fit properly with "no shoulders".  It all worked out, however.
   My daughter, appreciates having a doll named after her.  Brown hair and brown eyes, on both Maggie's.

       Hope your Saturday is going well!!          Smile On!          Audrey

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Dolly Dimples Restored

    Dolly Dimples was an adorable character created by Grace Drayton.  The character was used in a syndicated newspaper, then as a popular paper doll called, Dolly Dingle.

     Eventually, in 1905 Grace Drayton sold the image of Dolly Dingle to the Campbell Soup Company.   The image of the  "Campbell Soup Kid", became an American Icon for many years.

    I purchased this little 7 1/2" doll last January, and just recently restored her.  She dates from around 1910.  The doll is made of a composition of sawdust and glue, poured into a mold and formed.  The upper part of her body is a muslin fabric, stuffed with excelsior or "straw".

    There were over 500,000 Campbell Soup Kid dolls made in the early 1900's.   In the 1950's there was a revival of them to celebrate 50 years with the famous soup company.   On pinterest there  is a  great deal of images of these famous kids!

     I enjoyed restoring this little sweetie.   I took the liberty of painting her little toe nails a lovely shade of pink to match her new dress!    It's so m-m-m good, to finally add her to my collection.

                                           Smile On!             Audrey