The houses came unassembled in wood boxes. The box served as the base for the house and the box top became the roof.
It appears to be marble, situated in a park-like setting on a river.
Elegant ladies gossip outside the iron fence while a little girl joyfully chases her hoop.
An idyllic setting for a beautiful dollhouse. What child (or adult for that matter) wouldn't want to own this magnificent edifice?
Let's see if what's in the box lives up to the picture.
A couple of the panels have the windows taped back on.
Also missing were the pieces of wood that attach the balcony and the pediment. Again I think I will be able to make substitutes once I study the house to see how they were attached.
Although this seems like a wonderful toy it is quite flimsy and falls apart if you breathe on it. It must have been quite frustrating for the little ones who actually wanted to play with it.
Just for fun I furnished this house with my candy containers. It's not a bad fit. I have added a tobacco felt rug to cover the illustration of the house on the box top.
I will leave you with pictures of other Stirn & Lyon buildings that I found on the internet. These kits can still be found at auction occasionally.
|This one is just like mine, but has more small pieces|
|The East River Suspension Bridge, which we now call the Brooklyn Bridge, opened in 1883 and at that time was the longest suspension bridge in the world.|
I'm sure kids wanted their own version and they could get it from Stirn & Lyon.
|This is a much larger house but it looks just a flimsy. |
This one was once in Flora Gill Jacobs' collection
|Here is the interior|
|A Stirn & Lyon Villa. This one looks later than the one above.|
|Inside the Villa|
|A Stirn & Lyon Grocery store|
|Grocery store box|
|An 1886 postcard advertising Stirn & Lyon. |
It must have been a large store. It has three street numbers