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Is this the original price? It would work out at Four guineas, but an odd way to write it £4 4/- would have been a more common way to write it.
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8:43 AM on July 24, 2015 
Actually, using shillings (as in 84/- (84 shillings) on the house above) was a very common way to write prices in the UK, right up until the introduction of decimal currency in 1971. Lots of prices are expressed in this way in the G. & J. Lines and Tri-ang catalogues, for example. I think it was a psychological trick to make items seem cheaper than they were by using the smaller unit. (Similar to all those prices which end in .99, these days). This pricing style wasn't just applied to dolls houses, but to many goods. Pricing in guineas was more usual for luxury items such as mink coats, diamond jewellery and racehorses, and for professional services such as doctors' or lawyers' fees. (These are just a few examples, not an exclusive list by any means!).

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