Auckland Doll’s Hospital
The Auckland Doll's Hospital was established in the 1940s after the war by an Irish couple who set up shop in Karangahape Road, Auckland.
It quickly gained a successful and well known reputation for specialised doll repairs. However, eventually because of ill health, the business retired and the subsequent demand allowed several entrepreneurial hobbyists around west and central Auckland to restart the business from within their homes.
Re-established in 1995 the Auckland Doll Hospital was eventually reborn in Epsom under Annlyn and Co. when it moved to Manukau and then onto Dominion Road.
Today the Auckland Dolls Hospital has moved and merged under the banner of the art restoration studio Wrightway Studios LTD, with an inhouse staff of 15 supported by 20 outworkers.
Doll Restoration and Repair
Our very talented dolly doctors can lovingly restore or repair your cherished childhood doll or expensive collectible using authentic methods and materials. We have expertise in restoring early Victorian wax or Bisque dolls, war time and depression era composite dolls and off course the glamorous 1950's Pedigree Walkie Talkie doll.
We also undertake the make overs of 1960-70's rubber and vinyl dolls and fix the contemporary American Girl doll.
Restoration may involve a complete overhaul or a very gentle make over including cleaning, a new doll wig and restoration of facial features. We stock gorgeous clothes and shoes to fit most vintage dolls or can make bespoke outfits for your doll.
Restore your Teddy Bear back to Life
Bring your much loved teddy bear and soft toys to Auckland Dolls Hospital and we will lovingly restore them for the next generation or for you to simply display as an interesting collectible. Re-kindle your childhood memories and stories.
We use authentic materials including 100% mohair to restore your vintage mohair bear and have the expertise to restore all kinds of soft toys and bears made from acrylic, sheepskin, real fur and mohair. We are experts in remaking and repairing very damaged soft toys from either too much love or your pet dog mistaking teddy for one of his toys!
No teddy bears were harmed in the above photographs.
Vintage Pram and Bikes
The Auckland Dolls Hospital has a dedicated pram and bike restorer on our staff with the expertise to make them look like brand new but with the cool factor only vintage can bring. We strip bikes and prams down to their component parts and rebuild , re-chrome and powder coat to a factory finish. Our prams are completed with new upholstery and we ensure that all bikes and prams are working like new.
Toys and Rocking Horses
From Christmas carousels to Edwardian rocking horses we fix and restore your toys back to their original fabulous condition. We refurbish timber work on the rockers, repaint to original specifications and give rocking horses new leather saddles, manes and tails. Sometimes we can fix broken motors and voice-boxes on talking toys.