8 hours ago
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.
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.
dollshousespastandpresent.webs.com 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 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?)
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 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?
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 bathroom is made of plaster and is Barton from the early 1960s.
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