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variation on Triang no.55 Mayflower?

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I really don't have room for another house - I'll have to take up Zoe's suggestion that I stop looking in antique shops - but I saw this house on Saturday. It has the same dimensions as a Triang 55 Mayflower. It has been overpainted in gloss, but has a lot of features common to the Mayflower range.
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Rosemary
1:19 PM on November 29, 2017 
Fascinating!
Val Hill
6:37 AM on November 26, 2017 
Absolutely correct as usual, Brooksey. What seems odd to me is that the features that make them stand out as non-mayflowers are the finishing touches such as roof tiles, doors and stairs.
Brooksey
6:26 AM on November 26, 2017 
Val Hill says...
What I'm not clear on, Brooksey, is wether 'Rab Toys' is a manufacturer or a distributor, if they are only a seller of this range, then the manufacturer is still unclear!

That's true, Val. Reading between the lines of the information Rebecca gave in her Forum post, it seems likely that Rab Toys was a distributor, but not a manufacturer. (In a similar case, it was only comparatively recently that it was realised that Tudor Toys of Hull were the distributors but not the manufacturers of GeeBee houses). Given the similarities in style to the Mayflowers, Lines Bros may have made the Ruskin Grange houses for Rab Toys to resell. Lines Bros are known to have produced unbranded variations of their models for others to sell under their own brand - the "Famous Gamage Doll's House" (unofficially numbered 40A by Marion Osborne) for Gamage's department store is one definite example. (The "51A" which Marion considered to be a prototype of an Ultra Modern could be another). Even if Lines Bros did manufacture the "Ruskin Grange" houses, it would not be appropriate to identify them as Tri-ang Mayflowers.
Val Hill
2:31 AM on November 26, 2017 
What I'm not clear on, Brooksey, is wether 'Rab Toys' is a manufacturer or a distributor, if they are only a seller of this range, then the manufacturer is still unclear!
Brooksey
6:05 PM on November 25, 2017 
I now believe that the two identical houses Marion Osborne considered to be examples of a Mayflower "variation" and which she designates "53A" in her book, are further examples from the Rab Toys' "Ruskin Grange" series. They have many similarities with the model above, including its staircase.
Brooksey
5:14 PM on November 25, 2017 
It is a very lovely house, but there are as many differences as there are similarities with the No 55 Mayflower. Compare with the three consecutive database photos, starting here:

http://www.dollshousespastandpresent.com/apps/photos/photo?photoi
d=199313696

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Trumble's Mum
2:12 AM on November 22, 2017 
It is a lovely house, Mayflower or not.
Freda Knight
12:33 PM on November 21, 2017 
I would have bought this as a Triang Mayflower and struggled to get beyond the fact that it wasn't one - as it looks just like the 55. I think this is a lovely house.
theinfill.wordpress.com
3:54 AM on November 21, 2017 
I do like the very interesting roof shapes and shaped tiling under the gloss
Brooksey
4:48 PM on November 20, 2017 
It's not a Mayflower, as far as we know from the 1920s catalogue illustrations. Could it be another example of one of the Rab Toys' "Ruskin Grange" series of houses, as discussed here:

http://www.dollshousespastandpresent.com/apps/forums/topics/show/
13393344-mayflower-?page=2

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lallyp
1:37 PM on November 20, 2017 
A lonely dolls house needs a home!
Edel
1:26 PM on November 20, 2017 
How could you possibly stop looking Val? You might miss the one house you absolutely HAVE to have (as well as all the other lonely ones). This is gorgeous, I think I wouldn't have been able to resist either ;-)

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