Thursday, February 20, 2014
Kage furniture in a Keystone of Boston house.....
This is a Keystone of Boston dollhouse from 1939...one of their many English Tudor models. It is furnished with Kage furniture just like the Rich Tudor house in my previous post. This house has additional Kage pieces to share with you.
This small 4 room house is the perfect size for the Kage furniture. Kage did not make bathroom furniture, so this time I have used a Strombecker set of the same scale.
A former owner painted the interior of this little house with a neutral color paint and added a vintage wood-patterned linoleum to the bottom floor. I made a second floor for the one that was missing. The white flower box to the right of the front door came with the house...I added the red one, however, I have seen other models with tall shrubs on either side of the door.
New Kage items in the kitchen include the pantry and the large buffet. A smaller buffet is shown later in this post.
Several new Kage pieces are found in the living room...a piano, wall clock, flower stand, standing ashtray, coffee table, 2 lamps, and a log basket.
The lone Kage item in the bath area is the table holding the "electric" Strombecker heater....and actually it is the piano stool. J
Kage items found in the bedroom and not shown in my last post are the narrow 3 drawer chest, the larger 3 drawer chest with mirror attached, the newer model chair with spooled front legs, and the desk with drop down writing surface. The bed came with the coverlet and matching pillows, and although it is vintage fabric, I don't think it is original as it doesn't match the fabric attached to the bed frame.
(A unique thing about the Keystone of Boston houses with swing-out French windows, is the metal rods holding the window in the frame have extensions on the inside to hold the window curtains.)
The radio and grandfather clock were not used in either house.
The desk may be the only functioning piece Kage made....I added the desk blotter. Pianos were made in 2 sizes.
Two different size fireplaces Kage made....one with an unstained wood mantel. The one on the right looks brand new even though production ended in 1948.
Four different chest or vanity designs...there may be more!
Three table sizes with different legs, two sizes of buffets, 2 chair sizes with different leg designs.
I have several Kage sofas, but found that all of them were one of these 3 models.
Five different chair models. I actually have 2 with the same fabric! I think the chairs/sofas with the ball feet were the newer models...anyone know for sure?
Two different models of beds, each with the original fabric and pillows. Old English scratch cover does wonders for these great old pieces!
All of these pieces are in 3/4" to 1' scale. Did you know Kage also made 1 inch scale furniture? I have a few pieces....I will post about it later. J