I was not really looking for dolls (she says), but there sitting on the shelf was a cute 1960's Baby Wetums. I have the identical doll which I had as a child, but mine it quite a bit larger than this one.
the price was right so I picked her up.
As I was reaching up to get her off the shelf I stumbled over something that was on the floor. I looked down, and OMG!
There at my feet lay a 35" Patty Play Pal Companion Doll!
Patty is from the 1960's and although I have seen this doll many times
on my doll sites, I had never seen one in person.
This doll is very valuable, and very sought-after in the doll
And she was a horrible mess. Her hair was matted and dirty and
someone had painted all her nails with black polish.
I grabbed her from the floor and no one was gonna get her out of my grip!
Home we went - and right into the bathroom they both went. The hair on Patty was so badly matted that I decided to try and comb out the tangles before I washed it. Gross would about sum up the experience. The hair was sticky and filthy dirty, but after 3 hours, I pretty much had most of the tangles out of it.
I washed and conditioned her hair three times and finished with a Downy treatment to soften her hair. I was surprised - I did not actually pull out much hair.
Here is the results of over 4 hours labour....
I have never seen hair on a doll like this. It is gorgeous, thick and so soft.
I removed the nail polish very carefully, so now all that is left is making an outfit, finding some shoes and Patty will be as good as new.
I was complaining just last week that I needed a doll to work on -
I got a doozy!
Have a great weekend everyone -