AB Barton Toys Carolines Home

A Barton & Co. began making dolls house furniture just after the Second World War in 1945, providing employment for demobbed British soldiers. They began making dolls house furniture under the ‘Model Home’ logo, mass producing dolls house furniture. Barton used the name “Caroline’s Home” as a trade mark from about 1976.  They produced sets…

My Triang Restoration

Restoration – Below are links to the various Triang Dolls Houses I have restored with a few little tips and lots of pictures. Many of these dolls houses are well past there play by date, some just looking for a lick of paint and a freshen up, others had problems with wood worm and water…

Triang Spot On Jenny’s Home Furniture List

The Triang Spot-On Furniture in the list below were produced from 1960 until approximately 1964. In addition to the Spot On range there was also the Dollie Home range from 1962, comprising mainly of room sets and larger furniture pieces such as the filing cabinet. They were not cheap pocket-money toys and probably added to…

Triang Style and Design

During the period between the World Wars, Triang produced a range of quality wooden furniture, called ‘Period Furniture’. This range has become very popular with collectors, and can be quite expensive to buy. Throughout WW2 the Triang factory at Merton made range of military hardware, including 14,000,000 magazines for Hurricane and Spitfire aircraft, as well…

The Little House

The Princess Elizabeth dolls house was a copy of a Welsh cottage style playhouse which had been presented to the Princess on her sixth birthday in 1932, by the people of Wales.     The house was erected in the gardens of the Royal Lodge at Windsor Castle and was called ‘Y Bwthyn Bach’ which…

An Amazing Dolls House Auction

Image from The Saleroom Even if you don’t go to an Auction or bid on line, you really must take a look at this lovely collection of Vintage Dolls Houses and Furniture. The Auction takes place on 1st December 2016, at Special Auction Services in Newbury, Berkshire. There are some great examples of houses you…

My Triang Restoration Projects

  Restoration: Various Triang Dolls Houses I have restored with a few little tips and lots of pictures.  Many of these dolls houses are well past there play by date, some just looking for a lick of paint and a freshen up, others had problems with wood worm and water damage.  Each was a challenge and…

Triang Decals

  I have been trying for a long time to find the best way to reproduce Triang Floral Decals.  It is impossible to find originals,  Two of my  houses had the flower decals.  So I managed to remove the individual decals using sticky vinyl. First I scanned the decals I had removed from a Triang house into my…

Curtains

Triang Windows are made of a metal square window frame with tabs to hold it into position on the house, they come in three colours brown, green and blue depending on the age of the house. Pre war houses normally have brown and cream windows, Post war green and white. The two opening window frames…

My Lundby

On a visit to a local car boot sale a few years ago, I spotted a Lundby Dolls house. It was on a garden base complete with fence and covered with a plastic case. Unfortunately the plastic case was broken and a snail had moved in, and moved out leaving his shell behind, eating the…

Christmas Crackers

Christmas Crackers are quite easy to make, the only problem I found when making them was that as they are so small, they would collapse when shaping. So as little tip I will pass onto you is to use *Extra Slim Cigarette Filters, to help keep the shape. For the outer wrapping of your Christmas…

How To ….

The paint I used for distressing  my dollhouse furniture was Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint, there are other makes available, but this is the one my local DIY store sells. For the Coffee Table, I am going to use, Mustard [yellow] for the basecoat and Belgrave [blue] for the top coat. First of all I cleaned the piece of furniture…

Barton Pink Nursery

I have a nice wooden Barton Nursery Furniture, in pink.  They probably date around 1950’s /60’s, but not quite sure.  The wood is quite thin and are not as heavy as later Barton furniture. This high chair is quite a simple design, and a small doll would sit nicely in it. This chest of draws…

Fitted Triang Furniture

Some of the Triang Dolls houses came with various wooden pieces of furniture.  The bathroom with a wooden bath and sink. The kitchen could have a sink, dresser, cooker or range depending on age and style of house.  Of course most of the rooms had fireplaces.  These pieces of furniture are quite roughly made, with…

Lighting a Triang Dolls House

Many of the Triang Dolls Houses that are fitted with electric lights, have wooden panels fitted with brass bulb holders.  These panels fit into the back of the house.  The light bulbs are linked by thin wire, and can be turned on and off,  when the metal bar on the outside of the house completes…

Triang Spot-On Furniture Box

I have been working for a while now on reproducing Triang Furniture Boxes. I have a few, but they are very faded, and torn, but there is enough to make a good reproduction. My first effort was the Dining Room Chair Box. This box was in quite good condition, but as it was fixed along…