Its been a while since we came across a rare find with the potential of being restored, so it did not take long to acquire this doll. Researching her background was so much fun and a learning experience, so lets take a little history lesson. Have you ever heard of “The Duck House Heirloom Collections”? It was a company started by a gentleman named Walter Chen in 1989. His objective was to provide a high quality doll with the finest craftsmanship, and finest quality at a reasonable price per the information on:
The first dolls they produced were porcelain but later they moved into vinyl dolls. I was able to find two 18 inch vinyl dolls each produced with different type bodies. Let’s take a look…
Who is she? Her name is Ashleigh and she is a Duck House slimline all vinyl doll. She was produced around 2004 and came with a certificate of authentication, and was numbered. Now here is the interesting part of all Duck House Heirloom dolls they were always produced in 5000 quantities, so each doll was numbered from 1 to 5000 and marked on the back of the neck. This line had 6 different dolls.
Noticed the shoes, they are in need of repair.
Her hair is a mess and her eye lashes are unglued. Her necklace is cute but also in need of repair.
A better look at that back of her hair.
It was time for Ashleigh to get cleaned up and her hair styled. Since she has curly/wavy hair rollers are a must.
While her hair is setting, we repair the shoes. Black foam is used. I traced the bottom of the shoes and glued the foam to the sandals.
Trying on the fixed sandals, they look pretty good!
The before and after picture of Ashleigh. Her necklace was fixed by adding a small amount of chain to both sides and a clasp to make it easier to close. Before the necklace was tied together using the string with a knot.
Take a look at Ashleigh’s slim body. Does it look familiar? Yes it is the same body mold used for the Magic Attic Dolls, Just Pretend Dolls, Euro Dolls and Carpartina Dolls, which were all very popular around the same time frame.
Here is a full view of restored Ashleigh, she has fixed eyes and her eyelashes were glued in place.
A closer look at Ashleigh’s face and her necklace.
The back of Ashleigh’s hair after it has been styled.
Time to dress Ashleigh in more modern clothes so I selected the new PWP from AG. Since this dress has a ribbon around the waist, it can be adjusted to fit the slimline body. The shoes are from the Journey Girls collection.
Her styled hair loose.
Close up of Ashleigh in the new dress, I love these colors on her.
This is one of the original Ashleigh dolls in one of her original outfits when ordered in 2004. Noticed the sandals have platforms. More information can be found at:
http://www.justmagicdolls.com/meet/DuckHouse/duck_house_heirloom_dolls.htm. BTW my Ashleigh came in her original clothes.
Here is another Duck House Heirloom 18/19 inch doll. This one is more typical of how the porcelain dolls are made. She has a hard cloth body with wire inside the arms and legs to allow her to be poseable. Only 3/4 of the arms and legs are vinyl and the head. The vinyl is a very hard vinyl and nothing like her counterpart Ashleigh. I suspect this doll is a predecessor to the 2004 series. So Duck House went from porcelain to hard plastic and then to the full vinyl slimline as the doll world was changing and introducing new bodies.
Here are the markings of Ashleigh, she is 2,230 f 5000.
I named the redhead Vicky, so here is Vicky’s markings. She is 2052 out of 5000. Notice the Duck House markings are the same in both dolls.
Ashleigh meets Vicky. Vicky is slightly taller. Vicky did not require any restoration, she was in great condition. Her hair is so soft and original. Vicky is entirely original.
Ashleigh and Vicky immediately became friends and got ready to do some shopping.
In 2008 Duck House closed the Doll Division and went into making sports items, Walter Chen left and created what is now known as the Golden Keepsake doll collection in 2009 which continue to make porcelain dolls.
It is always amazing to find a little history which leads us to today’s dolls, we have come a long way with multi-joint dolls and better quality vinyl material, but it is always nice to know our earlier play dolls can still be found.
Do you have a Duck House doll in your collection?
1. Ashleigh was found on the Goodwill online site and Vicky was found on Ebay.
2. The information found in my research came from the internet, both links have been provided in the above post.
3. Both dolls were purchased by me and came in their original outfits.