Description From Sheryl Of Her Restoration
We have Dated Rachael to be a Mohair Saucy Walker
Look-A-Like between the years 1949-1952. Sears sold Mohair
dolls until the Christmas of 1953 Sears Ads when Saran hair was
the buzzword in the 1953 Wishbook.
Sears also was IDEAL'S
largest buyers of dolls.
IDEAL TOY CORP. was
known to have quality plastic back then and I was glad to find
out that they manufactured this doll. The clothing was all
under the watchful eyes of Mary Maidenburger between the 1930's
until the 1970's. She was "Katz's assistant as
well. So Rachael's dress had to have been made by IDEAL
as well. (Dress
earliest dolls had molded heads. Rachael has a molded head under her
once stapled (Not Glued) Mohair wig. The molded hair in
detail is one way to ID an unmarked doll of this era by IDEAL.
The tummy grill on this
doll is said to be manufactured by IDEAL (Source: "Hard
Plastic Dolls" By Polly and Pam Judd.) (I was introduced to
this book by the IDEAL BOOK Author, Judith Izen)
Also: We gained her ID because
of this doll below with the same tummy Grill except she has a
vinyl head and her knees are bendable unlike this doll above: (Notice the Tummy Grills
on ours and the Customer's Doll)
Rachael has been a very interesting doll for us. She was
donated to us from a lady by the name of Beth who sent her to us
because she had no room to store her. However she has
decided she wants her back and is buying her back from us for
all we have done for her Mother's doll and she is thrilled to
welcome her back. Her mother owned the
doll and had passed away in the 1990's.
Rachael's hair as mentioned above is
Mohair. Because of the stitching on the wig the hair had
gotten messed up at the top of her head in play time. We found out the
wig was stapled to the head so we easily took it off and
re-worked the hair by taking the stitches off in the back were
the hair had tangled, we washed the hair very carefully and then
re-stitched it and glued the wig back on over the molded hair
which she has now under the wig. They made more money on
the wigged dolls so instead of the molded hair they put the wigs
over them on many dolls. We feel that she looked similar to
this when she was sold.
Rachael's dress came to us on her and we
looked at it pretty close to determine it must have been her
original as it does not appear to be "Mommy
sewn". She possibly had the black leatherette shoes
but we placed the Fairyland vinyl shoes on her instead.
They walk so much better in the vinyl shoe.
We have done repairs to the dress such
as the seam down the openings in the back and the new tiny
elastic in the sleeves because they were relaxed after being
stored for so many years. She came with the dress being closed
in the back with a rusted safety pin. The ONESIE on the IDEAL
Saucy Walker dolls had a safety pin on them as well from
IDEAL. So we followed that idea and added pins as you can
see in the photos. We also added a double sided white
satin ribbon as a sash to match her bows. We stiffen the bows
for a longer life on display. If not bows seem to sink and
loose that beautiful shape in time.
We chose the white ribbon because Beth may want to buy her a newer dress at a later date and
white goes with every color. We added the new petticoat with
attached panties. Also her replacement socks from Spain.
I love the way her walking mechanism
works and so well hidden inside of her verses the metal pin in
the hip as Saucy Walker Dolls have. She reminds me of a cross
between the Paris Rita dolls and The gorgeous wide hips of the
Raving Beauty Dolls.
Dr, Hubby found her to have a perfect
walking ability so no repairs were needed. He blushed her
knees, cheeks and added eye shadow very lightly to bring out
the beauty of her eyes. Her arms were replaced with IDEAL arms
because one of her hands was broken beyond repair. The hand have
original blushing and the knuckles are not colored for some
reason. We decided not to paint over them. We replaced her
Rachael has a felt tongue with her original
teeth and I do believe her face mold is identical to the Saucy
Walker 22". (even the pointed scalp on this doll is like
the Saucy Walker as well)
Here is what she appeared like when we
Rachael is now an adorable 23" doll in the
real and we know Beth loves her. She comes back to Beth on the new Kaiser
Doll stand that is shown in the photos.
Thank you so much for your interest.
Just a Note From Sheryl:
pricing on the dolls we sell are as reasonable as we can make
them keeping in mind all the days and hours and top notch supplies it
takes to get the dolls like new. I say this because many
who might not know of our reputation and may not take this into
consideration and somehow forget that we have had to also
purchase the doll as well and the quality Saucy Walker is getting more
expensive as the time passes. We are the only ones who
offer the things that we do such as our own invented eye
platforms to prevent the rolling and sinking of the eyes that
Saucy Walker dolls are so famous for doing after 50 years of
storage. A new doll stand has always been sent out with
each of our dolls and the replica hang tag that in time is
expensive as well. From our site we also offer Lay-a-way on many
of them and/or the Hold Doll option.
do not have Saucy Walker dolls for sale very often and when we
do they sell fast however, we do not make a big enough profit to
cover the time it takes to make the dolls like new and because
the IDEAL Saucy Walker is gaining in value quickly, our cost for
the doll is rising higher with each passing month. We ask that
you consider this when you purchase your Saucy Walker elsewhere
and you find that she is not in the best condition, just
remember to contact us and we will be glad to assist you and do
all the work to make her the way you expected her to be. Please
see our new site at: http://saucywalkerdollhospital.com
of our repair dolls under our Package "A" will have
her own web page so you can follow along with her restoration
progress. You can find many that we working on or recently
repaired under our
BEFORE AND AFTER sections on the front page or our previous
restorations as well on our Doll Hospital page.
from our own site please note: If
you should have questions, feel free to contact us but please
also read our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Before you purchase her make sure you read our Refund Policy on
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