When I first saw this house, I wasn't sure if it was a Keystone of Boston . I ticked off the characteristics of the Keystones....roof, chimney, door, and shutters looked like the ones Keystone produced in the 1940s. But the windows were large and empty while most of the Keystones during that period had the metal diamond-pane double windows that swung open. But it came to live with me, and for several years sat on the shelf with a blank look on its' face and a bit of Nancy Forbes furniture inside.
Then I saw this house on an auction site with pretty half windows and the original box that indicated it WAS a Keystone of Boston. I was glad that I had guessed correctly! But it still sat on the shelf....unloved...for many more months. Not long after, another collector contacted me through my Keystone dollhouse site telling me she had the same dollhouse and with hers came one of the original card windows. She was able to reproduce the windows/curtains and had them available on her Etsy site, TFTTreasures. Sally not only has the windows, but also the decorative covers for the curved stairs in the 1947-50 dollhouses! I believe she also makes the card insert for the Keystone fireplace for these same era homes, although it is not currently listed on her site.
What a difference finding the missing pieces
makes to this wonderful old dollhouse!
Although all of the orginal curtains were blue,
Sally makes them in red, green and yellow also!
I had fun decorating it....the furniture is by Strombecker, the lamp is Jaydon and the fireplace is Lynnfield-Blockhouse. I used a permanent black ink pen to create "hardwood" floors like other Keystones of the same time period. And since I had card curtains, I decided to add card pictures too!
More Strombecker furniture is found in the kitchen...
A chair and side table made by Kage sits in the corner, while the rest of the furniture is Strombecker. And I finally used the decorative stitches on my sewing machine...!
and Strombecker in the bathroom also!
...it is so nice to find the missing pieces!
Thank you , Sally!