Here's the other house which Anna-Maria was holding for me:
I have another of these houses, which has been overpainted and came without any furniture. So when I saw this one, I jumped at it:
The back slides off and inside - it's fully furnished! (And the house was in excellent condition until I walked into the door frame, carrying it - Anna-Maria picked up the pieces and put them in a tiny ziplock bag for me, so I can glue them back on.)
I also have a few pieces of this furniture, which I'd bought separately quite a while ago. Christine has an identical house with lots of furniture too.
So it seems clear that it was produced for sale - but where? and by whom?
It probably originates from Sydney - it's come up for sale there, in coastal areas north of Sydney, and as far north as Brisbane, as far south as Canberra - as far as I know ....
I haven't seen it in any catalogues from the Sydney toy store Walther & Stevenson - but as I've only seen four catalogues, two from the 30s and two from the 50s, that doesn't mean a great deal.
And thinking of dates, when do you think this house and furniture dates from?
Here's the furniture in more detail:
A piece is missing from the table - perhaps I'll be able to replace it, that might help keep it even ...
Also a foot missing on the green wardrobe - I've propped it up with a pebble ...
As you can see, the wardrobes come in two sizes - one has a drawer at the bottom, the other doesn't.
The round table is in pretty good condition, just a little warped:
The matching chairs are missing both cross-pieces from the back (and someone has painted the very top black??), and the rungs from the bottom:
Thankfully, Christine's chairs have the top piece, so I'll be able to copy it (they are also missing the other pieces, though - can't have been very firmly attached!)
I think this is a stove -
the round bits on top look like hot plates, perhaps?
The black paint looks a bit messy - I might investigate and see if there's something else under it ...
This is the bottom of the possible stove - none of it opens ...
And finally, the other set of living room chairs:
The separate set which I bought some time ago is green and purple - I'll see if I can dig it out!
I'd like to make some bedding and perhaps cushions for this house. I'm not sure what will suit it - florals? geometric patterns? I wish I knew when it was made!
The base doesn't look as old as some of my other houses:
I'm guessing that "#65" means it's been sold at auction sometime, but the other numbers - both the printed/stamped 24743 and the handwritten numbers - seem to go under original parts of the house, the front steps and the outer edging of the base. I'll check and see what the base of my other house like this looks like ...
Back to the question I posed in the title of this post - I have been thinking of this as the Shutter House. But shutters are not at all common on houses in Australia, even on older houses. Perhaps they're intended to be louvre windows, even though they open as a whole like shutters? Louvres are very common in hot and tropical areas like the Northern Territory and Queensland, and in old houses in Sydney too, louvres were often used on the sunroom. What do you think, louvre windows or shutters?
Pinning it down
5 hours ago