Dolls. Hard Plastic or Pedigree Doll Disease.
This is a very unfortunate but thankfully rare problem with the hard plastic dolls.
Many people do not know about this problem.
It occurs with the aging of the hard plastic that was used in the late forties and fifties.
Some think that it has occured in batches that were incorrectly mixed. The pedigree doll has had the most cases of hard
plastic disease and this is why it is often called pedigree disease.
In all of my collecting, I have only had one case of this disease, I purchased a doll
and when I opened the package, I knew instantly the problem. I disposed of the doll in the rubbish
What to look for and questions to ask:
Smell, does the doll have any unpleasant odour. The best I can describe is a vinagery smell.
Does the doll have discolouration or melting. There is often a brownish patch. More advanced stages show the area
looking as if it is melting, e.g. the head may concave in or fingers will warp.
Do not allow any doll with hard plastic to be near any other doll as it can spread to the other dolls.
Dispose of a doll with hard plastic disease as there is nothing that can be done to reverse the process.
I keep my dolls in a cabinet and stand or sit them on acid free paper. I air the dolls regularly and importantly, keep them away from direct sunlight. Fluorescent light is not the best lighting for them either. Try to make sure that your dolls are not kept in or near a damp source.
Please don't let this put you off buying these lovely dolls as none of my dolls have developed it, just a little care, and you will enjoy
them for a long time [ I have had one pedigree doll for 50 years and it is still in excellent condition]
I hope that these little tips help you to buy carefully and enjoy your dolls.
Hard Plastic or Pedigree Doll Disease
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11 October 2011
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