|My F.A.O. Schwartz Mystery house|
I have puttered with the furnishings and accessories for several months and feel that it looks pretty good now. That doesn't mean that I won't continue puttering in the future, so things may change.
The bathroom has a lovely floor and early bathroom furniture made of wood. The faucets on the sink and bathtub are metal with wire pipes.
There are several old dollhouses made in the 1890s, that were sold at FAO Schwarz. No one has ever discovered who made these houses, or whether it was one craftsman or a factory. Because of this, The esteemed dollhouse historian Flora Jacobs coined the term "Mystery House." The houses came in many sizes with various architectural configurations. They all share two distinctive features - tramp art trim on the exterior, and painted parquet floors.
|The right wing|
The dining room table and the servers on the right and left walls are golden oak from Schneegas, as is the marble-topped table. The six chairs, the settee and the server on the back wall are from the same era, but I don't know what company made them.
I love the maid's apron and cap. She is one of my favourite dollhouse dolls. Her skirt length is wrong for this period. She would probably be more at home in a 1920's doll house, but I couldn't resist putting her in this one.
|1900's dinner set on its original card. Their original box was crushed beyond compare, but I didn't want to take the dishes off the card, so I just put the card and all on the dining room table. Most people don't even notice.|
|The dining room|
The master bedroom is also furnished with Schneegas golden oak. Most of the rugs in the house are tobacco felts
Golden oak Schneegas furniture. The two smaller paintings are real etchings and match the ones in the dining room. The painting on the back wall is an original. Most of the art in the house is not period, but I love putting original art in my houses.
|All of the doors have this padded wallpaper and lace curtains|
The chauffeur is waiting in the he entrance hall to take the family wherever they want to go. His coat has a big white mark. I think someone pulled off a glued on belt or other accessory. Mugsie the dog is ready to go anytime the family is.
I love this hall stand. It is one of my favourite Schneegas pieces ever.
The girls bedroom. They are having a tea party. The cat is much more interested in the bird in the cage.
In the formal parlour Mother, Father and Grandmama are enjoying a nice cup of tea. Although Father's relaxed position makes me wonder if there was more than tea in his cup.
|The left section of the main house|
The boys bedroom. Some of my red shcneegas is a bit rough, but so is little Gabe, so I guess they work well together.
|The left wing|
|The left attic|
|The right attic|