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Friday, November 8, 2013

More Tynietoy

My Tynietoy collection has grown.  Over the past several months I have added a few new interesting pieces.

The fireplace probably has the most interesting story.  
I purchased it from Susan Grimshaw.  Her website can be found at

She had this to say about the piece. "Among the archival Tynietoy papers and photographs I acquired last year were several copies of this photograph showing a fireplace with unusual decorative mouldings. The other Tynietoy items in the photo are all familiar from the catalogues. The fireplace I've posed in front of the photo was removed from a vintage Massachusetts dollhouse later moved to California that had been furnished with Tynietoy and other vintage furniture. The owner damaged it in removing it from the wall where it had been attached and the rear of the firebox was still painted black on the wall, so it never had a paper or cardboard backing. This fireplace is unusual in that it is stained rather than painted, it has an applied composition decorative molding and it lacks a marbleized or brick painted face around the firebox. Also, the hearth base has a brick-textured finish which may have been added by a later owner, although I see no earlier finish in the areas where the texturing has chipped off. It is the same basic size as a Tynietoy fireplace, it has the distinctive stepped mantel and it has routed fluting on each side that matches that found in some fireplaces built into later Tynietoy houses. I suspected it was Tynietoy when it came in the box with all the furnishings I bought from that house and when I later found this photo documenting an authentic fireplace with applied composition decoration, I felt more comfortable attributing this unique fireplace to Tynietoy.

 I purchased this desk and dresser on ebay

This sewing table is missing it's bottom drawer, but I am up for the challenge

The Hepplewhite chair is missing a piece on the back, another project for another day.
I may cover the seat with some fabric.

These last few images are more pictures from the Toy & Miniature Museum in Kansas City.

This is a collection of chairs designed and carved by George Henri LeClerc,who had worked at,and presumably designed,many of the early Tynietoy dollhouse furnishings during the 1920s/1930s; after his departure from the firm in 1938 he continued creating nearly identical furniture models on his own,and,notably,created some models in this larger scale. Most of his pieces are unsigned,excellent quality,and very rare to find.

 And lastly, I snapped a shot of the wooden people that were originally sold by Tynietoy.  I had not seen them in person.  

The rest of my Tynietoy collection can be found by clicking HERE


  1. Dear Troy,
    I love to see the Hepplewhite chair restored. It amaze me how you dig up these old items. I love to read your stories.
    Hugs Dorien

  2. Those old Tynietoy pieces are so cool! I'm glad that they fell into your hands and will be taken care of.

  3. I love those old pieces thank you for sharing them and lucky you!! what a score for your collection!

    Marisa :)

  4. Very interesting ! I was just looking at the fire place on Susan's website and now i see you bought it?! What a coincidence!!! All other pieces are very nice too. They've came into the right hands :)

  5. A very interesting post. As you can imagine we never see this wonderful dolls house furniture in the UK. Lizzie