Monday, July 30, 2012

A lovely letter from the owner of Mayzie Applebottom, the English wooden I just restored in the post below

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 face intact.
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 2012.
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!
Little 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 always.
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!


  1. David & Paul, you have given her back a priceless treasure and she has given you one in kind with this beautiful letter acknowledging your priceless craftsmanship. They are both keepsakes! :~)

  2. David and Paul, Hello! Read the letter and was very touched!!! You are great MASTERS of the!!!! Thank You for being there!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be happy!