Welcome to a gallery of images of antique dollhouses & furnishings, farm buildings & animals, and misc. toy buildings
by Jennifer McKendry
These historic and contemporary images© complement the History of Dollhouses article with more emphasis here on the visual and with minimal text. Currently posted are images dealing with a couple of decades before and after 1900. Click here for an INDEX to the sections if you are interested in a specific brand or maker or a general type of furnishings but please feel free to amble through the 8 sections at your own pace and enjoy this "antique world in miniature".
section 1 (below) is a cupboard dollhouse
section 2 has a variety of antique dollhouses
section 3 contains farm buildings & animals, schools and misc. buildings
section 4 contains cooking & eating: kitchens & dining rooms
section 5 contains parlours
section 6 contains washing, dressing & sleeping: bedrooms, the nursery
section 7 contains everything else! such as sewing, items for the desk, vases & urns, statuary, cages.....
section_8 contains items on the porch and in the yard, such as pets, horses, automobiles, fences, people in outdoors clothing, furniture....
(note The digital size of these images is larger than in the history of dollhouses article for greater clarity in the details and this may cause longer downloads for dial-up users. The Gallery is divided into independant sections to make downloading easier. At the end of each section, please click where indicated to continue viewing the rest of the Gallery.)
SECTION 1: A CUPBOARD DOLLHOUSE WITH FURNISHINGS c1870 - c1920
Dollhouse converted from an antique glazed cupboard and furnished with mainly German furniture, accessories & people from c1870 to c1920. Details follow --
The attic and top bedroom floor -- on the left is the nanny's room and on the right the nursery
Set of painted bedroom furniture in nanny's room, likely German c1910
The main bedroom level
German young man in original clothes, chair, picture and hanging gas lamp in (old replacement shades) soft metal, all c1890-c1910
Early German desk c 1860, German chair, German oil hanging library lamp c1900, brass student lamp with glass shade c1880
German sidechair and cheval mirror with pressed-wood ornamented cresting c1900; one of a pair of glass kerosene oil lamps; American documented bed, chest with mirror and washstand c1870 (part of the set of a teatable and 3 chairs shown below)
Teatable and chairs, part of an American set including the bed, chest of drawers with mirror, stool and washstand in Rococo Revival style; made in Salem, Mass. c1870 for the Endicott family
German chairs c1900 and red-stain bookcase c1920, German metal fireplace attributed to Babette Schweitzer c1910, Art Nouveau mirror, German woman in silk dress c1880 and dog c1910
The main floor with parlour and dining-room (with service stairs to the kitchen)
The main entrance hall and doorway into the parlour; unusual combination of gas and electric lighting in the cherub chandelier, attributed to Maerklin Company, Germany c1910 (antique electric bulbs, replacement gas shades); scroll-cut hall mirror c1880; silk parasol and bone umbrella (needle-case); on right painted tin carriage with cloth hood (replacement wheels); Tynietoy mirror 1920s
German stag head, oak fireplace and overmantle with shelves and mirror; "talking machine" for playing records c1905; American cast-iron table and balloon-back sidechairs by Stevens & Brown -- page from their catalogue of 1872, Cromwell, Conn.
Set of dining chairs and extension table attributed to Gebrüder Schneegass of Waltershausen in Thuringia, Germany, page from catalogue 1914; over the fireplace is a fine metal picture with enamel birds, 2.75 inches high
The kitchen with servants' sitting and eating areas; service stairs to the dining room; German settle and open dresser c1900; Gottschalk 1910 white hanging shelf with treen accessories; American cast-iron cook stove c1880; hanging tin candle scounce; there is a small bathroom off the kitchen with a tin portable bathtub hanging on the wall and an early wooden toilet with pipes and a tank
Laundry day; brass floor-model mangle to wring out wet clothes; sitting on it, a basket of painted soft-metal clothes pegs, ½ in. long; on the table, granite wash basin, glass funnel, and set of hand-made knives, sharpner and food chopper, longest knife 2¼ in., metal blades with wood handles, some with serrated edges
German settle, metal ice box, metal wall sconce with glass chimney, open dresser, green table and chairs with rush seats marked "Made in Germany" 1920s or '30s, painted wood oil lamp
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