19th Century fashion part 2 1870-1900

The second part of this aticle, written and illustrated by Claire Kinloch,

doll fashion from 1873appeared in issue 32 of Kinloch and Sellers Catalogue


19th CENTURY FASHIONS PART 2 1870-1900

by V.H.C.K.


The 1870s saw the French firmly established as the supreme doilmakers, with their luxury lady dolls with trousseaux and trunks often costing as much as the doll itself. Fashions in clothes were elaborate - favourite materials used were wool, alpaca, velveteen, for everyday, with ball dresses of tulle, tarlatans and muslin and summer clothes of linen, cambric and muslin. With the invention of aniline dyes, colours became much stronger and brighter - with purples, royal blues, grass green and red. Trimmings were very lavish and braids, frogging, laces and embroideries decorated the edges of clothing. 

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Restoration of bisque dolls

sad childIn issue 6 of Kinloch and Sellers Catalogue, the doll restorer, (or dolly doctor) Peter Strange wrote an article for us. I am reproducing this article below. In the same issue we had an article by David Barrington, on whether or not to restore bisque dolls. The two articles prompted a slightly heated exchange in our letters to the editor section. I will be publishing both David's article, and the letters to the editor over the next new weeks.

If you are interested in the restoration and repair of dolls, I found a good tutorial on resetting sleeping eyes. It was written by Sandra Fayle .

Restoration feature


Being asked to write 500 words on restoration is rather like being invited to give an outline of 'War & Peace' on the back page of Old Moore's Almanack However, as a specialist in the restoration of bisque dolls' heads I will confine my remarks to this aspect of restoration work and hope that a few general points will be of assistance to those who would like to attempt porcelain repair themselves and also to those wishing to have a head professionally restored.

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