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Triang DH/B (Probably)

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The front view
The white areas have been over painted. The shutters have seen better days. The whole thing looks like it was put through the spin cycle of a washing machine, then left forgotten in a shed as woodworm food,.
Posted on October 22, 2013 Full Size| Slideshow

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18 Comments

Cybermintz
10:48 AM on September 25, 2019 
Head's up lovely dollhouse people, there is one similar to this on e-bay at the moment 25/09/19. Copy and paste this link into your browser:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/A-Wonderful-Tri-ang-Wooden-Dolls-House
-Cottage-No-DH-B/202747563633?hash=item2f34b24e71:g:xqgAAOSwVVFdQ
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Cybermintz
9:02 AM on October 27, 2013 
Very sorry to mess everyone around but I've decided to do the clean-up and consolidation myself before I sell it on. I'm not aiming to make it 'as good as new'. I'll keep you posted.
Brooksey
12:56 AM on October 23, 2013 
Cybermintz says...
...I'm surprised that what I would consider to be a fairly standard junk shop dolls house is such a rare thing. It makes me feel guilty for beating the vendor down a little bit on the price (but they expect that).

I'm finding it difficult to be polite and keep up with the replies...


Please don't feel guilty, Cybermintz - you've just joined the "I found an unrecognised early Lines/Tri-ang at a bargain price" club! (There's been a little flurry of new members to that select group in the last couple of weeks). You've secured another little survivor!

Nobody's going to think you impolite if you don't reply to every comment. A house like this is going to generate lots of interest - you'll be all day at the computer if you reply to every one individually!
Cybermintz
6:50 PM on October 22, 2013 
I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome and for taking the time to do the research and post. It seems to me amazing that something found in a second hand furniture shop can be nearly 100 years old. I'm happy that it will end-up being appreciated by someone who will value its history and rarity, rather than being 'up cycled' as a children's playhouse.

The sad thing is that I've seen other old dolls' houses and I've just passed them by, assuming that no one wants them. I know that often, dilapidated dolls' houses that are donated to charity shops are thrown out with the rubbish because they cannot risk them being sold to children without the CE (European Standards) label. If there is a demand for wrecked vintage dolls houses I shall try to rescue as many as possible and send them out to people who will love them.
Cybermintz
6:39 PM on October 22, 2013 
christine jaeger says...
i have this little cutie.. it is in my album... it needed some restoration which was started by barbara (on this site) and i finished it after i bought it from her. it took the long journey from UK to OZ... she also has another one in her album.. its original... check them out..

Hi Christine - I had a look through your album before I posted; you've been very busy on some very challenging restoration projects, you've got more patience than I have but it is worth it in the end. Very high quality work there!

Your two little cuties are DH/C and DH/D and the consensus seems to be that mine is the DH/B model. Yours seem to have kept their colour far better - mine is as dull as a brown paper bag!

I've had a look at Barbara's The Nest - lovely little house although the door is on the opposite side to mine and the papers are different so again we've not got an exact match.
christine jaeger
6:18 PM on October 22, 2013 
i have this little cutie.. it is in my album... it needed some restoration which was started by barbara (on this site) and i finished it after i bought it from her. it took the long journey from UK to OZ... she also has another one in her album.. its original... check them out..
Cybermintz
1:19 PM on October 22, 2013 
Rosemary says...
I have just realised that you are a new member - and we have been round you like a pack of wild dogs! Don't worry, we are all really very civilised and you will get used to us in time. Welcome to the dolls' house crazyy gang!
That's okay Rosemary, I'm surprised that what I would consider to be a fairly standard junk shop dolls house is such a rare thing. It makes me feel guilty for beating the vendor down a little bit on the price (but they expect that). I'm finding it difficult to be polite and keep up with the replies but you're all lovely really and I'm very grateful for the time that everyone has taken to do the little bits of research.
Rosemary
1:09 PM on October 22, 2013 
I have just realised that you are a new member - and we have been round you like a pack of wild dogs! Don't worry, we are all really very civilised and you will get used to us in time. Welcome to the dolls' house crazyy gang!
Cybermintz
12:54 PM on October 22, 2013 
Claire Quick says...
How come i never find old triang houses in second hand furniture shops in cornwall. LOL. Great house
What about that one in the Animal Hospital shop in Bassett Street Camborne about two months ago? It was plywood, stucco sided, had one of the sides of the roof missing, two red apexes of the roof insitu, the chimney pot looked like a Triang (although broken) as did the staircase half the front was missing and I did not even give it a good look because I was downsizing at the time?
Rosemary
12:34 PM on October 22, 2013 
Those shutters are genuine. It was a design they used in the twenties but not seen very often. Congratulations on your grubby find!
Claire Quick
12:17 PM on October 22, 2013 
How come i never find old triang houses in second hand furniture shops in cornwall. LOL. Great house
lallyp
12:01 PM on October 22, 2013 
It looks right to me!
Cybermintz
8:47 AM on October 22, 2013 
@Jane I had the fear that someone would buy it as a playhouse because it is almost the right size for those lil' Bratz dolls. In reality it is a very dull dingy colour - when I first saw it I thought it might have been designed by Hornby because it uses that colour scheme. I can imagine some old bachelor ex-railwayman living in it, there is nothing pretty of feminine about this house.

I'm going to have to give it its second coat of low solvent woodworm killer (I tested it first, the papers are okay). When I found it it was covered in sawdust and cobwebs, it is still absolutely filthy, but because it was varnished at some point, I'm hoping the dirt is on top of the varnish.
Jane
8:23 AM on October 22, 2013 
Thank God you saved it! It's definitely my style, I love it, shame I'm in NZ (hmmm, wonder what the shipping would cost). It looks to be in beautiful original condition to me, I just love it.
Cybermintz
8:13 AM on October 22, 2013 
Thanks for the swift replies ladies. I tried to leave some comments, but there was an error.

The house is not as bright in real life as in the photos, I had to adjust the brightness and the contrast in photoshop because my camera is very bad. The dolls' house has the look about it of an old railway signal box, all those dull browns and greens so I've nicknamed it The Signal Box.

It's not really my style, I bought it yesterday from a second hand furniture shop because I could not bear the thought of someone buying it, stripping off the paper and smothering it in gloss as a play-house.
Jane
7:59 AM on October 22, 2013 
The windows certainly look like mine!
Rebecca Green
7:50 AM on October 22, 2013 
It looks genuine to me. I'll have to look at Marion Osborne's book of Triang dolls houses to see if that kind of flooring was used at this period, but the roof paper and red flowery wallpaper are right, and the brick paper on the back looks well played with! As Jane said, not sure about the shutters, but again, I'll check Marion's book.
Jane
7:46 AM on October 22, 2013 
No, I wouldn't have thought so. They were all individually made and all have their little quirks and the shutters look a bit odd but they might just be replacements. It looks fine to me but I have to tell you, I'm no expert.

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