Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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Hi, I am the mother of Emma, who has also just joined as a member and is restoring the DH/11. I have been married for 31 years and also have a son Oliver. 

 I am the 2nd to youngest of a family of five, Two older sisters (had an older brother) and a younger sister. I've always understood my aunt who was a nanny bought the dolls house into the family. I always remeber seeing the dolls house and in time played with it a lot with my immediate older sister ( she is four years older then me, my eldest sister been 10 years older then me, I am now 57 6years old). The dolls house was well loved and Heather and I wecre responsible for painting it lilac and for the Lino on the floor. The house had cardboard shutters by the side of some windows , which we recently removed. Originally all the lilac paintwork was the dark green. The side cimney is intact but was removed by a family member because they were storing it and the chimney was large and got in the way. The kitchen with the blue sideboard is original, it didn't have any other fixtures apart from the fireplaces and doors, however it came with a chandelier which hangs in the hall, this we still have along with numerous furniture, ranging from tin furniture to plastic, depending on the person who was playing with the house at the time and the era. The house over the years has passed onto various nieces and nephews who have all played with it but recently due to storage etc we have taken the house back and Emma is now the owner. I greatly look forward to learning like her more about the house, (it does have a lock and key also original). In our defence to the state of the house, all I can say is.. It's passed through a large number of families and been played with by numerous children and has been well loved.



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Reply Rebecca Green
8:55 AM on January 23, 2015 
Hi Jennie, no, Mum was always Jennie, never Jennifer. She was christened with other names, as someone told my grandfather that Jennie wasn't a proper name, but she was still called by that all her life, and later added it by deed poll. She didn't like being called Jennifer by people who thought that must be her real name!
Reply Rebecca Green
7:48 PM on January 21, 2015 
Hi Jennie, welcome to the site! My mother spelt her name as you do - it's nice to see another Jennie! As I think I mentioned to Emma, some collectors are purists and would want to restore the house to its original condition, others are happy to keep some changes made long ago, that are now part of the history of the house. I would probably keep the lino, as I like seeing evidence of how the house was played with and loved - and for your family, it makes this house unique to you, and part of your family history. I'm not sure I'd keep the lilac paint - but definitely don't feel there's any need to remove all evidence that your family has played with and loved this house.