I was blessed to find a beautiful 13" composite doll all in tact with original dress, socks, shoes, undergarment, etc. One clear eye, and one semi-clouded. Lids open and close and all her parts are in tact and movable. She also has the button on the front which appears to be authentic due to some imprints on the back. Truly a dream come true!
Her wig looks great for her age. It's clean, yet I'd like to know the best approach to refine the curls a bit. I'd also like to clean her dress and know which film it's from (Red with white piping at the neck with white musical scale and notes).
Congrats on your find! I just got my 1st compo doll in February. She has her original wig, shoes and socks but the dress was handmade (old but just not a licensed outfit). My doll's wig has all her original curls but they needed to be freshened up. In the past w/my newer dolls I have used a pencil & water in a spray bottle. For Shirley I used the directions in Tonya's book which is to put a little water on the curl w/fingertips, then gently comb out, roll it around a ballpoint pen barrel, hold the curl w/one hand, pull the pen out w/your other hand then use two bobby pins on each side to keep the curl in place. This is my summary you'd have to read it in the book for all the exact wording. It worked very well & my doll looks great!
One of my books by Edward R. Pardella shows a red dress w/musical notes that ties in the back. It says it's from Our Little Girl 1935. Hope this helps. I'd love to see a pic of your doll.