Friday, 4 February 2011

An interesting piece of Sasha history for us to enjoy has come to light following an Ebay listing of a copper Sasha Head.

..with a detailed description from Brenda Walton who worked in the Stockport Frido/Trendon/Sasha Doll Ltd. Factory's secretarial office.

This is eBay item 27070145 ending on 09.02.11 from seller ID efk996.

Brenda says that...'The seller is correct in assuming that the copper head was intended as a mask for printing facial details on Sasha, but after having the head drilled for the hexagon screw it seems that no more work was done on this particular mould to complete it as a mask.'

She then goes on to say that 'The Sasha heads and baby heads were moulded almost in entirety - the round cap at the crown of the head, being made by the closure of the upper mould after the polymer, so there were never side parting lines.
I have 5 heads in copper for Sasha Baby - but mine have been finished and used in production (so now they are really half heads)!!! A screw was fitted at the top of the head to hold it firmly in place,then a plate of brass/copper soldered on to the head - at approximately the front hairline, in front of the ears, down each side of the neck (this was for easy handling when the sprayer just had to hold the plate over the dolls face so the mask went easily in place). Once the handling plate was in place, the back part of the head was cut away.'

This is one of Brenda's five baby face moulds and was used for spraying the white paint on the eyelid and corners of the eyes.

Many thanks Brenda for this most interesting piece of Sasha Doll history.

Had enough of facial close-ups yet?

1968 Single Fringe Dungaree girl with the smaller sized eyes and full centre part in a Sashawardrobe Liberty Print dress.

1967 brunette Gingham NP in a Pinestreetstudio patchwork dress.

One of my favourite dolls, 1967 NP with the modern bobbed hair in her favourite Ruthsdolls smocked checked school dress.

A once 'mint in box' slate eyed mid 1960s Gotz girl in a Betsy-May cullotte/tank top set.

A customised by Raven 1990s Gotz toddler Ekle, in dungarees from eBay and Ruthsdolls T shirt.

Anis, an early Trendon baby Nightdress, re-rooted in mohair by Bettina and wearing part of a 1990s Gotz outfit.

An early Trendon Nightdress baby in a pretty little dress by the Tenesse Sisters.

A Trendon mid 70s baby boy in a OOAK Ruthsdolls outfit commisioned by myself.

Another early Trendon baby in a OOAK Ruthsdolls outfit.

Early Trendon baby Nightdress with delightfully painted eyes in a commissioned OOAK Ruthsdolls checked romper outfit.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Not quite so close-up face photos.

1970 Trendon very pretty Gingham girl in a Pinestreetstudio floral dress.

1969 Gregor in a Monique real hair Kimberly wig and wearing a Liberty print dress by Sashawardrobe.

1966/7 NP with eyes painted by a Manchester University art student in another Liberty print sleeveless dress by Sashawardrobe.

1969 Party girl sporting a Global Cossette styled wig in a OOOAK Ruthsdoll's smocked homespun material dress.
1970 Gregor customised by Shelly (my unisex doll also known as Jac) in a Pinestreetstudio dress.

My 1960s first Gotz waif in a Monique Peggy-Sue wig and Ruthsdoll's smocked dress.

The next two photos are of 1960s Gotz Fritz, firstly in one of Betsy-May's very first Winter outfit.

And secondly in an early Gotz ski anorak and Pinestreetstudio polo jumper and scarf.

1970 brunette wide faced Gingham girl in a Ruthsdolls OOAK checked smocked dress and the same doll following in...........

A Ruthsdolls OOAK dress and pinafore dress given to me by Dawn Law..

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

MORE facial close-ups.

One of my very favourite Gotz girls, a 1960s crude eyed doll that photographs so dramatically. Here she is seen in a Pinestreetstudio outfit with the large floppy white wide brimmed hat.

My dark skinned 1969 NO fringe Dungaree girl in a OOAK Jill Mackley smocked Three Bears dress.

Fritz showing off in his baseball hat worn backwards and Dollydoodle T shirt.

A very pretty 1966/7 Dungaree NP in a Ruthsdolls limited edition floral dress.

A customised by Shelly and Alison 1969 Trendon doll seen here in her original Party Dress.

Fritz, a 1960s slate eyed sharp nosed Gotz boy seen here wearing a Tommy Hilfiger denim sleeveless jacket over a Dollydoodles T shirt.

1969 Frido Dungaree girl in a OOAK Ruthsdoll's smocked checked dress.

A 1967 Blue Cord Frido NP girl seen here in a NGould shorts, hat and shirt summer outfit.

1960s pale skinned slate eyed Gotz girl in a dainty pink/white stripped Jill Mackley OOAK smocked dress.

Frido 1968 crude eyed Gregor Shorts boy in a Dollydoodle T shirt.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Several more facial close-ups.

Belle, a 1970 Gregor customised by Shelly wearing a little simple checked shift dress given to me by Steve.

Two views of a 1970 Trendon brunette wide faced waif who has had her slightly greened eyes 'touched up' by Shelly seen wearing an original Pink Party Dress and below in a spotted top by Dollydoodles under some shocking pink dungarees.

Trendon early 1970 girl baby mightdress who has had her hair re-rooted by Lisa Hartley in a Sasha*smiles little dress.

Another early Trendon Nightdress baby, again with re-rooted hair by Lisa Hartley and in a similar materialed sasha*smiles dress.

One of my very first early Gotz dolls with a slightly 'older' look to her seen here in a bright Betsy-May smocked dress.

A Trendon wide faced 1970 girl in a Karensyarn smocked dress that I think enhances her pale colouring to a 'T.'

Three different photo takes on Holly, a Gotz 1960s crude yellow eyed little waif first seen in her original Gotz brown cord dungarees.

Secondly in a Molly, Sasha-bouquet dress...

And thirdly in a NGould red spotted smock style top.