Here is Shirley who is now at my house. I’ve examined her a little and now know that she has the correct markings for Ideal’s Shirley Temple on the back of her neck and on her back. She is an 18 inch doll.
Shirley is a little grubby and has some scratches but is in fairly good condition otherwise. Her wig, which appears to be the original one is coming loose from her head but she still has her teeth and most of her eyelashes. Her fingers are all there too. I haven’t undressed her yet to have a look at the rest of her body. Her shoes look like vinyl so may be replacements but I think her dress is original.
We are still not sure which Shirley she is but I think she is one of the earlier ones around 1934-35 because the later ones had darker eyebrows for one thing.
I can’t stop looking at Shirley’s pretty face, she has a lovely expression.
I would like to clean her a little and tidy her hair but as I’ve never cleaned a composition doll before I’m a bit wary of touching her. I need to read up on the subject first. It may be better to take her to the dol doctor. At least she does not need to be re-strung.