Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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hi everyone

i started making minatures about 2yrs ago, it all started when me and my wife ann went on a barge for a week (loved it)! anyway i've always made model kits but i couldn't find any model barges, well i found 1 but i didn't like it much, so i decided to make one myself, Ann made the soft furnishings, then it progressed to minature houses, we love tudor. this project is our 3rd,

we've made another tudor (smaller 1/24th) and a 1960s mock tudor pub, i love going into tudor buildings and taking photos (asking first) then making it to our own design. i think people who have shown their models are very clever and i get some great ideas from these sort of web sites, hope to put a short video on soon.

many regards mark

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Reply Joan
5:28 AM on May 4, 2012 
The original Alice Villa is 12" wide x 7.5" deep x 20" high.
The one I made is 15" wide x 11" deep x 24" high.
I also have a minute replica Alice Villa 1.75" wide x 0.75" deep x 2.75" high.
I don't own the original,it was way out of my price bracket.I'll tell you the story.
In 2002 the magazine article appeared.I had made a Victorian style house but also acquired quite a bit of old dolls house things which were too big for the 12th scale so I made Alice Villa 2 to house them.I have a friend in USA through this site and she asked me to send her photos of all my houses one by one with their story.I sent photos of my Alice Villa and she loved it,thought it was old at first! Then when I looked on ebay , there was the original!!! I sent her the link so she could see it and the next morning it was sold......I just knew it was her!!!! I would have loved to have owned both of them but am very happy that there is now a link between the 2 houses.I had already been in touch with the original owner and when she heard the story of how my replica sold the real one she very generously sent me a tiny replica (these were fetching 50+ on ebay).Now the tiny one lives in my Edwardian house.
Reply Joan
1:22 PM on May 2, 2012 
There are 2 Alice Villas,the one you are talking about is the original,dating from the mid 1880s which a friend in USA bought from Jill Shapiro recently.The second Alice Villa is acopy I made when I fell in love with the original featured in "International Dolls House News" in 2002.
Reply Joan
11:03 AM on May 2, 2012 
What a brilliant joint effort your Tudor house is!I would have left more comments but every time I had to decipher those silly codes!
What I want to say is this,I'm not really a fan of Tudor dolls houses,not till I saw yours.It is more of a miniature replica of the real thing than a dolls house......another level altogether!!!! I am blown away by your skill and attention to detail.
Well done you two!!!! No-one would believe you had only been at it for 2 years!