Finding The Value Of Precious Metal Dollhouses

Written by Joan Bramsch

Finding The Value Of Precious Metal Dollhouses by Joan Bramsch copyright: 1999

Fromrepparttar publication Antique Trader Weekly

The art of creating miniature scenes and rooms has been traced and documented to ancient Egyptian times, this is according to a member of Tiny Talk, an internet Newsgroup comprised of almost 400 miniaturists from aroundrepparttar 116358 world, who exchange tips, swaps and mini help with each other. Several famous personalities have enjoyed collecting dollhouses, some of them torepparttar 116359 point of obsession. For example: inrepparttar 116360 early 18th century, Princess Augusta Dorothea von Schwarzburg-Arnstadt actually bankrupted her husband's estate and died in debt torepparttar 116361 Catholic Church, all to make 'Mon Plaisir,' a recreation of an 18th century German Court (Classic Dolls Houses, Faith Eaton). Furnished dollhouses were also used in long ago times by mothers to teach their daughters how to run an acceptable household. And yet, miniatures started out as a serious adult pastime and weren't included as children's toys until pieces were available commercially and so, as with all things, history repeats itself. Miniatures and dollhouses are again considered very collectible adult toys.

In Victorian times,repparttar 116362 houses were made from wood, then cardboard houses became quite popular. Later inrepparttar 116363 20th century, metal dollhouses came into vogue. Marx, Wolverine and Cohn were amongrepparttar 116364 producers ofrepparttar 116365 most popular models.

Twentieth Century Classics Louis Marx & Co., Inc. began business after World War II, producing wind-up mechanical toys and metal trucks and cars. In 1949,repparttar 116366 company produced its first metal dollhouse. Featured inrepparttar 116367 Sears Christmas catalog it was calledrepparttar 116368 'Disney' house, so named becauserepparttar 116369 cartoon characters were festooned alongrepparttar 116370 nursery walls. The 'Disney' had five rooms, garage and patio, and was fully furnished and electrified for only $4.98. Value today is $75-$100. For over 20 years, Marx made metal dollhouses, often usingrepparttar 116371 same model year after year. Painted in different colors and architectural design,repparttar 116372 house had several interchangeable components which could be mixed and matched to create different styles or sizes. In this way, they metrepparttar 116373 requirements of varied sale prices. The L-shaped ranch house was new in 1953 and sold inrepparttar 116374 Sears Christmas catalog for $7.29 furnished. Value today is $70-$100, unfurnished; $125- $150, furnished.

Marx's most expensive house appeared inrepparttar 116375 1962 Sears catalog. It featured dormer windows, an inside staircase, a ringing doorbell, lighting, a 'Florida' room complete with jalousie window, awnings, shutters and painted-on flower filled window boxes beneathrepparttar 116376 front windows, plus complete furnishings --all for $15.88. Boy, weren't thoserepparttar 116377 days? Present value is $100 plus.

Miniature Tropical Peacock Chair

Written by Joan Bramsch & Vicki Metzger

Miniature Tropical Peacock Chair

Materials needed: 1. 18-count needlepoint canvas, 2-inches square. 2. small piece heavy cardboard 3. small piece seatcover fabric or paint to match. 4. bunka or thin ribbon for trim.

Tools required: 1. Scissors 2. Tacky glue

Instructions: 1. Trace pattern onto another piece of paper so you don't have to cut original pattern from instructions.

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