My name is Janice and I am the owner of dear sweet little Mayzie Applebottom.
I have fallen in love with early wooden dolls and their
incredible history. So it should not surprise any of you that when I found this
little 200 year old + doll I had to bring her home. The poor little doll's face
was literally falling apart and was in danger of coming off all together. If I
did not get something done quickly she would sadly continue to deteriorate. Who
could save her?
I knew of only two restorationist in the world who can do
museum quality restorations on early wooden dolls. I knew from talking to
others, reading extensively about their work, and speaking with them personally,
that David and Paul first and foremost work to keep the original historical
integrity of any doll they work in as original as possible.
They have been
know to purchase a doll sent for complete restoration to protect the doll in the
original condition for future generations. They have brought poorly repainted
early wooden dolls and turned back time on the shoddy work to bring the original
beauty of the doll back to life.
I spoke with David explaining the wooden
doll's damage and was excited when he said to send her on.
He asked me what
her name was and I had to confess she had not told me yet!
When she arrived
at their studio David and Paul confirmed that this dear little one's face was
virtually hanging on by the threads of her original wig.
David went over the
restoration process in detail and told me he would keep take all steps to keep
her as original as possible. He would secure her floating gesso face to her
wooden head and fill in the tiny missing pieces and very carefully blend the
paint to keep the original painting intact.
David and Paul are true
professionals. I received close up photos all along the way of the restoration
being done on to her face.
I was thrilled to watch the little early wooden
blossom under their care! True to his word David left all the original paint and
The final day of her stay David wrote with great news that she
was ready at last to travel home. He sent more detailed before and after
pictures. She was beautiful once again.
He also announced that Paul was able
to get the little one to tell him her name. Mayzie Applebottom. The perfect name
for such a sweet little ragamuffin!
When Mayzie arrived home I carefully
unwrapped her and there she lay snuggles in her own wooden box, loving made by
David and Paul, with her name on the inside.
She looked 200+ years old! l saw
no signs of restoration whatsoever. Tears immediately came to my eyes. She had
stepped right from a little girl's arms in the year 1820 into my hands here in
I felt so touched and overwhelmed when I examined her little face.
David's restoration work was beyond amazing. She looked like she had never
suffered damaged. Every original line and paint detail was still there. I could
not see where she had been restored even under a magnifying glass!
Mayzie Applebottom is simply magnificent all in thanks to David's fine
restoration, intricate expertise, and loving care.
I have made copies of
Mayzie's before and after pictures so her history will stay with her
I highly recommend David and Paul's museum quality restoration work
if you need any work done on early woodens, papier mache, or carton moule dolls.
You will be truly amazed!
Thank you once again David and Paul!