The Old Pretenders studio offers collectors the finest quality reproductions of English wooden dolls in the 17th and 18th century manner. Each one of a kind creation is handcrafted individually using traditional techniques and an eye for authenticity in every detail. Our dolls feature custom made enamel eyes, appropriately fashioned wigs and meticulously researched costumes. As often as possible: 17th and 18th century antique textiles, trim work and lace are used in order to recreate a doll that looks and feels every bit as authentic as an original example.
The Old Pretenders studio also offers a complete range of restoration services for antique English wooden dolls. Whether a doll needs subtle conservation, limb replacement or repair or a complete refinishing and re-costuming- it will be done with the utmost care. We take into consideration many factors when approaching any doll’s restoration ensuring that the end results are in keeping with it’s age and original design.