David says, "I am somewhat baffled by this ‘dolls house’ which dates from the mid-1930s. It is in roughly 1/12 scale and lit by electric light.
It has sadly lost its front and back facades and the staircase needs to be re-fixed but appears to have been made by a very competent cabinet maker or architect.
Unlike most dolls houses, its plan-form functions entirely as a real house, with properly interconnecting rooms, across a spine wall, giving a kitchen, scullery, pantry, three bedroom, drawing room, dining room, morning room, separate bathroom and lavatory and a staircase which cleverly breaches the spine wall, as it would in a real house. It appears to have been entirely hand-made made in Surrey before 1939 with a specially made rotating platform, but all other aspects of its history are a mystery. The chimneypieces etc are all handmade and the floor coverings, where not fitted carpet, reflect the function of each room. Over the past few years have bought a lot of 1930s hand-made miniature furniture with which to furnish it, and may offer it for sale soon.
Was it a child’s toy, a model of a real house designed as a child’s toy, or some form of speculative builder’s model? It came from a fairly rich family of stockbrokers who had similar houses in Paris, Belfast and Hampstead, but it is not based on any house in which they are known to have lived."