Sunday, September 15, 2013

My newest Keystone of Boston doll house....

This is my newest Keystone of Boston dollhouse...Keystone #31 for me. 

This house looks a little sad, doesn't it? You probably wonder why I would buy such a sad little house....because it is a Keystone of Boston, my favorite American dollhouses!

I had never seen this little house before and had to ask friends if they thought it was a Keystone of Boston.  They concurred, and it came to live with my other little houses.

This house dates from around 1936; it is 26" wide and...... friend brought it to my attention that it bears a resemblance to my largest Keystone house above, at 36" wide. 

In addition to the 5 windows on the front, this house has 2 windows on each side panel. The openings are not large enough to house the metal diamond-paned shutters that are found on the larger house.  It may have had plastic inserts with silk-screened mullions, possibly in similar diamond-paned design to go with the Tudor theme. 
It looks like it is missing window frames on the lower level, although there are no indications that there was ever anything attached.  
I am happy that it has the original chimney,
although they are not too hard to recreate.....

...and the original porch steps.
The door surround is another problem, and will require some research.

I am totally in love with the interior graphics in this house. I have not seen these before, although I am sure some of Keystone's  older houses probably had them. I will need to recreate the graphics on the upper and lower interior walls when I make them.
Yes, it is missing the second floor, but I have replaced quite a few second floors!
Here are some close-ups of the wonderful graphics:

....the green side,

...the blue side,
....and the wonderful kiddie-themed room!

I think the water stains around the lower floor will be the hardest to repair.  A friend shared with me that Mr. Clean, or other brand Easy Erasers, were good for cleaning these little houses. They are usually gentle with the old surfaces, but sometimes cause crazing in the paint.
If you have a model of this Keystone house, or have seen a picture of it, I am hoping you will share information that will help me to bring this wonderful old house as close to it's original state as possible. Look for it again this time next year!


  1. What a nice house =) I really like the interior graphics too. I'm so glad you will try to restore it, I wish you good luck =)

    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Hannah!

  2. That's a great house Florine, I'm glad that you brought it home and will bring it back to life!

  3. I've only seen about two of these lovelies, in various state of disrepair, but they are undefiably super sweet, no matter their state. And the interior graphics, have never seen those. You are a lucky girl! Closest I can find is pg.37 in Dollhouse & Furniture Advertising 1880-1980s by Dian Zillner. Best wishes!! -S

  4. Thanks for the suggestion... I will check them out!

  5. I recently acquired a Keystone dollhouse like your 36" model. Except the door and the staircase are missing. Do you know what the original door and staircase looked like on this model?

  6. My 36" house has both the stairs and the front door. If you will email me at I will be happy to send you pictures of both and measurements. cheers!