Dolls' Houses Past & Present

A website and ezine about dolls' houses: antique, vintage and modern. Plus furniture and accessories.

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Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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I love collecting old dolls houses and  and researching information on their history ,makers,furniture and furnishings.

I enjoy meeting other collectors and sharing photographs of my houses and the process of restoration. 

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Reply Nick
1:37 PM on June 10, 2016 
Dear Marel hope you are well hope to hear from you soon

Reply Mario Herrada
4:20 PM on April 25, 2012 
Hello Marel,
Thanks for your offer. I purchased the house in February 2003 from a dealer who sold his wares at an antique mall called Antique Trove in San Carlos, California. I supect he made the purchase in England in 2002. I do not have the date. He told me it came from an estate sale and thought the doll's house was from Wigan.

It has always been my belief that it was built as a model for a civic building. I intend to complete the interior into a 1920's public library.

Any information you may come across would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,
Reply hev
1:03 PM on January 15, 2012 
Hi, it is nice to hear from you. No the dolls house was not a family one, i bought it at an auction. It probably came from a house clearance. my email is
I got rid of the modern dolls house and am doing an old one instead.
Reply hev
12:59 PM on February 26, 2011 
i havent logged on for ages, i am not that great on the computer, but i have 3 sons who can help me. i did have difficulty putting the photo on, i tried several times and then it went on but wether i can get another on is debatable
Reply Joan
11:48 AM on February 25, 2011 
Hi Marel, she told me all about it when we were there.Unfortunately she's not very good on the computer which is why I took the pictures and put the album on for her.We had a lovely day out and Mary is lovely.She took us in to her bungalow to see the latest house that she was renovating.She's a great cook too and gets up early every day and bakes for the cafe.
Reply Frances
1:40 PM on October 25, 2010 
Hello, thanks for your message. I'm not very proficient at uploading photos but I'd probably improve if I did it more often. I have a Picture Trail site with a few of my houses on it but they are a bit old now - still, better than nothing if you'd like a peep
I have enjoyed your album, I must get round to doing mine; feel I'm slacking! Frances
Reply Béatrice DASSONVILLE
2:10 PM on March 22, 2010 
Dear Marel,
I was happy too, to meet you in Cobham. I still have not made pictures of all the lovely (little) items , I have bought, and I'll try to do it tomorrow, and to share the pictures with you.
I have brought the rain in South of France :)
Reply Gillian Cummins
8:17 AM on March 2, 2010 
Hi Marel,
glad to hear you are pleased with the items you bought on ebay. I have replied to your enquiry about the clock direct. Check your spam if you don't receive.
Reply Anne Brown
2:19 PM on November 1, 2009 
Hello Marel, I have posted some more pics of my house along with my 11 pound girl sitting on top of it.
Reply Joan
9:53 AM on October 30, 2009 
I love your little house!
Reply Francess Jones
8:23 AM on October 11, 2009 
Hi, please see photos just loaded, particularly My DH10 will have more pictures soon.
Reply Maria
4:27 AM on September 30, 2009 
Hope you had a great time at the doll fair and found lots of treasures! Maria
Reply Maria
4:48 AM on September 10, 2009 
Hi Marel, So sorry I've taken so long to get back to you. I'm in Merseyside. Hope you are having a good day. Maria
Reply christine jaeger
6:33 AM on September 8, 2009 
i'm glad you liked my wallpapers, marel. you are quite welcome to have some if you'd like. i can't use it all,so it would be nice for others to enjoy!!!
Reply Holly
2:55 PM on July 10, 2009 
Hi Marel, what wonderful old wallpapers, thanks so much for letting Wendy post them to the site they are super!!
Reply swantje
2:20 PM on July 10, 2009 
Hi, all my book are bilingual (German/English)
Of course you can buy it here.
Reply Dolls House Restoration
8:36 AM on July 2, 2009 
could you email me your wallpaper collection -
many thanks
Reply Guy Steeds
11:36 AM on June 11, 2009 
I certainly do remember the house and never seen one like it since!
Had a most enjoyable time looking at your other houses
Best wishes