My Doll Collections – My Life as a Doll Doctor

 

 

 

Happenings at the Doll Hospital

What an exciting week this has been! First…I must say I have been overwhelmed by all the wonderful comments and questions from my Blog readers.  Learning about what you collect and why has made me even more eager to share…so please continue those comments!!  As you are probably aware…we have been quite busy this week at the Tonner Company Store in preparation for the Fall Preview and Sale on August 26th…so sadly I had to close the Doll Hospital this week. No major surgery or trauma…but I did have one lady come in to pick up her “Martha”..(an antique Kestner toddler doll). Her doll was only in for a quick spa treatment…a mini makeover that included cleaning her face and hair. Anyway….to get to the totally freaky part…she asked if we could look up her approximate value as someone once told her this doll was worth about $375. Although we do not appraise dolls here due to fluctuations in markets–I usually have a pretty good idea of what things would sell for. As I was looking at this bisque headed character…I was thinking..about $1,500. or so. We grabbed one of my Doll Values Books and there she was! The value listed for this rarer mold number and largest size was an astonishing $8,500. We both stood there…she speechless and rubbing the goosebumps that sprang up all over her arms…and me–smiling ear to ear knowing that although it was her late grandmothers doll and will never be sold–I made her day! There is something about these feelings that just can’t be put on paper–but it just makes my day!

My Collection and Resin Dolls

Anyway….I just had to share that moment–but now to get on to what today’s blog topic is really about–Doll Collections! I have been asked about resin dolls several times this week–and yup…I collect those too..

Like the resin Evangeline’s and of course the new resin Ellowyne–these dolls have something very special about their look and feel. They are fully jointed which allows incredible posing…and for some strange reason…we collectors usually not only name them–but attribute personalities! I can tell you in my collection…Judah is the Rock Star wanna-be and Zane is my brilliant little bookworm. Winston is a proper English fellow and he is an investor….(see what I mean). Now–of course the purpose is to have fun, encourage creativity and imagination–but I have a tendency to go over board when it comes to my resin kids. Noah’s outfits usually cost more than mine! The same can sometimes be said about the Ellowyne Wilde girls when it comes to their furnishings. My girls need their own things…and of course they love to entertain…

 

I think most of the fun for me is setting everything up and taking pictures. It brings this smaller world into focus and creates a story every time. Many of my collector friends will tell you I have finally slowed down a bit and now limit my vast little worlds into only two rooms in my house! How about the rest of you readers….Are your dolls in every room—or do you now showcase them all in one place? For me….I keep rotating the kids so my husband never really knows the exact number……. I hope to share parts of my Tonner collection next week (Wait until you see what I did with my Sinister Circus)…but my blog may be delayed a week. I am finally going back into the real Operating room to have these pins taken out of my finger. It is the last part of the surgery that has slowed down my dolly re-stringing a bit this summer. To finish up….here are a few more pics……but the last pic of the dolly on the bench in the Tonner Company Store sure is one of my most favorites! (He is my grandson…tee-hee)

    

 

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About Dr. Noreen

Dr. Noreen Morris is chief of staff at the state of the art Tonner Doll Hospital located in Kingston, N.Y. She has over 20 years experience in the repair and restoration of antique bisque head dolls right on up through modern dolls of today. She is often referred to as the "Plastic Surgeon"..but operates on vinyl, composition, hard plastic and bisque dolls too.

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  1. My Tonner project is dressing eight couples in my ancestry in costumes that fit the time period and their social status. The couples range from 1529 in England to 1938 in WA (my parents). I have been finding nude older Tonner dolls on Ebay because the faces have less “makeup” and I know that my ancestors didn’t wear eye makeup and lispstick! LOL Three of the couples are my Civil War great grandparents in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Any ideas or suggestions on this vast project with my half-vast ideas? How to get “lipstick” off the faces? Thanks, Pat

    • Hi Pat,
      What a wonderful project…so special! Lip paint removal on the vinyl dolls is a bit tricky as the red color –when liquified during removal- may bleed. Many repaint artists use acetone…like the strongest nail polish removers have–and they work quickly. An easier method–and much safer is to get a neutral flesh tone (acrylic paint) and go over the harsh color with the neutral. Works great and removes that possibility of bleeding red color around the lips. Please share a picture of the finished project!!

  2. Noreen, your grandson is gorgeous. What a living doll!
    Hugs,
    Terri

    • Thanks Terri….he is such a little sweetheart….he loves listening to my voice!

  3. Good luck with your surgery. I look forward to more of your wonderful articles.

    • Hi Sarah,
      Thanks so much!! All went super!

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