Wednesday, 5 August 2015

c1960s Tri-ang Jennys Home Rooms....

At long last, after a few days filled with distractions, I finally managed to put up for sale yesterday  several all plastic Jennys Rooms made by Tri-ang and some related items, which were available during the 1960s. All of these belonged to Marion Osborne, some of which can be seen in her book: The Book Of Tri-ang Furniture. These were quite a unique concept, as the idea was that you could collect these rooms and build your "house" over time, as you can see from the leaflet below.....
The rooms came in two sizes...Large and Small.
These seen here immediately above and below are the smaller rooms, with two doors and three window panels.
Windows tilt open and doors open too. Each window and door panel slide out in theory, although time has taken its toll on one or two which seem to be stuck firmly! 

Here are some examples of the larger rooms....each one has a single door at one end, along with a window panel at the other plus a massive sliding window on one long side....so very 1960s!
Both the large and smaller rooms have clear plastic panels that slot snugly for the roof, which also gives good access to the interior. 
Access is made very easy on the larger rooms, as the big window panel slides open. 

The door and window panels are identical for both different size rooms.
Rooms can be joined together by sliding one single door panel over two doorways. Is a little tricky but do-able. Hence you can make your house into a single storey bungalow with as many rooms as you have space for...or alternatively you can have a building with as many storeys as you wish....as seen in the original leaflet at the top of this page. 
I currently have for sale various spare window panels. Sadly I do not have any spare door panels, as the plastic doors were prone to breakages.  But the upside is that you only need one door to join two rooms together!
I do have several spare original felt flooring pieces for the larger rooms, with cut out pieces to fit snugly around the radiator. 
So too, there are some original red/white striped curtains for sale for the larger room.
Rarely do these balcony railings come along and there are several....some are fully intact, some are missing one or other of their fixing lugs. The lugs slot into the holes in each corner of the roof panels found on each room. This gives a lovely finish if you are creating a roof garden on your building!
 Those missing their lugs can benefit from the use of Blu Tack or such like, to keep in place. 
Also for sale is this rare chimney set with Battery Switch Plate and two Room To Room Wire Connectors.
The chimney would hook over a side wall of the Jennys Home Room and would house the battery and Switch Plate. 
The Switch Plate would fix to the top of the battery and the metal switch poke through this tiny slot at one end to allow the electrics to be switched on with ease. There are not any Plug Socket Plates with this set (which fit into the radiator once the radiator plate is removed) but if you have one or two of those already and in need of a Chimney with these electrical bits and pieces as seen above, this could be useful to you..

The rooms that have so far been put up for sale are those in the best condition and therefore most expensive. I have one heck of a lot in both sizes still to list that are in various slightly more used conditions ie. some missing doors/have been wallpared,etc. All will be at bargain prices and useful to have if you are in need of a large quantity.

I hope to continue listing these later in the week, if time allows - if not then it will then be next week. Am also hoping to continue adding more furniture and accessories to the Tri-ang Page - ktminiatures.com/Tri-ang.html,  next week. If you have any queries, do feel free to email me. To view the current stock, please click on the following link:

To give you further ideas on what you can do with these rooms, do take a look at Jesamine's fabulous Jennys Home Tower, which can be found in KT Miniatures Old Dolls House Gallery - Collection Two. To view, click on the following link and scroll right down to the foot of the page;




Sunday, 26 July 2015

Another Date For Your Diary.....Jersey Dolls' House & Miniature's Club Exhibition



St. Brelade Parish Hall, St.Aubin, Jersey
Sunday 23rd August 2015
10.00am - 5.00pm
I have another date for your diary for those of you who either live in Jersey or who may be going there for a holiday next month. 

Barbara Kendall-Davies, who is a member of the Jersey Dolls House Club, has asked if I can spread the word to you all about the club's latest exhibition. Their room box theme this year is a scene from a story and amongst exhibits will be scenes in box files, member's dolls' houses, shops, etc.. There will also be refreshments, a sales table, a quiz and a raffle. 

The painting above was created by Barbara herself with acrylics on canvas, and it is a scene of boats in Gorey Harbour - Jersey.

Good luck to the Jersey Club....hope you all have a fantastic day...sounds like fun!
Celia

Friday, 24 July 2015

Rare c1960s Tri-ang Spot-On Packaged Windows.....

If you received my KT Miniatures Newsletter yesterday, you will have seen that I had just put up for sale two extremely rare c1960s Tri-ang Spot-On packaged windows. Ok....they may be just plastic....but it is BECAUSE they were plastic and consequently rather fragile, that makes these windows so sought after and rare, as frustratingly so many got broken by their young owners. There must be many collectors out there who have vintage Tri-ang dolls houses with the original plastic windows that are either missing or instead have broken plastic windows stuck in place with Cellotape! 

Well the two that I currently have for sale are these......
This is the larger of the two windows....on the packet the label states it as being  "No. 1151 Contemporary 3 Light Window With 2 Opening Lights." 
Inside the packet there are two white frames which presumably click together either side of the wall and the tiny lugs slot into the relevant holes. There are also three clear plastic pieces of glazing....two that are obviously meant to be the opening windows and the other is for a central fixed window. 
These belonged to Marion Osborne and are featured on page 207 in her  The Book Of Tri-ang Furniture For The Dolls HouseMarion tells us that this particular window could be found in the Tri-ang "V" and "U" dolls house, so if you have this model house and are in need of a replacement window, here is a rare opportunity to obtain a new one unused.
This is the second window that is available to purchase. It is much smaller and slimmer but has the same concept of two frames clicking together via lugs. There is just one long piece of clear plastic for the glazing. On the label it describes this as "No.1153 Contemporary Small 2 Light Window". Marion tells us in her book that this is suitable for an "A" or "C" Tri-ang Bungalow.

Marion also tells us in her book that these windows were sold loose by retailers so some people used these Tri-ang plastic windows in homemade dolls houses too.

In this Tri-ang Bungalow "C" that was sold by KT Miniatures several years ago now, you can see the No. 1153 Contemporary Small Window in situ, on the right front wall. 
In this close up photo, you can see that there were two of those smaller windows fixed side by side.
 
These and an array of Tri-ang Spot-On dolls house furniture plus accessories can be found on the following KT Miniatures website page:

During the next few days, I hope to do more listing of Tri-ang including several Tri-ang Jennys Home rooms. They will be listed all together on their own page, directly linked to the above Tri-ang page.....so watch this space for more news about these shortly!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Just Look What Came Through The Post!!

I have just had a lovely and very unexpected surprise in the post.....an envelope filled with these beautifully illustrated postcards!
They have been created by 'Children's Book Illustrator' Rachel Clowes, who based the figure on an antique doll found in the Pollocks Toy Museum, UK. I have been following Rachel's blog for a long while now and have been completely entranced and fascinated by her exquisite work. If you click on the following link, it will take you through to Rachel's blog where you can see more of her work plus a short time lapse video of this particular illustration in the making:

If you are a lover of 1940s dolls houses, you will like Rachel's other blog too - 1940s Terrace DollsHouse where Rachel shows us her first dolls house project. As the blog title suggests....it is a Victorian terraced dolls house set in the 1940s. She has some very clever ideas!
Celia


Had to dash off for a few days....but back now.


Apologies for the delay in replying to emails and phone messages for most of last week and over the weekend.....unfortunately I had to dash off for a few days but thankfully am back now. I have finally managed to work through the backlog of emails and phone messages,  now hopefully fingers crossed, KT Miniatures can get back to normal.  Many thanks for your patience.
CeliaX