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Saturday, July 21, 2012
Christian Hacker Antique Dollhouse Circa 1880
I had purchased this house last November, but couldn't pick it up until last weekend because I have spent the last 6 months in treatments to get rid of breast cancer - I think beat it, by the way!
At last I was feeling well enough to go get it. You can't imagine how eager I was to see this house.
The balcony is a replacement, but was copied from a similar Hacker house.
See the link at the bottom of this post to read about the restoration.
I put the dining room above the kitchen, as I thought the decor of the room made it an inviting spot to enjoy a meal. I believe the wallpaper is a replacement with reproduction borders.
The ceiling retains its original decorations, but unfortunately has a split in it. The ceiling is actually the bottom of the attic section of the house.
The ringletted lady is a Simon and Halbig 1160 with her original wig and glass eyes. She is wearing her original outfit. It has shredded a bit from age. The older lady is a Kestner doll. She has a painted ribbon on the back of her hair.
Her Airedale is hoping she will open the door to the kitchen. He might be able to steal a treat.
The settee, drop front secretary and writing table with curved drawers are Boule.
Ann Meehan's wonderful collection last year I fell in love with the little turned wood, painted dishes called Treen.
Since then I have acquired some and am proudly displaying them in this kitchen. They are not in pristine condition, but they are so hard to find I accept them as they are.
The dresser the dishes are in and the stove at the back of the room are original to the house. The wall and floor papers are also original
There are also a few Treen pieces on the table.
The vanity has Treen toilet pieces on it. The picture on the wall has "Crystal Beach, Ontario, September 1908" written on the back. I have lived in Ontario all my life and I don't know where Crystal Beach is. I know the picture is too new for the house but I like it anyway.
To read about the restoration of this house by a former owner go to this link - http://tynietoy.org/Antique.html - and scroll down to (or search the page for) "A Larger Christian Hacker House and a Long Restoration"
I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I enjoyed furnishing the house.
Posted by Shale at Saturday, July 21, 2012