I am not a nutter who takes pictures of her dolls just because I'm a nutter. I take the pictures because I sell them online. They are all a minimum of 80 years old but most are 100 and over. I restore them all and I have documented the restoration of a few here. I typically document them all but this is already photo intensive so I just picked a handful to illustrate the before and after stage.
My mother had a wood composition doll when she was little (shown below with crying brother b/c he had to take the little doll.) I was fascinated with that doll. It was so perfectly hideous but I was compelled to drag it out every time I went to my grandma's house. It's hair was smushed and looked like a football helmet. I loved how the eyes creeked when the opened and closed, but I hated the mouth breather look that was supposed to be a smile. I thought all composition dolls were ugly, like my mother's until I was in my mid 30's.
These dolls have been ravaged by time and elements and they are in desperate need of restoration. I taught myself how to do and honestly it took about a year before I was a pro. And my mom finally agreed to let me restore her doll as well.
This is the doll from Miracle on 34th Street, held by young Natalie Wood near the end of the movie. This is typical "before" condition.
Patti Playpal is only a late 50's/early 60's doll so they are just vintage (same doll in Gary Justis' post)
Kewpie had a shattered torso and a bad paint job on it's face. I restored this exceptionally rare sized wood composition Kewpie and sold it for $900.
I made this doll from a mannequin.
This doll among a few others, now lives behind glass in a doll museum.
SavageHusband Loves Dolls (not really)
Manny the Mannequin
One of OldestSavageSon's friends having a go at Manny the Mannequin
Eyes move from side to side. This doll had a clump of human hair tucked inside it. It came from Germany and was made in the early 30's. There is also an inscription on the neckboard.
It says in German, "My daughter, my love, forever."
Damn it Shesham! (cat knocked it off the table)
But luckily, I'm a doctor...
Me and Velvet