Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Hello! Thank you for the nice compliment Christine. Yes, this house is just full of one doll family's happy gathering. I don't usually use "new" dolls but I love how detailed these dolls are and how they animate a house with all the busy things they are doing, saying and the way some of them even seem to add motion to the room they are in. They were not expensive and I think they look perfect in this home. Usually I collect only period, vintage and antique dollhouse dolls.
To answer Christine's question, I bought actually FOUR houses from Constance King. (I forgot that my large Silber & Fleming house came from her too!) The Stockbroker-- below, the Tri-ang Princess Welsh house-- just previous on this blog, the Silber & F. large house, and a Lines house. The last two houses I have not yet placed on this blog. The Lines house is one of the smaller houses and is not too interesting as houses go but it is my ONLY Lines house so I was pleased to have it. The large Silber & Fleming house's photos were published in one of Ms. King's books and is a truly wonderful house. It has original Evans & Cartwright stoves in all four rooms and lovely antique furnishings. I'll post it someday here to share with everyone.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! I promise to post some of the FOR SALE items as soon as I can find the time on my other blog...watch for them.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Here is my early English Stockbroker house. A new friend, Carola Eriksson, asked for interior photos of my house so these are for everyone interested in the Stockbroker. Thanks for asking Carola!

I bought this house years ago while traveling in England from Constance King, a well-known miniature collector and author. She sold me three lovely houses that I've cherished for years.

My Stockbroker is all original and as far as I know the only things missing are the red and white strips of "window" coverings on all of the windows. I must make that a 2010 project! Does anyone have a sample of the fabric used? Or something similar? I'd love to see what a photo of what I should be looking for.

Welcome to the new "followers" I've not yet greeted. I promise to get busy and post some more "FOR SALE" items on my other "sales" blog. Keep an eye out for some wonderful bits! Happy Holidays...and here is to a wonderful 2010 to you all!

Here is the left side of my Stockbroker house! When cook is done with her meal prep there is always laundry to iron, floors to mop and of course she can always black the stove bits.
Notice the lovely old wooden cradle in the bedroom "bay" that a friend Liz found for me! The cozy "bay" makes me want to sit and read with a cup of tea. Next "bay" down in the kitchen does not "call" me...I've always hated ironing! (smile)

Well....here is a problem!
Papa is in his dressing gown getting ready to shave--or at least that is what he said he was off to do. Who is in the tub? Hummm...
Mama is in the bedroom with the children.....I can't think about it now! (Scarlet O'Hara from Gone With the Wind dealt with her troubles this way too--works for me!)
The papers are original and the wooden bathroom fixtures are German.

Here in the bedroom, the pace is a bit slower as Mama and the children relax a bit before going downstairs. The furniture is Tri-ang Queen Anne with the bed and arm chair "un-finished". It looks like someone perhaps stripped off the dark finish and I've never tried to replace it as yet.
The youngest is sitting in a carved ivory potty chair with a tray in front to play or eat on. This piece is OLD IVORY and when you turn it around, there is a tiny door with an ivory potty pan inside. The little baby girl is made of wax.
The older toddler is playing around in his "birthday suit" and doesn't know we're peeking in to see what is going on. He surely is entertaining his sister!

The kitchen is the workplace of the house. Cook is making a delicious meal while everyone enjoys themselves in other parts of the house. It looks like she was gathering fresh veggies from the house garden!
The papers are all original as is the kitchen dresser, sink and range. Most of the bits and pieces are English.

Here the central hallway of my Stockbroker gives a special "peek" inside this busy household. Maids deliver tea, children chat on the staircase and the lady of the house greets guests as they arrive. English pieces decorate the hallway and staircase, including a dinner gong and grandfather clock.

Here is the right side of my Stockbroker house. Everyone is busy as even more family arrive.

The gentlemen of the house have gathered in the upstairs lounge to talk politics and world news. The youngsters have metal toys to busy themselves with while boring conversation lulls at least one of them to sleep.
The settee is a Tri-ang Queen Anne, the other sofa a 1970's English sofa, and the center table and sideboard are most likely German.

The lounge "bay" has a fine soldier peering out of the upstairs window hoping to catch a glance of his young fiance as she arrives with her family. In the center is a Pit-a-Pat game table and radio. An Elgin chair and a sleeping Uncle complete this lazy lounge bay scene.

Here is the comfortable dining room where the ladies of the family are having tea. The room has all original papers and is furnished with Tri-ang's Queen Anne furniture. Other pieces are English.
(On the back left wall you can see where a previous young owner had placed a "sticker" on that wonderful plum and black and purple wallpaper!)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hello and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all the kind followers to my Grandma's Attic blog! You all make it so much fun to share my dollhouse collection with some of you who might never be able to come visit. Do remember that if you are ever coming to northern California that I would welcome your visit! How fun that would be! Please know that I just opened my FOR SALE blog to sell the miniatures, dollhouses and other collectibles that I've been talking about for some time. I am selling an estate of wonderful items so do become a follower on http://www.toysandtreasuresforsale.blogspot.com/ to keep up with what I list for sale. I will continue to add items as time permits. Sooooooo.....if Santa doesn't bring you what you're hoping for, do stop in and buy something wonderful for yourself! Happy Holidays! Louise

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I love old postcards and I decided to share one with all of my blogette friends! Here is a lovely Chrismas Greetings from Grandma's Attic - Toys and Treasurers.
Happy Holidays to you all! May Santa bring you all a special tiny treat this year! Hugs....Louise

Here is my Christmas room with a wonderful German Marklin tin fireplace, German red Schneegas wag-on-wall clock, piano and chair, Lynfield round coffee table, StromBecker footstool, fun 1930's clear candles in lucite (these were once earrings!), tiny Christmas mantle decorations in old celluloid and some nice period dolls all getting ready for Christmas.
From all of my dollhouses and me....may you all have a wonderful Christmas and holiday! Happy 2010 too! Thank you for stopping in to Grandma's Attic.....Louise

Friday, December 11, 2009

Here is the interior of my 1948 Keystone, Boston Massachuttes, USA house. All of Keystone's houses of this year sported the same wall "paper" interiors and general layout. Furnished with old pieces, it looks lived in and busy.

Has anyone every seen this dollhouse family before? I have collected for over 30 years and this is the only one I've found. They are made of rubbber and are bendable. The rubber is brittle now but they have wonderful painted features and look so "1940's"! Amazingly, the maid in the kitchen was not found with the original family. I found her years later but she is surely one of this doll's line. I'd love to know who made them, etc. Any ideas?

Here is the left side of this Keystone, Boston, Mass. USA The Birches. This photo shows the kitchen with it early 1930's StromBecker kitchen cabinets and kitchen table set. The rest of the rooms have a mix of older pieces.

Here is the right side of The Birches built by Keystone of Boston, Mass. in 1948. All the wall decor was the same in all of their various models of houses. This house is complete with fireplace, two-door closet in bathroom and curved staircase.
The furniture in the parent's bedroom is Lynfield and the living room is a mix of old pieces.

Keystone of Boston Massachuttes, USA made their wonderful Put-Away houses in 1949. This is the one-wing, smaller, version where the left kitchen room rolls on rollers inside the dining room for easy put-away storage. The larger version had two wings that rotated into the two center rooms. This house is entirely furnished with StromBecker USA furniture. Notice that the bathroom has a walk-in shower with the original plastic shower curtain. There is a built-in china cupboard in the dining room, a staircase and built-in kitchen cabinets. Wow! Grandma's wearing her fancy underware and Grandpa's sitting in the living room in his undies!! Either their up for a big night or its 110 degrees outside.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The tin stove is a lovely one with its original pieces still attached. There is a working resevoir water faucet on the back wall---probably what contributed to the watermarks on the floor papers at one time. Judging by all the different tin cookware, I bet alot of tasty dishes come from this kitchen!
I particularly love the wonderful old patina that the entire kitchen has. Everything looks so warm and cozy.

Just another view --looks like salami and cheese for lunch!

Here is my Gottschalk kitchen. I have always loved red and green in the kitchen so this one has a special place in my heart. The dolls are early and a matched pair.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I just found confirmation that the tall bookcase in the upstairs bedroom is Westacre-Yea!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

You would think I would get the "hang" of how these postings go...the first one done is the last one everyone sees!! I still haven't "gotten" it as you can read. Rebecca asked for more Westacre so here are pictures of the pieces I have.
Pictured: Westacre 4-poster bed, stuffed arm chair and I believe that the tall cabinet is also by that maker. If anyone has any info on that piece, I would love to hear about it.
The parlor pieces (next photo) are really fun: cane back/seat sofa, cane top small table, purplish stuffed arm chair and I think the green candlestick table is also Westacre. Does anyone know for sure?
I am looking to BUY WESTACRE if you have any for sale or know of anyone you does...
email teaqueen123@gmail.com Thanks!

The next four photos are especially for my blogette friend Rebecca!
These are photos of the Westacre pieces that I have in my collection to date. Someday perhaps I'll have alot more! Right. Even a few more would be wonderful!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Want to Buy: Westacre, England pieces!
I am interested in buying Westacre pieces of furniture, some of which are described in the article at left. I really need lamps-table and floor, bookcase and tables.
If anyone has Westacre FOR SALE I would love for you to email me at teaqueen123@gmail.com or just send me a photo and price at that address. I am trying to complete an English house.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Here is the lovely Welsh Princes house interior photos of my back-opening house. The bedroom has the wonderful Westacre 4-poster bed, arm chair and tall cabinet in it. There is a terrific old housemaid getting ready to tend the fire. There are Welsh Corgi dogs running around the house in various rooms and in the front garden....just like the one I have, Sweet William, who my grandchildren love.
All the pieces in this house are old and with the help of a good English friend, Liz, I have some pieces that make it look all the more inviting! I hope you enjoy the tour of my Welsh Princess House!

Here is the Welsh Princess House bathroom with the original papers, sink and tub. The toilet and medicine cabinet have been added. An old dresser and chair have also been added. The faucets were never on the tub or sink (nor on the kitchen sink) so I'm on the hunt to make sure there are some found and installed so my tiny Welsh occupants will be able to turn the water on!
The floor and wall papers in the entire house are all original and in great shape which is one reason I purchased this particular house. I love my houses to be as original as possible for I find that I can never effectively reproduce the patina. Enjoy!

Here is the center staircase going to the upstairs bedroom and bath. My little Welsh girl is playing with her cat on the stairs....I hope she doesn't tip and fall to the landing! Thanks to my husband, I recently had the house "sympathically" re-wired so all the rooms look so much more colorful than before there was light in each room. It is easy to see everything in them now! I love the soft glow from the old shades!

Here is the fun kitchen! Again, everything is English and old except for the little cast iron Kilgore USA wringer washer in the front corner.

Welcome to the interior of my lovely Welsh Princess house! The cottage is packed to the brim with bits and pieces...in the parlor there are some special Westacre pieces: a cane and wood sofa, stuffed arm chair, cane-top table and green chinese decorated cabinet. There are other wonderful old miniatures. Most of the furnishings are from England and nearly every piece is old

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Here is one of my very favorite dollhouses - the Triang back-opening Welsh "Princess" house! The thatcher is here today to fix the spotty thatch on the roof, the bee hive is buzzing and of course one of the ladies of the house is working in the garden! The house is completely original with no additions and the house itself just slides into the u-shaped landscaped garden and is not affected by it at all. Just like the playhouse for the young Princess Elizabeth, this house was made so all the little girls in the English kingdom could have the same house to play with. My great-grandparents came from Pontypool Wales so this house is very special to me. I purchased it while on a trip to England and had it shipped, along with two more houses, to California! Next posting I will put interior photos of this house up for you to visit!

Here is the charming entry to the Welsh cottage by Triang. Of course the little Welsh Corgi - Sweet William - dog is dressed in his walking coat and waiting for his tall black-hatted young mistress to take him for his daily morning jaunt.

On the right front of the Welsh "Princess House" there is the kitchen veggie garden! The side kitchen door opens directly into this practical garden spot. The veggies are eternally popping out of the ground and the green beans are always just ripe for picking!

Here is the final full front view of the lovely Welsh "Princess" House with gardens.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Here is the McLoughlin Bro. "Dolly's Play House," c. 1900. Notice that the interior is the same design as the house below but this one is a beautiful lithography while the other looks just "colored." Does anyone know about these two versions of what seems to be the same "house"?

Here are more Stevens & Brown USA cast iron pieces of furniture all done in a smaller scale than those pieces in the photos below. These pieces are the sleigh beds, sofa and low table in the downstairs parlor on the left.
The card interior design of this house is an exact match to that found in the wonderfully lithographed "Dolly's Play House" made by the McLoughlin Bro. USA c. 1900. Interestingly, this version looks older, not nearly as colorful or lithographed like that in the Dolly's Play House version. I have both of these houses.
It is my thought that perhaps this house's interior was sold first, or in addition to the other version. This not-as-colorful version of card interior must have been placed into this home-made wooden house to give it more support as the wood exterior is somewhat primitive. Does anyone know more about these two versions of interiors?

Here is a lovely old scene with the furniture made by the Stevens & Brown firm in USA. The furniture is heavy cast iron and many pieces have stenciled designs on seats and table-tops. The floor covering on the right is a reproduction of a painted canvas carpet and the other is a woven rag rug of unknown age. There are some interesting antique accessories in this room as well. Oh! Don't forget the shoo-fly pie on the stove--yum.

Here is a closer look at the kitchen side of the Stevens & Brown, USA kitchen. Enjoy!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Here are a few of the old dollhouse items that I have for sale. If you see anything interesting, just email and I can give you prices (if you can't read the ones in the photo) and I can send better pictures if you need them. All nice pieces! Enjoy!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween to all my friends in blog-land! I love this card! Enjoy! Whoooooooooo!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Here is my new Evans & Cartwright stove that my friend Liz (from The Doll House Diaries and The Washerwoman blog fame) found for me at a recent English dollhouse show. This is the "new" kitchen in my 1884 Charlotte's English house. It sorely needed the proper range and here it is! Now, I need to decide if it looks right like it stands or does it need to be installed inside a fireplace with mantle and chimney breast above it.
I'd love to hear what other collector's think, as to me it seems like it needs a chimney of sorts. I'm not as "up" on the old English kitchens so any input would be welcome! I hate to loose some of the plate rack but it would be fairly easy to install a mantle and chimney breast in the rear of the kitchen around the range I would think. Please let me hear your opinions as to what would look most appropriate! Thanks!

Here is another shot not as nicely done as the first, camera wise, but it shows the kitchen sink and drainboard. The kitchen dresser is in the bay window on the opening facade door. As you can see, I haven't installed curtains yet; something that I seem to always leave to last.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

NEED Help in figuring out who ADUA Candy shop was made by!

Here is the interior of the AUDA shop that I need help in identifying. The sign on the wall behind the counter says "Bonbon(e/s) ADUA Fins" . Scroll down to the next photo to view the maker's mark. Does anyone recognize who this might be? I"m assuming it is French but that is all I know.
I was noticing the style of the telephone on the counter at the right and the hairstyle of the clerk. It is Europe v.s. the USA so what? 1930's? 1940's? Strangely there is what looks to be a florescent light fixture lithographed on the ceiling as well. Not sure but it looks like the ones we have now. The shop is beautiful with its dainty, colorful and plentiful lithography on three tin walls. The floor also has a litho pattern on it. All the walls fold down to fit inside the "deep" floor---a great put-away toy! I fell in love with this little shop when I saw it but it has always been a mystery to me! Any help from my blogger friends would be so welcomed! You have all been so helpful to date! I hope I can help some of you in the future.

Here is the maker's marking, "Modele Depose M.B.B.M?" I think I am reading those initials right. Can anyone help me figure out the name of this manufacturer?

This is the right inside wall of the ADUA Candy shop. Lovely lithography on tin with so many details that perhaps it is a candy and gift shop?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Swantje, THANK YOU for the wonderful information about my F.A.O. Schwarz large-scale kitchen! I knew that FAO did not actually make the products they sold but I had no way of finding out who the maker was. I really appreciate knowing that it was made by the Nuremberg, Germany Gebr. Bing manufacturer!
Do you by any chance have any idea as to the date it might have been made? I am most certain that the smaller bits in the kitchen are not original, however I believe that the wood furniture pieces, corner cabinet, bench and wall plate rack, etc. with the blue trim most likely came with the kitchen. The floor tiles are distinctively large blue squares --I'm thrilled to know a bit more about this room.
I am really looking forward to receiving your latest book that you wrote on the Christian Hacker dollhouses! I am certain that most collectors of antique and older houses and buildings will want a copy of it!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Hello .....here is a wonderful English Pub FOR SALE!! This was made in the 1960's by artist/miniaturist William Briner.
As you can see, the Queen herself has stopped in for a pint...along with her very handsome husband! She decided to honor this pub with a visit because they had so many artifacts relating to her and her reign!
The lovely pub is lighted and has a plexiglas type of front that afixes to the front to keep it clean. On the left is a dress form holding an amazing dress suit for the Queen's hubby---I'm not English and I've forgotten what they call him...not King??? Help??!! It is truly a beautiful piece in itself. The purple box on the left has been sold.
The pub comes with everything in the photo but if you are interested, please email and I will retrieve the packed pub, re-photo it and give you better information on the two commenorative pieces. Price: $250 (US $)- plus shipping. It is smal and not too heavy so I know I can post it thru U.S. Mail or UPS. Enjoy!

Here is a close-up of the Queen and her hubby. There are several very special pieces in this room. One is the Silver Jubilee trunk on the right which is a numbered series of trunks that were made for this event. There is also a wonderful old keg and I will have to go find the box that this pub is stored in to tell you what is inscribed on it but I believe it is from something dating in the 1915-18's. I'm sorry but I packed it away carefully after the recent Toy Event, If you are interested in purchasing this wonderful pub, I will gladly find it and give much better details and additional photos.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


I need everyone's help in trying to find some history on this adorable sweet shop named ADUA. There is a note stamped on the back that says it was made in France. So, my question is was this the French equivalent to our See's Candie Store?
I just love the wonderful lithography on the interior walls depicting all sorts of delicious treats and it even has the store clerk behind the candy cases. The walls fold in and it all fold neatly into the base for quick and easy storage. I've never seen anything about ADUA so I'm hoping someone out there might be able to help me learn more about this piece. The lady in the litho appears to be c. 1940's?? What do you think? HELP!!

Here is another one of my large scale kitchens. I love this larger scale to play with as I've always had the 1/12th scale as my norm and some of my older dollhouses use the 3/4 scale...but this is larger and "hunky" and so much fun to handle! I have been enjoying finding things to fill it.
A little girl, most likely the child it was first given to, carved her name "Mary" on the front right edge of the kitchen. My first and oldest grand-daughter is named Mary so I had to keep this one! Enjoy playing in my kitchen!

Monday, October 19, 2009


The Toy Opening Event was a tremendous success!! We had two rooms of eager buyers that stayed and stayed and stayed. With each "go through" they found more treasures for their collections! It was so much fun for me to be able to offer so many terrific miniatures, dollhouses etc. at such wonderful prices for all levels and types of mini collectors! Everyone was so excited.
My husband and I provided a casual lunch so many collectors came back into the sales room again after a nice lunch. They also got to tour my husband's amazing train layout with an incredible village (just like dollhouses only smaller!) He does the train part and I've learned to do the layout/landscaping and effects. He makes terrifically "real" looking mountains and when put together the total effect is magical. My dollhouse room was also open for viewing!
I sold several dollhouses, many room boxes and there are still tons of things available. We sold so many mini bits and pieces that it is mind boggling!!
I am thinking that I will somehow put together a photo package of what is still available for sale and anyone interested may request that I send them a Sales List with photos. I haven't had the time to start putting it together but I will IF I hear from my blogger friends that they would like so see such a sales list. Please let me know if you're interested and I will begin working on "the list". Thanks to all of you who have inquired and who regularly visit Grandma's Attic!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Here are some mint-in-box StromBecker pieces~ A large and small kitchen and a great living room! There's a fabulous tea pot, creamer and sugar in a box with an adorable graphic on the front. I have a lot more StromBecker pieces, Hall kitchen table set, Schoenhut pieces, etc....just ask!
In the front is a cute-as-pie pink period bedroom with that adorable dressing table with soft floral print dressing table skirt! I had one just like it when I was in my early teens! Email if you need more photos or to ask questions or for prices: teaqueen123@gmail.com! Enjoy!!