Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Vintage Grecon Dolls For Sale & Kaybot Plaster Food

 August has now whizzed by and I can't believe it is several weeks since I last posted on here, but life has been filled with lots of little distractions of late ie. grandchildren, which has been keeping me from my desk. But now it is time to knuckle down once again and get back to business. 

Today, I have put up for sale a number of Grecon dolls (plus three Tomac dolls). Some of the Grecon's are quite rare but they are all rather delightful. They are part of a collection that I have acquired which belonged to a lady who actually worked in the dolls house department of Hamleys (the famous toy shop in London) during the early 1950s. She allowed her son to play with one or two so some are in a played with condition, but I have to say that most are in an excellent condition. Probably due to the fact that they have been kept in storage for decades. 

Grecon Tennis Dolls

There are three Grecon tennis players, two males and one female. 
Each male doll is dressed in off white felt shirt and shorts, plus each have a belt with mock buttons made from beads. This handsome chap is in excellent condition

Each doll has the GRECON MADE IN ENGLAND label on the back.

This guy has clearly had some damage to the wool binding on his right arm, but from the front it is not really noticeable.
He also has had some repair to the back of his left leg but at a glance is not noticeable.
This young lady is dressed in an off white felt tennis dress.

She has plaited blonde woollen hair with green woollen bows plus an off white felt tennis dress. 

I am pleased to say that her modesty is completely protected and she has rather pretty lace knickers. 

Then of course there are their wire and thread racquets...aren't they wonderful!

Posh Elderly Lady Grecon Doll

This old lady just makes me smile, she has such character and I have not come across one quite like her before. She appears to be in perfect condition and has never been played with.
She has a green felt jacket with bead buttons, long floral skirt, a very posh hat and even an umbrella. 

Just look at that posh hat with the decorative detail. She really is a grand old lady. 
Her umbrella is made from metal wire and red gingham fabric. 

Her snazzy purple painted lead shoes match her purple petticoat. 
On the back of her skirt she has the GRECON LITTLE-PEOPLE MADE IN ENGLAND label. 

Grecon Cowboy Doll

I have not handled one of these cowboy Grecon dolls before in such immaculate condition. I don't think he has ever been played with. 
He has rather splendid felt jodhpurs and matching waistcoat plus hat. 

His yellow shirt is made from yellow wool. 
I love all the little details such as his studded green belt (studs are beads), his cuffs with bead buttons, his scarf and of course a lasso fixed to his side. 

His large felt cowboy hat really does enhance his appearance.

Grecon Waitress Doll

This waitress Grecon doll comes in a light blue felt dress with bead button detail, white fabric apron, matching cuffs and hat. 
Apart from a little fraying of the fabric apron and cuffs, she is in great condition. 

Grecon Cook Doll

This Grecon cook comes in a pretty coloured peach/pinky dress with white cotton collar, cuffs and of course apron.

She has a magnificent cook's hat.

Boy Scout Grecon Doll

This boy scout Grecon doll is dressed in a light brown felt scout uniform including a brown hat and green scarf. 

He is missing the tiny red tassel off his right sock, the bead and sequin buckle off his belt and his cord lanyard, but otherwise he is in superb condition, and rather lovely.

Grecon Austrian/Bavarian Doll

Here is a very pretty Grecon doll in traditional Austrian (or possibly Bavarian) costume. She appears to be in excellent condition.

Here pink felt bodice is rather fetching and the imitation woollen flower detail in her plaited hair is rather attractive. 

Unusual Grecon Male Doll Holding Duster With Bowler Hat

I have not come across a Grecon doll before holding a duster. He also has a bowler hat, and white handkerchief in a top pocket detail. 

He has such character...am wondering if maybe he was meant to be something like a chauffeur,  as he is dressed in a blue jacket, with shirt and tie detail, so quite dapper. 

Grecon Horse Rider Doll

This is a female Grecon doll dressed in riding clothes, complete with horse whip. 

She really looks the part in her felt jodhpurs, brown jacket, woollen yellow shirt and black riding hat. 

Three Tomac Dolls

Amongst the collection are these three Tomac dolls, similar to Grecon dolls, as they have wire limbs bound in wool and lead feet. But their lead feet are huge, much larger than the Grecons which you can see higher up this page. Their heads are covered buttons so a different shape to the stuffed heads of Grecon dolls. They also have very distinctive drawn on eyes, which always look to the right. Aren't they lovely!

As you can see, there is a female dressed in Scottish costume holding a dog - she does have a slightly damaged leg, which has come unbound. The chap in the middle is dressed in Scottish costume and the third doll is dressed in Austrian/Bavarian costume. 

All the dolls can be found on this page:


Vintage Kaybot Plaster Food

There are quite a few pieces of vintage plaster Kaybot food, most are in excellent condition. 

Their colour is still so vibrant, probably because they have been kept in a box for decades. These can be found on the following page:


So there we are, aren't they lovely!
I hope you have enjoyed looking at the photos. 
KT Miniatures


Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Denman College Sad News - But New Plans For KT Miniatures Workshops

Sadly, it seems that financial implications caused by Covid 19 has resulted in the wonderful WI's Denman College to announce an intention to close permanently. My July workshop had been cancelled, but now it seems that my workshop for November is unlikely to happen too. 

Details have been a little confusing, and I had assumed that everything had automatically been cancelled. But now I understand that they are undergoing a consultation process and the culmination of that process should happen shortly. I have everything crossed that a miracle can happen, and that they can find a way to keep going, but we shall have to see. 

It is such a lovely and happy place, with amazing facilities and wonderful staff, plus such rich history, that I sincerely hope that it can be saved. 

However...if the worst happens and Denman College does close this summer, I hope to reverse back to my original plan of running KT Miniatures workshops here in Thame (Oxfordshire), next year - Covid 19 permitting. In which case, the first workshop project would be "The Old Potting Shed" scene. Due to the complexity of the project, it would have to be run over 2 days if possible. 

Click on following link to see more photos of the potting shed project, as it stands at the moment:  KT MINIATURES WORKSHOP PAGE

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Fiona's Completed Miniature Workshop Projects - Absolutely Fab!

The other day I got a lovely surprise when a certain email dropped into my inbox from Fiona, with photos of two workshop projects that she did with us a while ago now, and which are now completed. I was so bowled over from what I saw that I asked Fiona if she would allow me to share her creations with you all on here, and she has kindly agreed. So here we are...

Here are the workshop project prototypes of the Early 1900s German Style Shop, a workshop that took place back in 2016. As you can see the project was offered in both 1/12th and 1/24th scale. 

Our "Nostalgia In Miniature Workshops" was a joint venture which I ran with Robin Britton for several years until we closed in the summer of 2016, due to Robin's retirement from miniatures. The very last project we made was an early 1900s German style shop, and it was at that last workshop that Fiona made this shop project. 

Fiona's Hat Shop

 As Fiona wanted to make a hat shop, she decided not to make all the drawers and some other bits & bobs that were provided with the kit, as she wanted to make more space for the hats. It made complete sense and by omitting them, has enabled Fiona to have a lot more display space to show off a real variety of lovely hats. 

Fiona was very taken with the way the cabinets were decorated with flowers cut from paper doilies and then painted - she felt that one did not need any artistic ability for that technique. It may be a simple technique, but we think Fiona did a brilliant job and they look very pretty indeed. 

Most of Fiona's hats were made following instructions which she bought from Cynthia Howe's website, and Fiona told me that she has been working on the hats during lockdown. Apparently she still has a few left to make. 
Fiona goes on to say that the handbags were made at a class run by Jamie Carrington at CMW, and the hat boxes and other small boxes she bought from Art Of Mini. I love the grey and white painted floor which Fiona created here. (You will see below that she used the same floor painting technique in her kitchen using different colours). 

This is the prototype of the Early 1900s German Style Kitchen workshop project that took place in 2018, offered in 1/12th scale only. Many of the vintage bits and pieces seen in this photo belong to my own personal collection and were used for advertising purposes in order to illustrate how one could fill the kitchen once complete. 
In 2018 I started up the workshops again, but this time just under the banner of KT Miniatures, and Fiona attended one of them. The project we made was an early 1900s German style kitchen, with some accessories...and here is Fiona's brilliant creation!

Fiona's Early 1900s German Style Kitchen
Fiona said that she had been meaning to send a photo of this ages ago to show me but then decided to wait until she was able to hang the warming pan and grill rack on the wall, which finishes it off nicely. Doesn't this look super!

She says that she really enjoyed working on this German style kitchen. She used the same painting technique on the floor as she did with the shop and says that it is such a thrill when the time comes to peel off all the masking tape to find one's painted checked flooring looking rather lovely underneath. On this floor she used a combination of terracotta and cream paint, and it does indeed look beautiful!

Some accessories were part of the workshop project so were handmade by Fiona. The rest are a mixture of both vintage and "modern" bits that Fiona has bought at fairs. She fancies having a go at making either a peg or Fimo doll to go in her kitchen (she has a mould which she can use) but says that is for some time in the future. 

I think you will agree with me that Fiona's creations are utterly brilliant. Thank you Fiona for letting us all take a peek! 
The original antique German kitchens and shops are becoming so hard to find these days, let alone affordable so it is great fun having a go at creating reproduction German style room settings such as these.