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Published October 24th 2016
Ensure that much loved doll or teddy is in top shape; beads
George, better known as the 'doctor', has repaired more than 40,000 dolls since he took over the Doll and Teddy Hospital in 1977. It has been open since 1935 and with such longevity it duly indicates high demand.
George knew that my doll had been 'tampered' with in Sydney before it was even fully unwrapped. Her papiermache body had cracked glazing from a repair job done in Sydney about fifty years prior. Now her open and shut glass eyes needed repair once more due to friends storing her on her back. Yes, she looks like a real baby with exact proportioning of body, dimples, etc. George showed me the makers-stamp on the back of her neck. And the internet allowed me to trace her actual china head mold to a Polish migrant who started a doll-making business in Germany. So it is confirmed that she is more than one hundred years old and awaiting George's tender care once he recovers from his second carpel tunnel operation.
A visit to his shop, and his sons Bead Trimming and Craft business, is genuinely like stepping into another world. Those that venture in are as attached to their 'friends' as George is. His hospital had an extensive fire in July 2015 and the insurance people wanted to scrap it all and pay him to start anew. But his dedication saw him trying to salvage any remains that he could and he shopped to replace people's dolls or teddy's that were incinerated.
This hospital is well worth a visit to delight in other people's treasured 'friends' and enjoy a chat with a really delightful character, George. But don't expect quick service as this is a genuine master at work who avoids email and thrives on visitors.