Wednesday, 7 November 2012

An Old Miniature LMS Train Time Table....And Two Other Rare Treasures.

I have had some rather special miniatures come in these past few days, some of which were snapped up immediately they went up for sale on Monday....I will show you those lower in this posting. However first, I want to show you something that I listed late yesterday and something that I have never seen before. It is amazing.......

A very old LMS Time miniature!
 LMS, for those who don't know (I didn't fully and had to Google it) stands for....London Midland Scottish Railway....which was one of the main railway companies that I understand commenced in 1923 and then ended when it was nationalised at the beginning of January 1948.
So this is old....exactly how old, I don't know. It measures just 1" in length and has simply LMS printed on the red front and back cover. The spine says LMS Time Table. There are a lot of pages in this little book....far too many for me to count, but every page appears to have a different time table and information. I even got my very big strong magnifying glass out to see if it was possible to read any of it but nope.....the print is too weeny and my eyesight is not quite what it used to be. I guess this was created as a novelty marketing item for the railway company.

I am also surmising, that due to material shortages during and after the war, that this wouldn't have been printed in the 1940s and am assuming that this was printed either 1920s or 1930s. It is in excellent condition, with just some staining on the lower edge of the pages....hardly noticeable. This has been sitting up in a loft for decades, untouched, along with the other items that appear below.

How cool it would be to have this sitting on your old dolls house sideboard or table! Could also appeal to railway enthusiasts. Can be found on KT Miniatures Antique 1/12th General Page.

And now for a couple of very special little items that came with the timetable and which were listed on KT Miniatures website on Monday but then which were sold almost immediately.


First up is this teeny wooden doll that fits inside a wooden egg. These are around and if you look on the internet alone, much can be found out about them....but dating seems a little sketchy....anything ranging from late Victorian to the 1930s. This one appears to originate from the 1920s and has been stored away in an attic for decades, untouched. I have never handled one in such wonderful condition before, I don't think it has ever been played with.
 Isn't she lovely! The tiny doll, with jointed limbs, measures a mere 5/8" long.

 This envelope says it all really, doesn't it? 

This tiny strawberry jam ....and yes folks, I believe there is real strawberry jam in there, was made by Chivers & Sons Ltd. as a reproduction of the ones supplied to Queen Mary's Dolls House. The dolls house was actually on display at the British Empire Exhibition which took place at Wembley in London from 1924 to 1925.  The craftsmen and tradesmen who contributed to the dolls house, ranked amongs the very finest of the era.
As you can see on the front of the envelope, it tells us that this would have been purchased from the Chivers & Sons Ltd stand at the exhibition....
absolutely wonderful and a little piece of social history.


Giac said...

Hello Celia,
These are just wonderful. I'm so happy that there are wonderful old pieces like this in good condition out there. It's sad to think how much of our mini world is lost over the years because people dismiss artwork as "old toys".
Thank you for the pictures and the information.
Big hug,

KT Miniatures said...

Hi Giac. I think you are right there.....I suspect many little mini treasures have been disposed of, over the years. Celia