My Dream Dollhouse

Hi, I am Sumaiya Mehreen and you are welcome to my Dollhouse. Here you will find some of the dollhouse miniatures that catch my fancy! Feel free to email me at smehreen@gmail.com if you want me to showcase YOUR favorite dollhouse on this blog!

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

German Antique Dollhouse


I saw this lovely German Dollhouse on eBay last week. This dollhouse was purchased by the seller's grandmother a long time ago. The dollhouse, she was told, was built for a granddaughter, “Gerda”, and there is a sign on the house that says “Villa Gerda”. On the window of the main door to the house, it reads, “Gerda Doll, Weihnachten 1932”.



This three story house has two beautiful staircases that wind to the floor above. These staircases are well built with wood that has a beautiful grain and the staircase walls are encased in wood also. There are handrails, banisters and it is detailed with realistic overhang of the treads over the wooden risers. The floors of these two rooms are made with the same wood as the staircase. The craftsmanship is wonderful in the house and is shown very much in the quality of the furniture!

Each room is nicely decorated with wallpaper and there are baseboards throughout the house. There are nine wood wrapped windows and cute brass adjustable curtain rods. The second floor has French doors opening out onto a balcony. There are also French doors on the main level from the middle room. The main entrance is behind the staircase on the main floor. Each of these doors has three wooden steps leading to ground level.



The furniture is amazing! Every piece has Gerda Doll's initials, the date (1932) and the family crest on them except for the hanging kitchen shelf with hooks, chase lounge, and black piano. It looks like they must have been painstakingly hand painted since each piece is unique, but it has a look of lithography since they are so finely detailed. The beds and the top of the table also show a uniformed man holding the crest with an animal on each side and with a banner along the bottom that says "Noblesse Oblige." as well as the date and initials. Everything is so beautifully decorated with tiny scrolled patterns. The drawers and doors work well on each piece of furniture. There are many gold finishing nails on everything. The furniture is not merely glued together, it is held together with hundreds of tiny little nails. Even the tiny drawers are nailed together. There are 31 pieces of furniture.



The sofa is upholstered in what looks like imitation chocolate brown leather with many tiny gold nails. There are two small shelves built into the back maybe for candlesticks.The two single beds have tufted red mattresses with a matching tufted pillow for each. Each bed also has two blankets, one is red and one is white. The white one is made to look like a feather tick. There is a red pillow with a white, lace-trimmed pillowcase for each bed also. These are so very darling and they look like they would be fun to crawl into if we were only the right size!



There is a sweet desk with seven shelves on top with a black desktop. There is a wonderful vintage metal candlestick phone that sits on it. The earpiece is removable and mouthpiece moves up and down. A black book entitled “A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.” is sitting on it. It says “Caxton Printers, Ltd.” inside and there is a picture of William Caxton on the inside. The pages are thread sewn in and have gold on the edges.


7 Comments:

Blogger Mincka said...

You bought something special! I m wondering what the history is of this house.
All pieces so well done.

Congratulations with your find on EBay.

Mincka - the Netherlands

Sep 9, 2007, 5:18:00 PM  
Blogger smehreen said...

Dearest Mincka :)
I only wish that I could have bought this dollhouse. It costs way beyond what I could ever afford. But I did the next best thing that I could: admire it and tuck away its memory in my dollhouse blog! :)

Sep 9, 2007, 8:07:00 PM  
Blogger No soy Job said...

Maravilloso y original. Con tu permiso, enlazo tu blog en el mio.

Raquel DeGamonal
http://nuestrasminis.blogspot.com

Sep 10, 2007, 5:40:00 PM  
Blogger smehreen said...

Querida Raquel,
Gracias para dejar su comentario. ¡Visité su blog y es muy precioso también!

Sep 10, 2007, 8:21:00 PM  
Blogger Mincka said...

O dear, i didn't read well.... I m so sorry - but you are right, when the money is low, admiring rises, isn't it. As you say the memory stais for ever in your blog ;-)

Sep 11, 2007, 7:28:00 AM  
Blogger Swantje said...

Hi, this house fabulous!
I think the furniture is a little bit older.
Be happy to have found this!

Feb 9, 2008, 12:15:00 PM  
Blogger Grandma's Attic - Toys and Treasures said...

This house is amazing! What a wonderful antique house to share! I thank you for posting it. Please feel free to stop in at my blog and view dollhouses that I and the ones that I have for sale---new and antique! Happy hunting...Louise
Grandma's Attic - Toys and Treasures

Oct 3, 2009, 12:31:00 AM  

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