Saturday, 26 November 2011

Can Anyone Identity These Mystery Dolls Continued.... Mystery Solved!!!

Huge "thank you" to Isobel for taking the time to email me and help solve the mystery over the identity of Glenda's old dolls....(see previous post)!

Little Bo-Peep
They are.....Baps Dolls, made by Frau Edith Von Arps-Aubert in Germany from the 1940s to the 1960s. Apparently Frau Edith began business by selling her handmade fairytale and nursery rhyme doll characters and animals door to door until demand increased. She also made dolls in national costume to sell as souvenirs. Glenda from the US has her mother's entire collection of these dolls, who had acquired them in post war Germany back in 1948 and for years, Glenda has not been able to find anything out about them.
Mary Mary Quite Contrary
Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, Peter Rabbit & Mother Rabbit
Snow White & Two Mice?
Isobel tells me that there is a big section on Baps Dolls in Dollhouse & Miniature Dolls 1840-1990 by Marci & Bob Tubbs With Dian Zillner - a Schiffer book.

The Big Bad Wolf & The Three Little Pigs

So....thank you again Isobel for solving the  have made Glenda a very happy lady.

Can Anyone Identify These Old Dolls?

A lady called Glenda from the US has sent me photos of her treasured collection of very old dolls that belonged to her mother and would very much like to know if anyone can help her identify them.
Hansel & Gretel.....Plus The Wicked Witch
A very well known auction house stated that they were Grecon dolls but Glenda is not convinced. When I saw the photos, I have to say that in my opinion, they are not Grecons  for a number of reasons but quite what make they are.....I have not a clue. Glenda is hoping that someone reading this may be able to identify them. Glenda's mother bought them in Murneau,Germany in 1948. They are all fairy tale and nursery ryhme characters including animals....and are truly delightful.
Red Riding Hood & The Big Bad Wolf
Little Miss Muffet & Spider
Three Little Kittens
Goldilocks & The Three Bears

 I won't put them all up on here but have chosen just a few ....enough for you to be able to get a gist of their style and see their features. Arn't they lovely?
Snow White & The Seven Dwarves
As these were purchased in post war Germany, one assumes they are of German origin but are they? Glenda would dearly love to find out more about her collection as she has been trying for years to identify them. She says that when the Antique Road Show came to Atlanta, their experts could not shed any light on their origin either.

If you do have some info, please feel free to leave a comment on here or send me an email....I will then pass on any info to  Glenda.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Part One Of Our Project Now In Dolls House & Miniature Scene

You can see Part One of  our "On A Cold & Frosty Morning.....After The Night Before" project in the new January 211 Issue of Dolls House & Miniature Scene Magazine - out now.
This wintry festive scene is now up for auction.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Breast Cancer Campaign Fundraising - A Personal Story

Over the years, I have often been asked why I am such an ardent supporter of the charity Breast Cancer Campaign. My story is far from being unique and will probably resonate with lots  of you out there, as like many others who support this charity, I have very personal reasons for doing so. 
My Mum
Back in 1959, my gorgeous and lovely mum, immediately after having just given birth to me, was found to have a very aggressive form of breast cancer (she was only 31 years old) and there was nothing that could be done.  Back in those days, treatment was limited, compared to nowadays I guess.  I was just 18 months old when she died so never got the chance to know her.  Shortly after my mum passed, my maternal grandmother developed breast cancer and eventually lost her battle to this disease too.
Then some while ago, I had a health scare myself. I felt my world had come to an end and convinced myself that the “breast cancer” curse had finally caught up with me. Luckily, my lump was benign and easily treated. But it was a very scary time as my daughter was still very young and felt that family history was repeating itself all over again. Whilst embarking on the road of genetic counselling, family research picked up other female members on my maternal side -my grandmother’s sisters and some of my mum’s cousins were discovered to have had breast cancer too, so there is a very probable genetic link. But I am not alone and there are many of us who have very similar personal stories to tell.   

However I felt that I had to direct my energies into doing something very positive.


Breast Cancer Campaign's mission is to beat breast cancer by funding innovative world-class research to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure

Breast Cancer Campaign funds research into finding a cure for breast cancer, so by supporting the charity I feel I am doing “my bit” and something positive towards helping scientists find a cure. It maybe that an absolute cure may not be found during my generation but I am full of optimism that it can be found during my childrens' generation.

I am sure that many of you reading this have been touched by breast cancer in some way too, either directly or indirectly. So please.... help support the charity...... maybe bid in our Sealed Bid Auction or come along to Thame Dolls House & Miniatures Fair on Saturday 18th February 2012 and help us all raise as much money as possible for Breast Cancer Campaign.


I am pleased to say that the official  Breast Cancer Campaign Raffle page is now live on KT Miniatures website .
Donations are beginning to come in and you can view details of them on there. In the above photos, you can see a hand-painted set of plates from Victoria Fasken, a bronze pair of greyhounds by Tony Knott, an embroidered cushion by Nicola Mascall and a pair of prawn cocktails in real glass dishes by Mags Cassidy of Mags-Nificent Miniatures. A huge thank you to the artisans who have already donated.

 This raffle will be taking place at Thame Dolls House & Miniatures Fair in February. Tickets will be £1.00 each and can only be purchased on the day at Thame Fair.
I have great pleasure in co-ordinating this raffle again and if you are a professional miniaturist artisan - UK or overseas, and would like to make a donation of your work - then PLEASE do get in touch with me - Celia Thomas - at KT Miniatures. A photo of any donation or pledge that comes in before the Thame Fair, will be placed on the raffle page along with a link to each artisan's website (or contact details if no website is available).

"A Cold & Frosty Morning...After The Night Before"
 As you will have already seen on here (there is a video set to music to the right of this blog), our Sealed Bid Auction is now open. You can either bid online right now (will take just  2 minutes of your time - it is that easy), post a bid to me here at KT Miniatures or bid in person at Thame Fair. The closing date for the auction will be 3.00pm February 18th at Thame Fair. The winner will be announced by the Thame Town Crier shortly after 3.00pm that plenty of time to think about it....but why not get your bid in early?

To find out more information about the auction plus full details about the little scene, please click on the following link:


On the day of Thame Fair, as always, there will be the fabulous Sales Table with miniature donations for you to purchase at bargain prices. This is an extremely popular attraction and always raises hundreds of pounds for the charity every year. It will be in the very capable hands as always of Jill and Melody.

We are in need of any good quality miniatures or unwanted miniature items or even childrens dolls house furniture (eg. Sylvanian, Early Learning Centre, Fisher Price etc.) for the Sales Table.  Any contribution would be gratefully received although please note that sadly we are not able to take on dolls houses due to lack of space.

You can send your miniature items to me Celia,  here at KT Miniatures (my email and phone number can be found on ) or bring them on the day of the event and simply hand them to the volunteers manning the Sales Table. Alternatively you can email or ring Ron & Felicity Holland the fair organisers (their details can be found on


Friday, 18 November 2011

My Little Attic Continued....

Back in September, I showed you the beginning of my special little attic room that I embarked on for our local club project and promised to show the development of it on here (click here to recap). Next February,  the Market Town Miniaturists (MTM for short or basically the Thame Dolls House Club) will be celebrating it's 10th anniversary and we will be having a very special display at The Thame Dolls House & Miniatures Fair. We worked on the attic project again at last Monday's meeting so my project has moved on slightly....only ever so slightly though as KT Miniatures work has to take precedent over everything else.
This was where we were at a few weeks ago....

Progress is slow but it is moving along gradually....

The ceiling has been coated with Polyfilla roughly (I want to  give the impression of a very old loft room - thoroughly aged).  I had originally thought about using antique wallpaper on the walls but abandoned that idea and used a pale green emulsion instead. Then with some burnt umber and white acrylics the walls and ceiling were aged. I absolutely love this technique and completely indulged myself!
 I loved the way that after sanding the Polyfilla,  the white dust fell into the cracks onto the floorboards and gloriously aged the floorboards further.
The little landing corner was painted in offwhite and aged with acrylics.  An old picture that I made years ago, that was broken and sitting in my "bit box", was repaired and stuck on the landing wall. Although you won't really see this when the door is fixed slightly will just give a hint of something else and add extra dimension to the scene. Instead of using commercially prepared door/ window architrave and skirting, I used plain wood and gave it the aged treatment with a top coat of white. I have purposely made the architrave around the door slightly wider than the more normal architrave....I have this  mental picture of a really old room that I saw a while back on my travels with this wider frame.... so filed it away in my mind to use in this project.  

This is where we are at now.....I still cannot decide whether to add a little something else behind the door or not but will have to decide soon as the door needs to be fixed into place...slightly ajar.

As this project progresses I will show more pics, however am about to start on another KT Miniatures commission, so this will have to be put away for the time being.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Handmade Miniatures & Old Treasures Just Listed For Sale

Now that the little Haddenham Fair is over, all of my unsold handmade miniatures have been listed for sale under the various pages on the Exclusive Items section.


On the General Page, various 1930s framed prints,  WW1 trunks, sets of five books and vintage needlework ephemera arrangements are now available.  

Various printed items have been listed on the WW2 fact I have decided to discontinue selling individual WW2 ephemera singularly (it was definitely time for a change) and from now on, they will be available in sets or tiny fixed arrangements only, as seen above.

Various set pieces of vintage toys including some tiny replicas of Rose Cottage- the 1950s Chad Valley dolls house and old toy chests are now available.


Amongst some of the  antique and vintage treasures just listed today is this lovely old Pit-a-Pat fireplace. See

Also, just listed this afternoon is this exquisite antique soda syphon - so delicate and amazingly intact. A few weeks ago we had a Dol-Toi soda syphon that went up for sale - slightly different to this but equally lovely......however this one here is considerably older. It never ceases to amaze me how these tiny pipette tubes inside these soda syphons  remain in one piece.......either the little previous owners over the decades were incredibly careful or they were never allowed to play with them?

 A wonderful example of an unmarked Elgin table and chair c1920s also went up for sale this afternoon and both have already been snapped up. Am not surprised, they are lovely and simply do not come along very often. The full listing for these and the soda syphon can be found on the
Antique 1/12th Living Room/Dining Room Page.  

These two late Victorian/Edwardian bisque beauties are for sale on the Old Dolls Page.  Whoever takes either of these on could have great fun dressing them in authentic costume.

These are just some of the items that have been listed today. Please do go check out my website. I have quite a bit of vintage stock that was unsold from last Saturday's fair that still  needs to be listed onto the website. I will continue to list them over the next few days and highlight some of them on this journal.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

What A Lovely Day!

A lovely, lovely day was spent yesterday at the delightful charity Haddenham Dolls House Exhibition & Fair . There were some wonderful miniatures of all descriptions on display with several dolls house clubs from surrounding towns displaying magnificent handiwork  entering the little village hall yesterday was like entering a magical world of an entirely different dimension! There were even some four legged friends from the Hearing Dogs For Deaf People strutting their stuff.....absolutely gorgeous!
This was the Thame Club display, the theme being based purely on items that members had made at professional workshops....mmmm those little gardens did look familiar!lol
Part of our Nostalgia In Miniature Workshops stand - all three projects in both scales from the Vintage Little Garden Theme 2011 workshops.
There were a handful of other artisans there, including me old mate Robin....of Coombe Crafts.

It was brilliant to meet so many of you who came and much entertaining banter ensued throughout the day! It was great to catch up with old friends and make new ones too.
I only had a 6ft table yesterday (unlike a massive 12ft stand at the Thame Fair) so I had to be very discerning on what I took. In the end I decided on having only "new" vintage/antique stock (not listed on the website) including a tiny GeeBee dolls house and a tin Marx dolls house. The good news for those of you who did not come is that I could not pursuade any visitors to purchase either of the dolls houses on the day....although one or two customers did waiver a little (lol).  So they will be going up for sale on my website this coming week along with some other antique/vintage treasures that were not sold.

I will also be busy over the next few days, listing lots of my newly handmade items to the do check the various pages on my Exclusive Items sections. All the current handmade stock that is listed on my website was on the stand yesterday and due to quite a bit being sold, I will have to embark on some considerable stock taking and make amendments accordingly to the Exclusive Items section....but not today!

Today I am going to have a much needed day off ...stock taking and amendments to the website will begin on Monday afternoon.

Thanks again to everyone who came soon as I hear how much was raised for the two charities, I will let you know. Congratulations to Freda and George Dorrell who put on such a wonderful and successful event ...we are already looking forward to the next one in two years time!!! 

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Vintage Goodies Plus Some Handmade Pieces - Available Saturday

As you will probably know by now, if you have been following KT Miniatures Journal over the past couple of weeks, I shall be attending the little Haddenham Dolls House Exhibition & Fair at Haddenham Village Hall in Buckinghamshire this coming Saturday, 12th November.

Well, preparations for it are almost complete.......the handmade items have been priced up and packed away, although I managed to take a couple of pics before these went into their trays. Above you can see one of the hand painted 1930s style cushions that sits on an aged settee which has been given a mock rexine effect finish, then covered in a tired "old throw" along with some 1930s books, magazines etc.
Amongst various vintage style pieces are some vintage needlework ephemera sets (the fabulous weeny cotton reels are by David Edwards).

I have also spent a wonderful afternoon sifting through boxes of vintage goodies....choosing bits and pieces to bring on Saturday....none of which are currently listed on my website.
There are all kinds including an unmarked Elgin table and chair, turn of the century bisque dolls, antique soda syphon, pots, pans, German piano, vintage glassware, 1930s Xmas trees, a Pit-a-Pat fireplace, vintage coffee grinder and Doulton type lots more!
I just have to show you a close up of this absolutely gorgeous Kaybot plaster fireplace.....I am having huge difficulty parting with this but go it must and to be honest, I have no dolls house that it can fit in at the moment. The colour is richly beautiful and moulded features just wonderful.
This doll intrigues me greatly. At first glance when he came in, I assumed he was a Grecon Grandpa but on observation, I could not help but notice his weight due to huge lead feet....honestly....he is considerably heavier than your standard Grecon, plus the shape of his head is flatter. He has only four buttons on his waistcoat (don't Grecons have six?) and the checked pattern of his trousers is bigger than the Grecon Grandpas I have seen. So, I am of the opinion that this is a Tomac Grandpa doll. There is a Grandma too that came with him but she is slightly bald...poor lady, but she will be for sale too.

What is not sold on Saturday at the event, will then go up for sale next week on KT Miniatures website.

The event is at Haddenham Village Hall, Bucks HP17 8EE (2 miles from Thame and close to M40 - jncts 6-8). The event opens at 10.00 and closes at 4.00 and the event is in aid of Hearing Dogs For Deaf People & Leukeamia And Lymphoma Research.
Hope to see you there!