OF COURSE AT THIS PRICE, IT HAS TO BE A DOLL HOUSE! THIS RARE AND CHARMING DOLL'S HOUSE FROM 1850 WILL BE AUCTIONED BY CHORLEY'S AUCTIONEERS AT PRINKNASH ABBEY PARK IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE IN ENGLAND ON 28 NOVEMBER 2013.
This is the ultimate toy for your darling daughter circa 2013!
A fine early Victorian doll's house, furnished beautifully
with traditional furnishings is to be sold by Chorley's on
Thursday 28th November and will be the centre stage in a
magnificent collection of late 19th/early 20th century toys,
dolls and games.
Looks like ordinary 3 storey house but this is a doll house
This is how it looks like when the facade is removed
Looks like a typical, old fashioned kitchen but these are miniature jugs and utensils!
Having tea in the parlour
Dining table of a well off Victorian home
Exquisite living room laid out for tea
The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, has owned
the doll's house since the early 1970s, and a lifetime of
collecting has created the outstanding collection of toys
and dolls in the sale. It includes many very rare items
such as an intriguing Schoenhut circus, a French papier
mâche Punch and Judy, rare bisque and other French,
German and English dolls, early tin plate toys including a
working model of Bleriot's plane with original cardboard
propeller and beautiful sets of miniature figures, possibly
The doll's house (estimate £10,000-15,000) has an entrance
hall with kitchen and laundry on the ground floor, the
first floor boasts two exceptionally well-furnished
reception rooms with two equally well laid-out bedrooms
on the second floor and even the attic rooms are furnished
in a style that would have been acceptable in the 1850s.
The house was made in 1850 by Mr and Mrs Newton of
Liverpool for their daughter Emma when she was 6 years
old. Mr Newton, a lawyer, was a keen amateur carpenter
and it was he who designed and made most of the
furniture and the house itself. Mrs Newton, meanwhile,
made all the furnishings and the bedclothes.
The dolls, china, utensils and some of the more elaborate
furniture were 'mass' produced in Switzerland and
Germany and at that time were added to the doll's house
during the family holidays abroad. Everything is to scale.
The doll's house moved to Askham Richard, Yorkshire,
when Emma Newton married the Rev. Usher Miles and
was much loved and played with by their five daughters.
On the death of her husband in 1912, Mrs Miles moved to
Cheltenham where the doll's house remained until her
death in 1931, when a home was found for it with her
second son, Dr William Miles at Bewdley, Worcestershire.
When he in turn died in 1953, the doll's house came to
Gloucester and was in the possession of his eldest
daughter, Mrs Pauline Taylor until 1972, when it passed to
the present owner.
The owner wishes the doll's house and contents to remain
as one and not split up so Chorley's are offering the lot as
a whole for sale by informal tender against an asking price
of between £10,000-15,000, with all bids to be submitted by
3pm on Thursday 28th November 2013.
Almost all the toy collection is in original condition and
was collected to create a toy museum, which
unfortunately never happened, but the boxes and boxes of
children's playthings, housed by this collector for over half
a century, would have been played with by children over
the previous 100 years.
Tuesday, 26th November, 9am-5pm
Wednesday 27th November, 9am-5pm
Thursday, 28th November, 8.30am-10.30am
For further details regarding the sale please contact
Catrin Hampton on 01452 344499, email on
email@example.com or view the fully illustrated online
catalogue from early November at
The Dining Room
Exterior view of doll’s house