Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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I have been a collector on a meagre budget for some years now and my collection consists of  Amersham and Triang Houses,  you budget girls out there will know that you need patience, sharp craft knives and a good dustpan and brush to survive!

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Reply Joan
11:02 AM on October 12, 2011 
Hi Ali,haven't seen you on here for ages! I'm still loving my little dog!
Reply Di Davies
4:39 AM on December 2, 2009 
Hi. I don't think it's a toy museum as such, just about the town, but I believe toys are featured. The museum has a website. Cheers. Di.
Reply Joy .
4:09 AM on November 30, 2009 
Hello Ali, I know amersham quite well but had never heard of the toy museum. I will make a point of visiting when I get the chance. I`m afraid I had not even heard of Amersham houses until I joined this site.
Thanks for your message, Joy.
Reply Di Davies
4:02 PM on November 29, 2009 
Thanks Ali. I look forward to seeing the children papers. Take care. Di.
Reply Joy .
6:45 AM on November 28, 2009 
Thanks for the message, Ali. I`m a cat person, too. I savad this photo, [Hope you don`t mind] hough I could only get it small. Makes me smile every time I see it.
Must be fascinating , conserving old houses. I would like to have a go - if I ever finish what I am doing with Lundby and time and my own meagre budget permit. Were Amersham houses made in Amersham?- and do you know where the museum is? Best wishes, Joy.
Reply Di Davies
1:13 AM on November 28, 2009 
Hi Ali. I was pleased to get your message. I think you'll find the metal labels are oldest, but I'm not positive. My first dolls house was an Amersham. I was 5 years old and 'Father Christmas' bought me one. it was of course second-hand, but I had no idea and just loved it. My parents had seen a post-card in a shop window advertising it and my dad went to pick it up. He strapped it on the back of his moped and drove across Slough with it like that. It must have looked odd. Anyway, I'm guessing that the base was a bit scratched because he painted it sky blue - which of course hid the label, so I never did know that it was made by the Amersham toy company. I had that house for many years , but my daughter wasn't interested in it and eventually I gave it to away. Of course I could kick myself now! It was a little house from the 'Uplands' series. Anyway, when I started collecting and renovating a couple of years ago I saw a picture on an auction website and there was a house, just like my old one. That prompted me to find out more about Amershams, which we all know is a bit of a problem.
As I began to search ebay the occasional Amersham would come up and I eventually bought a little one which I think may have come from 1930s, and then two 'Green Gables' - one of which had already been renovated and the other, which I am working on. A couple of months ago I found a little 'Uplands' house on an antiques website. It was all forlorn and covered with horrible mustard-coloured paint and brick paper. The usual amount of white gloss had been slapped on as well. I felt so sorry for this little house that I emailed the owner of the site, explained that I'd like to buy the house, but that it would take me weeks/months to renovate and made him an offer. He accepted and the little house became mine. I have stripped off all the awful old stuff and am going to start decorating soon. One of the members put on some of the old tulip-patterned Amersham paper so I'm going to print that off and use it, as I know 'Uplands' were decorated with this.
I'm glad you like my old papers. You are very welcome to print them and use them. I don't know if you read the post I did at the time, but I bought the house they were in for spares. I really don't like to do that, but the house was very dilapidated and very over-painted. I started to pick some newer paper off that had been the result of children re-decorating years ago, and lo and behold, underneath was the lovely old paper you see in the photos. I have decided to keep the house and renovate it when I have time.
I am so glad to hear that you will post photos of the nursery paper. I have always wanted to have that one and look forward to seeing it on the website. I know that I wold use it in my 1930s Amersham.
I plan to visit the Amersham toy museum one day in the future. Apparently, it has a section on the Amersham Toy Company. As you say, the company is difficult to research and I think Marion has done a wonderful job.
Well, as you can see Ali, I can talk Amersham's for hours. Please keep in touch and perhaps we can meet up sometime at one of the dolls house fairs. Cheers. Di.
Reply Di Davies
12:49 PM on November 27, 2009 
Hi Ali. I'm a lover of Amersham's too. I was bidding for one a few months ago on ebay (which I didn't get) and another interested bidder emailed to seller to say that she had several Amersham's and was writing a book about them. I asked the seller if she would ask the bidder to contact me, which she agreed to do, but the writer of the book never got back to me. I think her name was Liz. Does this ring a bell with you. I'm only asking because, if this person is going to publish a book on Amershams, I'd love to read it! I own 4 Amershams; one that someone else renovated and 3 in various stages of renovation by me. Cheers. Di.
Reply ColaE:n
10:31 AM on October 21, 2009 
What a fun picture... Does the cat do humans to?
I am up for a cat spa treatment / :o) Cola
Reply Joy .
11:11 AM on October 13, 2009 
Hello Ali, I absolutely love your cat picture, Joy.