When Mum moved in with us, Patsy once again came to light and a friend from the US said he knew of someone who might be able to help her. Thinking Patsy couldn't look any worse, I handed her over to him and he took her back with him to the Mid-West. We agreed with the lady who specialised in Patsy doll restoration that we would pay for her work as Mum's 80th birthday gift and she came back to us in November 2001 looking as she does today.
She is the only really old doll that I have taken the risk of having completely repainted and is proof that this work is worthwhile if the doll is a much loved old friend, especially if it is done by a true specialist.
Hilary, the restorer, used pristine, original Patsy dolls in all the varying sizes from her own collection as models, copying the features as exactly as possible on the dolls she worked on. Her desire was not to put her own stamp on the dolls, nor to hide the fact that they had been restored in an attempt to present them as all original, but to give them back to their then aging first owners, or their families, looking as much as possible as they had done on the day they were first unwrapped.