On the base of the model there is an abundance of helpful markings and apparently this miniature vacuum cleaner was made in England by a company called DCA. A quick search on Google reveals that this particular 262 model (the real life sized one) was first made in 1939 then produced again after the war by Hoover from 1945 to 1949.
To be honest, I have seen this particular miniature vacuum cleaner before and always assumed that it originated from the 1950s. But an advert that was kindly forwarded to me by Marion Osborne, shows that this miniature upright version of the Hoover 262, although made by DCA, was actually being sold in 1948 by a company called Bailey’s Agencies of 51 Farringdon Road, London EC1.
(Special thanks to Marion Osborne for kind permission to use this image)
As you can see from the old advert, the little hoover was being sold for just 2/1d! The only piece of information that I have been able to find out about Bailey’s Agencies is that it no longer appears to be in existence at that address.....and that no 51 Farringdon Road is now a cafe. I have also endeavoured to find out more about this DCA company but sadly to no avail. The only other known dolls house size item to my knowledge made by DCA, is a Jones Sewing Machine. To date, I have never been able to lay my hands on one of those and have only ever admired from afar....they are like gold dust and more valuable than the vacuum cleaner!
Does anyone have any information about the DCA company or even Bailey’s Agencies that you can share with us on here? (I can't even find out what the initials DCA actually stand for). Also, other than the vacuum cleaner and sewing machine, does anyone know of anything else that DCA made for dolls houses?
CLICK HERE to view the full listing of the DCA Hoover on KT Miniatures