But this bureau has books painted in more colours .... and the handle on the pull-down desk lid is a tiny metal nail, not a large wooden knob like on the corner unit ....
|Bureau: roughly 5" tall, 2" wide, and 1 1/4" deep when closed.|
So I looked more closely - and found that on the back, there is an old label and remnants of glue or paint:
953 - an old stock or catalogue number?
So I looked at the back of all the other pieces, and found - woohoo!
The remains of a Walther & Stevenson label!!!
This is on a stove, which also has little nails as knobs and handles:
|Stove: roughly 2 1/2" high (to top of splashback), 2 1/2" wide and 1 3/8" deep when closed.|
Walther & Stevenson was a toy shop in Sydney, at 395 George St. I have catalogues from 1933 and 1956/57 - both have dolls house furniture sets pictured in them, but not these pieces. I have found on another website that Walther & Stevenson closed in 1969, and I suspect that these pieces could date from the 1960s.
As far as I know, this is the first lot of dolls house furniture I have from Walther & Stevenson!! And Australian-made - and commercially-made - dolls houses and dolls house furniture is pretty rare, so it was very exciting to find it, especially in a fairly ordinary dolls house. (The 1933 catalogue states that the furniture is Australian-made, from plywood; the 1956/57 doesn't say whether the dolls house furniture is made in Australia or imported.)
Both the bureau and the stove are made of plywood, and fixed together with tiny nails.
None of the other pieces has a label or the yellow residue found on the stove and bureau, but the bed did have a label at one time, and it's made of the same kind of plywood:
|Bed: roughly 5 1/4" long, head & foot 2 3/4" wide and 2" high.|
So I think the bed is also from Walther & Stevenson.
One other piece is made partly from plywood, and that's the dressing table - which also has the same kind of tiny nails for handles as the stove and bureau:
|Dressing table: roughly 3 1/2" wide, 3 1/4" high and 1 1/2" deep when closed.|
This side-on view shows the plywood back and top clearly:
The opening doors, and non-opening drawers, are made from pieces of solid wood:
I'm thrilled to have one labelled piece of Walther & Stevenson furniture, and I think it's very likely that I have three other pieces, too. Finding any dolls house furniture in an antiques and collectables shop is rare - finding vintage, wooden, labelled, Australian dolls house furniture is amazing!!! So you can see why I had to buy the dolls house it was in! I'll keep these pieces of furniture with the house, as I think they date from the same period, and they may well have been together for over 40 years.