Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Barton Model Home

Every time I decide I have enough dollhouses and decide to stop buying another dollhouse becomes available and begs to come live at my house.

My latest buy is the Barton Model Home.

Mini Dork had information about this house on her Blog last month.

Several variations of this house are discussed in Mini Dork's blog, but Rebecca of Rebecca's Collection identified one like mine as the Barton Model Home, available from about 1956 to 1976. She said they were sold mostly as kits, to make up at home, although some were sold made up.

(images of a similar house (from Rebecca) are on and same site here and here)

I bought my house from the original owner. Her father built it from a kit in 1962 when she was just two. It had been packed away with its contents for several decades.

It contains Barton, Dol-Toi and Lundby (I think) furniture and a Grecon family lives there.

I find it very exciting to have an all original vintage dollhouse with such wonderful provenance.

The original owner said that her parents were from England and she thought that the house and contents had been purchased there.

I did as much research as I could and discovered that she was right. Quite a lot of the furniture and accessories are also made by Barton.

The living room furniture appears to be Lundby, except for the little art deco dresser which is probably either Barton or Dol-Toi. I couldn't find a picture of it when I was researching, but it definitely has that look.

In the living room we find two Grecon gentlemen enjoying a plate of cheese and beverages in pewter mugs. Both are nattily dressed as is expected of this type of doll. They have metal feet, embroidered hair and painted features. They are approximately 3.5" tall.  These dolls were produced in England from the 1950's to the 1970's.

I had been hoping to add a Grecon family to my collection and was delighted to get them with the house.

I haven't made up my mind yet. Will the older man and woman be the parents and the younger man and woman be their teenage children. with the toddler as an afterthought (much younger sibling)?  Will the older couple be the grandparents and the younger couple the child's parents? Or will I come up with some other computation of the five inhabitants. I think I will see where the dolls take me. They probably know who they are.

The cats are vintage Barton as are the goldfish in the nursery. I had never seen them before, but found them for sale on eBay UK, so was able to identify them.

(Don't you just love her fancy dotted dress and her red earrings?)

 A lovely Grecon lady is in the dining room beside what I think is a Lundby Piano. The keyboard cover flips up to reveal music and the gold decoration on the top of the piano appears to be hand painted. The table, chairs, clock and buffet also look like Lundby, but they aren't exactly like the furniture I have in my Lundby houses.

I think they are much earlier than the other pieces I own. Can anyone tell me if this is true?

The fireplace is Barton and plugs in to the outlet behind it. I believe the log basket, phone and cake are also Barton accessories.
The kitchen is delightful. The fridge says Dol-Toi on the back and has a paper 'Frigidaire' sticker on the front.

The cupboard, sink, table and chair are also Barton, as are the pots, pans, and food on the table.

I have seen the blue dishes included with Barton furniture on eBay, so I think they are also from that company.

The cleaning supplies were sold by Barton and a few other companies, I believe. There are two sets of these with the house. The dog is hard plastic. I haven't been able to identify it. Can anyone help?

In the bedroom a Grecon lady admires herself in the vanity. She has had some problems with her legs. Both have unraveled and one metal foot is missing.

I am not sure who made the bedroom furniture. It is wood with red accents and lovely floral decals on the large pieces. The handles are small nails painted red.

I think they may also be Barton. Does anyone know for sure?

I love the nursery. This wooden set is late 50s-early 60s Barton and is a complete set.

The drawers open, and the side of the crib can go up and down.

The child is a sweet little Grecon girl in a floral dress with a garland in her hair.

The bathroom is made of plaster and is Barton from the early 1960s.
 I look forward to your comments and any information you can provide. Don't hesitate to correct me on anything I got wrong.



P.S. I identified a number of the dollhouse items by searching for Barton on eBay UK, but a large number of the items are found in the book,
Antique and Collectible Dollhouses and Their Furnishings
by Dian Zillner, Patty Cooper


  1. What a treasure! It would cost a fortune to collect it piece by piece! It is so complete! Great find. CM

  2. Isn't it great? I am so in love with this house. I just can't believe my luck. The house and furniture and family are so adorable and so perfect. Faving a complete dollhouse from the early 60's makes me feel like a kid at Christmas.

  3. Wow! Lucky you! Not just a great house but some great furniture AND a wonderful set of Grecons. The bedroom furniture probably is Barton although, I did see some similar pieces some time ago which were described as Twigg.

  4. What a wonderful house with great furniture and inhabitants! The nursery is so cute and I love the little dolly :) I´m sure the white Empire furniture are Lundby - maybe a bit older than the set in your Lundby house? I guess I have the same furniture at my Lundby gothenburg house from 1972 I showed in the last three posts.


  5. What a wonderful find! Complete with the front of the house, all the furnishings, and the dolls! Yes, the bedroom furniture is by Twigg - I have some Twigg pieces, but not these. The little dresser in the living room is actually a telephone table - you can sit on the triangular bit, the phone goes on top of the drawers, and the telephone book goes in the drawer or the shelf. I'm pretty sure it's by Barton, though I don't know if Dol-toi made one too. The Lundby rococo furniture was available in catalogues from the 1960s and 1970, so it's probably the same age as the rest of the furniture, just a different style.
    I love the flooring in the bathroom and kitchen!

  6. Wow, I love this house too and allready made a lot of drawings for a copy in 1:12 - we will see if I realize it.
    But I'm totally in love with the sofa and armchair in the living room. Can't believe it's 1:16! This is my style, I loved this scandinavian style ever since, I'll get some for my dollouse some day, that's clear.
    Like Rebecca I also love the flooring, wood you mind to take a foto from above so that we can print it?
    Congrats to this treasure, I' glad with you. Thank you for sharing all this details.

    1. Did you make this house yet? I have the pattern but am having problems with the patterns. If you know anybody that has made this house please let me know. I need help.

    2. I bought my house from the original owner. Her father built it from a kit in 1962 when she was just two.

  7. Oh my Gosh! Great photos. Can you pass the butter please?

  8. I love love love the way all these wonderful houses keep finding you!

  9. what a great find! f course, you could have found a smaller one :)
    I confirm, the bedroom is made by TWIGG.
    for te little phone seat, I would say Barton.
    I love everything in this house, and what a luck, that you have found it , in such a good condition.
    I don't know, who made this dog, I've never met him before, and I'm not sure , it's a good compagnion for your cat family.

  10. wonderful dollshouse, especially the dolls with so much character.

  11. Beautiful house and gorgeous furniture! Like Oese, my favourites are the sofa and the chair in the living room. I never had seen them before either, so thank you very much for sharing!