Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A 1938 Keystone with a garage.....

 This is a Keystone of Boston dollhouse produced in 1937-38. 
It is one of their enhanced models with wooden shutters 
on the second floor as opposed to the shutters that 
are painted on above the garage doors, and wooden 
pine trees on either side of the front door. 
I'm wondering if the blue roof originally matched 
the bright blue on the shutters and garage door.

It is filled with many brands of furniture, not all identifiable.

It is the home of Jim and Gloria Stewart 
and their daughters Julie and Kathy.

 Julie and Kathy play quietly in their room.....

and dad sits patiently in his chair while mom gets ready
 for their family portrait for a holiday greeting card.

And here it is!  Such a happy little family! 

The Stewart's lovely home has five rooms.....
 ...the living room, with stenciled/silk screened "wallpaper" in lavender, 

 the kitchen with "wallpaper" in green, 

 the parent's bedroom, 

 the bedroom of Julie and Kathy, 

and the bathroom located over the garage. 

The living room chairs, end tables and corner shelf are German made. The end tables and corner shelf are what is referred to as German Red-Stain and thought to have been produced by several German manufacturers during the 1920-30s. 

 The sofa may be from Schoenhut's 1930 production line, originally in a "Natural Wood Finish Not Varnished" or possibly from a line of furniture imported from Germany at the same time. More information on Schoenhut's complete line of dollhouse furniture can be found in 
by Patty Cooper, in soft cover or instant PDF download. 

 My chairs were originally a natural wood finish like the chair in the middle, but German manufacturers also sold the chair upholstered like the chair on the right. 

 The Schoenhut book indicates that both size sofas 
where available around 1930, with the smaller sofa 
being available in aqua or orange. 
My sofa, with a set of chairs, arrived painted black.

I am particularly fond of German Red-Stain pieces.
The lamp is Schoenhut from their initial production line of 1928. 
I was lucky to find a stock of vintage unpainted lamps on Ebay. 

I love the
shape of 

      The kitchen.....unknown appliances, 
                         Lynnfield breakfast nook and table, 
                                          and Schoenhut cabinet in green.

Kitchen appliances, known among my 
dollhouse collector friends as "favorite kitchen".

This page from a Grandmother Stover's catalog
indicates that these kitchen appliances were
made in Chicago exclusively for Marshall Field. 

This Lynnfield breakfast nook, table and chairs, circa 1940,  
is not in the best of condition, but still a lovely set.

Sally Ann wrote her name under the table 
which is also stamped Made in U.S.A.

The china cabinet is found in the Schoenhut catalog of 1930 
and was part of the dining room set produced 
for their Apartment House Rooms. 

Both American and German furniture 
is found in the parent's bedroom. 

This furniture is not marked for manufacturer. However,  I have a larger dresser, in the same unusual pink color, with matching legs and exact mirror spindles, that is marked Germany. 
I have also seen this set in pale yellow and pale blue.

The chest is Schoenhut from their 1930 line. 
The chair is not marked, but resembles upholstered furniture made by Vinnie Doll House Furniture and Wee Dollhouse Furniture that was produced late 1930s thru 1940s. 
The carpet is one of those wonderful Japanese made 
furniture doilies so popular with dollhouse collectors.

 Julie and Kathy's room is decorated in pink, blue and ivory. 

 These sweet little beds, missing their unattached 
bedspreads, are marked Wee Dollhouse Furniture. 
The bedside table is Strombecker.

The hand painted dresser and chair are circa 1920s, either American or German, and have a matching bed that came with the set. The toy chest is Strombecker.

This wooden bath set was featured in the 1951 Chestnut Hill catalog and also in the 1961-62 Mark Farmer catalog with the kitchen furniture shown above. 
The hamper is part of the Strombecker line. 

This delightful scale was produced in 1935 by Strombecker.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Schoenhut Neighbors

Emma and Granger Page are eager to meet
 their new neighbors  Ranya and Sanjay Chowdhury, 
who recently immigrated to the United States 
from his native country of India. 

Emma and Granger introduce themselves to Sanjay and Ranya
 and invite them to visit their home.

While Ranya admires the fresh flowers Emma just picked 
from her garden, and Sanjay and Granger discuss 
whatever it is men discuss when they get together....

...Emma brings freshly baked cookies from the kitchen. 
Ok, that's the story. Let's get on with learning 
about the Schoenhut dollhouses and the furniture.

These two houses are the smallest of my six Schoenhut dollhouses. I can blame this particular collection of houses on Carol Morehead for suggesting I get a Schoenhut dollhouse for my Schoenhut dollhouse furniture when I posted about it back in 2010. Both of these houses were made between 1931-1934, and are from the Schoenhut inexpensive line of heavy cardboard dollhouses with plastic windows, wooden floors and wooden support beams. 

This house, with the centered front door and four rooms, measures 17½” x 10½” x13½”. 
It has the original curtains that came with it. 

This house was originally electrified but the equipment is no longer in working order. 
That will happen when you cut the electrical cord. 

The living room furniture - chairs, sofa and library table - are from set 6/1 of Schoenhut's 1931 line of dollhouse furniture. The fireplace was part of the Apartment House Rooms set 5/29F Living Room introduced in 1930. The radio, missing the top board, 
was part of the set 6/21 Living Room introduced in 1933.
French fèves decorate the mantle.  
Not sure how that Strombecker lamp was included...I don't drink during the day. 

I have only one chair matching this pale yellow set....
that certainly means that Granger must stand when having meals.

The kitchen set, 6/523, was a new design produced 
by Schoenhut in 1933. Schoenhut described it as "canary". 

The light fixture hangs low enough that Granger 
sometimes bangs his head on it in the middle of the night.

This is Set 154 Bathroom from the 1934 Schoenhut line.

Granger is trying to remember why he came to the bedroom. 
That happens often as one ages. Or drinks. 

The twin beds and bedside table are from set 6/5 Bedroom line produced in 1931, 
while the dresser is from set 6/5 Bedroom line produced in 1932.  
The paper used to resemble bed covers was missing and has been replaced.
The chair is a Kage product and all lamps are Strombecker.   

All the curtains came with the house. They were originally pleated, 
but then I laundered them and now they are not.

Granger and Emma Page are German Caco dolls from the 1950-60s.

This slightly smaller Schoenhut dollhouse measures 16” x 9½” x 13” 
with a front door situated to the side. It also contains four rooms. 

This is how it looked when I purchased it from Ebay. It is evident that it had paper attached...most likely in a brick design. It has taken me several years to decide how I wanted to restore it. I chose this paper from Itsy Bitsy Mini thinking it would go with the red roof and green shutters. Well it didn't. So I ended up painting the roof green. 
I also wallpapered the interior to cover the stains from many years of play. 

I found this picture of a Schoenhut house on Ebay several years ago.  
I think my house must have looked similar when new. 

Four rooms decorated as bedroom, bath, living room and kitchen dining room combo. 

I've furnished this house with Jaymar Specialty Company Happy Hour dollhouse furniture circa 1933. Jaymar was associated with the toymaker Louis Marx and Company. 
Five rooms of this furniture were produced in a ¾” to 1’ scale with an Art Deco look. 

 In red and black, simple lines and no moving parts....
included were sofa, chairs, end tables, lamps,

 library table, grandfather clock and a floor lamp. Orange and red and black...nice combo. 

I've combined the kitchen and dining room furniture and hung the curtain crooked.

The kitchen included a stove with top oven, a two-legged sink, a hutch, a kitchen table and one chair in a bright yellow with black trim. A carpet sweeper was included with the kitchen set.

The dining room came in green with black designs that included a dining room table made in the same style as the library table, a buffet, and four chairs. 
A pair of black candle holders with orange candles were part of the original set.

Notice that the Happy Hour furniture is the perfect size for this small house!

The bedroom furniture includes twin beds, a bed side table and a dresser. Also included but not with my set was an orange and green table lamp and a pair of orange and black candle sticks. 

All of the curtains in this house were printed on colored index paper. I included an extra dresser and dining room chair for the lady of the house to use as a vanity.

My bathroom collection contains the necessary pieces. Jaymar also included a bathroom stool and two towel bars. The commode lid there is a moving part to the Jaymar collection!

Ranya and Sanjay  Chowdhury are Dol-Toi dolls in national dress made in United Kingdom in 1960. These dolls came to me as a pair but representing different countries. And now they have immigrated to America....and are accepted and welcomed in my Dollhouse Village!

All the information on the Schoenhut dollhouse furniture comes from 
Schoenhut Dollhouse Furniture 1928-1934 by Patty Cooper. 
It can be found on the website in softcover or instant PDF version. 

Information on the Jaymar Specialty Happy Hour furniture was found in 
Antique & Collectible Dollhouses and Their Furniture by Dian Zillner and Patty Cooper.