Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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


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Hi, there, I'm a Kiwi who loves everything old. When I was a child, my beloved English grandmother sent me Barton and Lundby furniture for the dolls house my dad built for me, as there was very little available in NZ. When I discovered I could keep on collecting on ebay, there was no hope for me! I've just bought an old 1924 DH/D on ebay and am hoping to get some help with restoring it, and will post pix soon. It is in need of a lot of loving care, still has remnants of the roofing paper on the roof and the red brick paper on the back. Inside, I think most of the old wallpaper was stripped and new wallpaper added. There is a vintage fireplace on the ground floor but I am not sure it was original to this house. Some of the original dark green paint on the front door is peeking through. The floors still have some of their parquet paper. The chimney and shutters have gone, unfortunately but it has a lot of charm!

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Reply Poppet
1:03 PM on June 21, 2013 
Hi Jane you probably dont need this help now as your post was in feb! but you were asking about how to protect your paper for the floor, for future reference my suggestion would be to spray it with a really good quality fixative. I prefer Loxley which is the choice of many artists and photographers, but first I would stick it to a piece of card to fit perfectly into your room then spray it and lay it. Id recommend this for anything fragile or just to hide dodgy walls or wiring and I swear by Loxley and card support. Poppets dolly bits is my little wallpapers empire so I know this does help...maybe for next time anyway....Im a bit late this time i think lol :)
Reply Kate Masheder
9:14 AM on July 25, 2012 
The Stockbrokers look wonderful - lots of rooms to fill! I can understand why you're looking forward to it arriving.
Reply 12Create
10:32 PM on January 24, 2012 
Hi Jane. Thanks for your lovely message. I would love to see your collections. I had a look at the photos you have posted and you have some lovely houses. The photo of the house with my profile is my first purchase. I have sent photos to be put in the Mystery House section but they are not there yet. I have also just purchased a rather sad looking Triang 50 to see if I can restore it. When I did miniatures years ago I had no desire to collect old houses and items, but I suspect it is now going to become a passion, especially after looking at some of the lovely houses on this site.
Reply frisco
2:23 AM on September 2, 2011 
Thanks, Jane it really was total chance, had been thinking for a few years as I never had one as a child(tomboy)so had no idea they they were so popular, just spent the day yesterday with fine sandpaper and wood filler (woodworm) and the night trying to reproduce the wallpaper as only so much can be saved,but the grandchildren arrive today, for a few days of us giving mum and dad a rest, so there won't be much done as one is only 3 and the other 10months and they do want to help!!! will post other photo's as work progresses

.......good luck with your renovations
Reply frisco
10:46 AM on August 29, 2011 
thank you Jane, I think I have a lot to do but I will enjoy, I think you have much the same work as me/my roof has been replaced at some point (a lot of woodworm) so think I need to put 2 peaks above each window to be in keeping with style and age, still to decide about interior think perhaps arts and crafts would be about right but many posibilities
Reply lallyp
6:36 AM on May 6, 2011 
I, of course mean't forward! It's wood worm gone to my head.
Reply lallyp
6:34 AM on May 6, 2011 
Hi, Jane. you do know that doll's houses are addictive, don't you? As for E-bay, well what temptarion ! I am now on first name terms with my Postman! Look forwood to your pictures, it is such fun to see what gems other people have bought.
Reply Jane
7:10 AM on June 24, 2010 
Thank you both for the warm welcome. The only other dolls house I have is the one my dad made for me but I have been collecting a lot of furniture! I was thrilled to see you had a DH/D too, Rebecca, it looks wonderful. You still have your beautiful lion's head door knocker and chimney -- alas, I don't, and what I think is a Triang fireplace is missing its grate and mantelpiece but maybe I'll be able to replace them.

Unfortunately there are very few old houses available in NZ so I don't expect to get many (if any) more. I was lucky with the DH/D -- for once the seller was willing to post overseas and it was small enough to make this possible. I am so thrilled with it, it is a bit of a wreck but a venerable wreck!
Reply Joan
5:14 AM on June 24, 2010 
Hi Jane,welcome from me too!I look forward to seeing your album.
Ebay is brilliant isn't it? My collecting has a whole new dimension now I'm on line!
Reply Rebecca Green
3:37 AM on June 24, 2010 
Hello Jane, nice to have you here! And extra nice that you were the one who bought the DH/D, and we can share the restoration with you :-)
I bought a DH/D on Australian ebay last year. I still haven't finished the outside, but just repapered and furnished the inside - you can see the photos in my album. Look forward to seeing yours - do you have other dolls houses too?