Mary O’Neill talked to Arthur Shultze a manager of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic shop in Napier. “It’s an old catholic priest's vestment, I would say very old. They do not have those vestments for years. It could be up to 1930s. It looks like Father Paul (Napier priest, he now lives in Waipukurau), he uses to get dressed like this for Art Deco Festival."
Mary also spoke to Keri Mason the co-owner of the Napier Antique & Jewellery Centre. Keri said she is very experienced with antique laces, and dated lace and fabric on this doll in the 1940s, or before.