A place to share ideas and thoughts about miniatures, scale models, architecture and display my collections of Tynietoy, Strombecker, Tootsietoy, Halls, Kage, Kilgore &; Arcade cast iron, and a few other antique miniature finds and projects.
While at an antique mall today on my lunch break, I came across the perfect "starter" home for my collection of plastic furniture. Click HERE to see the pieces that I have collected so far.
The Playsteel Colonial dollhouse was manufactured by the National Can Corp. of New York and arrived on the market in 1948. I don't know how much money this house sold for in 1948, but I was able to negotiate the price of mine to just $17!
One of the things I love about old lithographed houses is the graphics and this house is not exception. The living room has wood floors and a large area rug. The paneled walls are white with some built-ins around the fireplace wall.
The kitchen is bright yellow and red with a striped linoleum floor.
The upstairs has three rooms, this is the master bedroom in teals and yellow.
The nursery is decorated in pinks and pale blues and nursery rhyme characters.
My favorite room in this house is the bathroom. It has a linoleum floor complete with fish and bubbles and mural of a majestic swan above the area for the bathtub.
No nursery furniture yet, in fact if you look close, there is only a twin bed - I guess it is a bachelor pad for now.
Kage Co. 3/4" to one foot furniture was manufactured in Manchester, Connecticut between 1938-1948. Living room, dining room, bedroom and kitchen furniture were all manufactured and accessories such as fireplaces, lamps, and clocks were also sold. From what I can tell my collection is only missing a few pieces - the grandfather clock and the coffee table.
Early pieces had legs manufactured with straight dowels, but later more ornate turned legs were used. None of the pieces has working doors or drawers.
I have been working on a townhouse for my Kage collection. It is a work in progress.
This last picture shows one of the first Kage pieces that I acquired. The table and chair were part of my great grandmother's and currently reside in the nursery of this house that my daughter and I built. To see more pictures of this house click HERE