Friday, February 20, 2015

1940 Dining Room for Dolls for 7" to 8" dolls


This beautifully made dining room set was hand crafted around 1940. The detail of the set is amazing. It is a large scale  - probably for 8" dolls. 


The set is too big for a 1:12 scale dollhouse. I will have to make a room box for it. This setting is a temporary box made from artist canvases. The paintings are held up by magnets. I didn't want to damage the canvases with pins or tape.
I think it was built before Ginny was popular and decades before Barbie arrived on the market, so I would be curious to know what doll originally went with the set.
The table extends to include one board. The table legs are very detailed.

Each chair has a hand-carved back and hand carved legs. 

The server, like the other pieces, has hand carved legs.

The buffet is beautifully made.

The china cabinet has cellophane in the door to mimic glass. The design in the door is hand cut.




This is a little flapper type doll made in Germany in the 1920s

This doll is too early for the set as her 1920's frock shows, but she is the right size for it.

The set included a 1940 "The Great Allentown Fair Exhibitor" form.  This Pennsylvania Fair has been held in early Fall since 1852.

15 comments:

  1. Great finds-each piece seems so detailed and well made. I especially love the server. :)

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    1. Isn't is fun! I love the server too.

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  2. What a delightful find! My favorite piece is the china cabinet....reminds me of the actual pieces my aunts had when I was so much younger. Cheers!

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    1. This is such a typical dining room from the 30s or 40s. I wonder if the maker copied the family dining suite. I just love it.

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  3. Ciao ..!!
    Wonderful miniatures ..!!!Compliments ..!!
    Mini hugs,
    elvira

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  4. Fantastic, how did you get it and is there anyone to ask where they got it? C

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    1. This is the very first thing I bought on an online auction (other than eBay). I think it was hand made in Pennsylvania.

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  5. Don't you just wish these toys could speak to us!!!

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    1. Yes, it would be lovely to know who it was made for and how it was played with. But, it is in such wonderful condition it looks like it was not played with at all.

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  6. Beautiful! I think you will have to make up a story for its provenance. Perhaps the furniture was made for royalty, and during WWII, it was carted off to safety and forgotten about.....

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    1. What a great idea! A wartime story could be built around this set.

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  7. Oh it's a gorgeous set! It would go great with my Cissettes I think, but they may be a bit big for it since they are 10" or so. Also I don't think she came around until the 50's. But still it's gorgeous!

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  8. Oh!!! Son fantásticos!. Un saludo, Eva

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  9. Hello Shale,
    What a greats et. It is beautifully carved and is very well preserved. I just love it!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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