Thursday, October 29, 2015
Schoenhut Restoration and Doll Repair rules
This is another Schoenhut I restored. It is a Miss Dolly type, which is the 'every day' doll the company made. I did another Miss Dolly sometime back, please check out that post for more info on the doll itself. While I was satisfied with this restoration, the owner was not completely. I mention this in order to discuss expectations for the restoration of older dolls. I have a couple of lines I make in the sand -
1. This is an antique doll. I will leave all original paint, facial features, etc. that I can and will not repaint or alter them unless I deem the request reasonable.
2. An old doll is an old doll. I will not make them look brand new. That's not what I am about.
3. At times, as the project and the doll dictate, I will leave paint missing, uneven edges, and rough places. Again, this has to do with #2.
4. I use photos of antique dolls and follow them for repairs - this means I match the antique colors as far as lips, nose dots, etc. Again, I will not make these look new or use improper colors.
Some of these rules applied to the job where the customer was not completely satisfied. She did not like the lip color or the unevenness of the fill on the face. If you intend to have a repair done, PLEASE ask questions before agreeing to it and make clear what your wishes and desires are.