What a joy she was to work
She has been lightly
sanded, and her walking mechanism is perfect
after Dr. Hubby did his magic. We take
them completely apart and make them walk and
look like new. This is a perfectly adorable 22"1950's
Ideal Saucy Walker.
She has not been painted
except for her knees that Dr. Hubby blushed
and a light air brush spraying of eye
shadow. Her sanded body looks like
soft skin. She has her original blushing on
her hands and facial cheeks. We had to
make a decision to overlook the teenie tiny
spot on her left cheek just to keep her
facial blushing original.
Her crier is
silenced and I am sure whomever played with
her enjoyed it while it worked. They
belong in a museum...the way they were made
amazes me but I suppose they did not expect
that the little girls who played with them
then would want them to cry nearly 60 years
later. Replacing a crier de-values the
Saucy Walker, so we do not do that.
They have to be split in half to get to the
crier to take it out and replace it.
Her hair is original.
She came to us with her banana bangs like
they were when she was sold, except they
were flattened so we rolled them and then
put them back with her original Bobbie pins.
The seam in the back is more to the left as
so many, many Saucy Walker's wigs were
applied this way in the factory. This Saucy
are a bit short but not cut by a child and
the trimming at the ends was done by us.
Over all the wig is in
good condition and we even left the original
glue in her hair from the Factory that we
have shown in a photo above. One of the
factory workers must have been asleep when
Her eyes are mesmerizing.
We machine polished them, repaired them and
as always before one of our dolls leaves
here, we installed the preventative
platforms to help prevent her eyes from
rolling as her eye lashes were installed at
the factory a little short. Actually
she has long eye lashes but the factory, for
some reason always seems to push the much
needed length up in the metal eye globe too
far and the glue is pretty permanent.
Happens more times than not. She will
close her eyes 3/4 of the way. Our
platforms raise the eyes and keeps them at
the right level and on some of the Saucy
Walkers the weights are made
differently. This one happens to have
the bar weight (instead of the individual
weights) which can lean against the elastic
band. No biggy because she really
should not be played with and will be
standing most of the time anyway.
Personally, I am the only one who uses these
preventative platforms since I invented them
and I would prefer them installed in my doll
above eyes shutting all the way. It is
rare to have a Saucy seems like lately, that
has that bar for a weight. We get them
from time to time. IDEAL did all kind
of things to make the eyes work. It
can be very interesting for me each time I
original dress is in great condition.
No rips and the only things I can see is her
sash has faded and the ric rac at the very
top of her Ideal pinwheel button in the back
is trying to unravel. We did clean
and iron her original clothing. The Onesie
still had the original gold plated pin on it
when we got her, I was amazed!! How
rare is that? The little new dress she
is wearing is perfect and has a light pink
attached slip like Ideal always attached the
cotton slip to their dresses. Her new
shoes are a perfect size for her because the
smaller the shoes on a 22" Saucy
Walker, the better they walk and she walks
perfectly. Actually she glides as her
head turns with each step.
I want to make
mention that I have noticed so many think
the flirty eyes are suppose to move with
each step. They will if you lean her
over from side to side. However, to me
that looks silly and I prefer to walk them
straight up myself. They were designed
to flirt when the doll was leaned from side
to side. All you have to do with this
one is simply hold her arm to walk her.
We have replaced
all the original bands with our Surgical
Elastic Cord Tubing and her arms are
tight. We do allow a bit of slack in
the head for posing her. Make sure her
chin is tucked under her neck plate and she
will be perfect. Never fear that the head
will come off while you pose her for
display, the elastic is very strong. I
have a hard time accepting a Saucy Walker
who looks straight and un-poseable.
recommend that your Ideal Saucy Walker not
be given to a child. These dolls are
old and should remain on display, after all
they have gone through, they deserve a
rest. The Ideal Saucy Walker is
gaining in value as the years pass and even
the doll books are outdated on their
value. So if you must give her away,
give her to an adult family member who
appreciates the value that these famous Baby
Boomer dolls (as well as a walking doll that
was copied by most all the companies in her
time) have and will have.