Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Some Rare Antique German Miniatures & Some Increasingly Rare c1930s British Made Miniatures Just Gone Up For Sale...

Some quite rare dolls house miniatures went up for sale yesterday on KT Miniatures website. One or two were  snapped up immediately, but there are plenty more miniature delights to be had still.
This antique soft metal chair is a bit of a mystery. I am assuming that it is either late 1800s or early 1900s German made? But it has been suggested to me that it could also be French? 

If anyone out there can shed some light on the origin of this, I would love to hear from you. It is gorgeous. I do have another chair like this but which is missing one leg, and am considering whether to do something arty with it. The other chair is too lovely to be consigned to a box for evermore just because it is missing a leg, so watch this space:)

Here is an increasingly hard to find attractive sideboard with decorative mirror top. It is very much in the Biedermeier style with lithographed paper imitating wood. This is also believed to be late 1800s, early 1900s and German made.  

The original tarnished mirror is kept in place by blue paper over the back. 

The little metal handle is missing but seeing that this is over 100 years old I think it can be forgiven. 
More about the above items can be found on the following page: 

This is a first for KT Miniatures, never handled one of these little painted metal German bathroom scales before. It is exquisite. 
It is believed to originate from the 1920s and is marked GERMANY underneath. The pastel pink and cream colour is very pretty.
The dial detail is quite sweet too. 
More about this can be found on the following page:

Some c1930s British Made Miniatures
Here is a set of c1930s  Charbens brown painted metal furniture, which was manufactured in the UK. I must admit, I am finding more and more that amongst the few pieces of Charbens metal furniture that does come along,  about 50% of the items seem to be suffering from the same fate as a lot of the Dinky Dolly Varden dolls house furniture, ie. with metal fatigue. Is it a fault with the material used or could a major cause be how and where these little treasures may have been stored over the decades...such as attics that can experience temperature extremes throughout the seasons?

The bureau/bookcase rarely comes along, and although this is suffering a little from metal fatigue (there is a hole in the bureau front, plus a gaping hole in the back unseen), it is well over 80 years old so allowances can be made.
The piano is another hard to find Charbens piece.

This one is fully intact, including the two foot pedals and the side supporting bars...these are so often missing!
And although this Charbens dining table has suffered much paint loss and has two tiny metal fatigue holes in the top, it still could be useful to someone.
More of these can be seen on the following link:

Here is a 1/24th scale Dinky Dolly Varden metal bedroom suite, in a mottled pink finish.

The dressing table, stool and cupboard are in a relatively good condition. The drawers open on the dressing table and cupboard.
The bed base, as you can see has one or two holes in it caused by metal fatigue! But someone with nimble fingers could easily make a tiny mattress and bedclothes to cover all this.
This set can be seen on the following link:

Now these little 1/24th scale Dinky Dolly Varden kitchen and one chair sets, are in fabulous condition, which is refreshing.

The mock drawer detail is quite effective.
These would look fabulous in any tiny 1/24th scale dolls house.
Can be seen on:

Various other bits and bobs were listed to various sections of KT Miniatures yesterday. Why not go take a peek and see if there is anything that takes your fancy:


Giac said...

Hello Celia,
These are just beautiful. I especially love the chair and the bedroom set. They are all terrific.
Big hug

KT Miniatures said...

They are rather lovely aren't they Giac. Quite a few of the items have now been snapped up but there is still plenty for sale. Celia