Note, this photo is of the original Giggles Doll, from the internet, it is not a photo of the doll just purchased.
We bought my late daughter the Giggles Doll, the one from the Ideal Toy Company, made in 1966 -67. She was a gorgeous doll and my daughter loved her to bits.
When I packed up and moved from the country to the city all those years ago, the doll came with me. I had her packed in a large dolls pram, with half a dozen other dolls that both my daughters had owned. There was no way I was going to part with the dolls. Some things are just too precious.
I did have the dolls in storage with other furniture and keepsakes at different places, until I finally settled in Toorak, Vic. I never unpacked some of those boxes in the 25 years I was away from the country. I knew what was in the boxes, as I had it marked on the outside. It was not until I returned back to my hometown in Albury, NSW in 2011 that I opened the boxes.
It was unbelievable, but the box of dolls with the pram was missing. There are other things missing too, but nothing I can do about it now.
For whatever reason the Giggles doll had a very special place in my heart, and I went looking for her online as soon as I realised she was missing. Melissa was a bit upset when I informed her the doll had been lost or stolen.
It is interesting to note, that this particular doll was only released into the Australian market, initially. In my internet search for the doll, there are many more available in the US with the higher shipping costs, but rare in Australia.
Apparently this vintage doll is very collectible, with dolls in good condition fetching $450, even dolls in mediocre condition are $200 and above. The Giggles Dolls that no longer have original outfits are around $60-$100. The freight costs are unaffordable if coming out from America , with freight from $60 plus on average. I found my doll in Australia, with ordinary parcel post at $17.
I have one now, she was rather cheap, she did not have original outfit or shoes, and like most on the market, her giggle mechanism did not work. Her hair has been cut, and her forehead and neck has lost its colour.
I pulled her apart as soon as she arrived, confident that I may be able to fix her, and also confident that I could buy a replacement of her original outfit and shoes.
She had been repaired previously, which I was not aware of, and some of her internal parts were broken. I found a website with photos and how to fix the giggle. I actually expected there would have been more information available on the net, but so far I have not found it.
If there is anyone that can help me, I only have one problem, and then I am confident I will have her working again. I do not know, understand the part about where the material is inserted which makes it oscillate, and hence achieve the giggle sounds. Should the material be fixed in the bottom of the container, or just sit under the lid at the top ? I need more information than is available at Figure 4 on the attached link. ” This is turn causes the piston to move in and out, drawing air through a reed, making the doll giggle.”
I have achieved a rattle sound, but am missing the giggle. You do not have to have an interest in dolls, just some mechanical know how is all that is needed (I think). All information will be greatly appreciated