Vintage Visitor – An Italian Miss


Most of the dolls we get donated to the Op Shop are modern ones like Baby Alive, Baby Born, Bratz or generic baby dolls but the other day Karen, my co-worker on Mondays, opened a bag and handed me a doll that was much older.

This doll, which is about twenty inches tall, looks as if she is made of hard plastic, she has a mama box which is not working properly and her hair is a kind of coarse saran and is a glued on wig. She has blonde hair and blue sleep eyes but her lashes are dark, silky and thick. Her facial paint makes me think that she might be Italian made. She has the high colour and pursed lips they often have. As she is unmarked she’s going to be a tricky one to ID

Italian Doll made of hard plastic.

I noticed that she has a thick seam line down the middle of her body where she was joined together. I don’t know if this means she was repaired at some time or just poor quality workmanship, her paint is rather rough in places too although apart from one finger she still has most of it. My poor Loretta who is an Italian hard plastic doll has lost some of her her paint and her body is grey-blue underneath her skin paint. I think this doll may be similar.

I think that she still has her original underwear, panties, socks and shoes. Her blouse which is in poor condition also looks original. Her skirt and petticoat I am not so sure about. They look home made although  they are obviously old.

Her blouse is probably original but in poor condition.

So far I have given her a dust and wipe down with dishwashing liquid and combed detangler through her hair. I didn’t want to make her too wet. Her hair has come up quite well as it is less dry and has a bit more shine to it. I can’t say if it has been cut or not. Later I will try and see if I can get some curl into it.

Here she is in her underwear which I think is original.

I’ve washed her clothes except the blouse which would probably fall apart if I tried. I’ll put it into a bag to keep with her as I know collectors  like to keep original clothing. I’m thinking about what to make to replace it.

Once all this is done we can decide on a price for her if she goes back to the Op Shop. I would not want to put her on the shelf with the children’s toys. I’ve seen what happens to those dolls. She deserves better at her age and although I don’t think she is particularly rare some collector might be glad to have her if we can hook her up with the right person. Of course there is the outside chance I might buy her myself but I don’t really need another big Italian doll.

As always if anyone can add a bit more information I’d be pleased to hear it. I’ll be posting update photos when her make over is finished.

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7 comments

  1. I did see one doll on e-bay with similar facial features, an Aldo Folli, but it was a walker/talker and taller. The cover to the mechanism was removed to show marks so couldn’t compare the cover to yours..I’m going to look at Athena Piacenza and Alfredo Zellini as well see if they are more similar.

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    • Thanks, I thought she was a little similar to Athena but the only picture I could find was of a larger doll. Her legs are quite free moving but not jointed the way my British walking dolls are.

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