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Tri-ang Dolls Houses Database, Vol. 3, 1946-1971

No 40 1958-71 (Tri-ang)/1972 (Barclay). Dimensions: 14 inches [35 cm] wide, 10 inches [25 cm] deep and 17 inches [43 cm] high.

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No 40 1958-71 (Tri-ang)/1972 (Barclay). Dimensions: 14 inches [35 cm] wide, 10 inches [25 cm] deep and 17 inches [43 cm] high.
This model number was used previously for the smallest of the 40s series, in production 1934-36, which may be seen in pictures 73 and 74 in Volume 2. After Lines Bros had gone into liquidation in 1971, the manufacture of the metal-fronted No 40 model was continued by Barclay Securities Ltd, trading as the Barclay Toy Group, who had bought the rights to the Tri-ang trademark. The Barclay Toy Group was itself sold in 1973. There is no evidence that this model was still in production at that time, so it appears that it was sold under the Barclay brand in 1972 only. The metal-fronted No 40 is the smaller, two-room version of the similar No 50 (pictures 2-12, previously). The 50 is approximately 1:16 scale, the 40 is approximately 1:18. The house seen above dates to 1958-62, evidenced by its card roof, metal front door, hinged front and absence of tree and flowers decals on the façade. These were introduced in 1963. From 1964, the front slid open and the front door and roof were made from plastic. (Please see pictures 14-17, subsequently, for examples of later models). This is the earliest example of a No 40 on site. The exterior paintwork is original. Its chimney is missing. Early No 40s are also known to have dark red roofs, like the 1963 version which may be seen in the next photo. It is not known whether the grey-roofed models pre-dated, followed, or were produced alongside the red version. The interior of a typical No 40 may be seen in picture 18, subsequently. The interior of the house above is not shown in this Album because its ground floor has been divided into two rooms by a previous owner. (This photo appears courtesy of eBay seller morgan111morgan, who retains the copyright. Used with consent).
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