Sunday, 4 August 2019

Vintage &.Artisan Dolls House Fair In Thame - 2 Months To Go & What Is It All About?

After all the months of planning, there are now only 2 months to go until our VINTAGE & ARTISAN DOLLS HOUSE FAIR takes place on Saturday 12th October, and I am delighted to announce that all the 20 stand holders are booked! We have some truly amazing miniaturist artisans coming, plus some fabulous antique and vintage dolls house traders too. Some of the artisans rank amongst the very best in the UK, and many of the stand holders rarely attend fairs other than the large national events, so this is a fantastic opportunity to meet them in a smaller informal setting. 

Come and join us all at this unique and rather special event that is being held at Thame Barns Centre, which is set in the heart of the historic Oxfordshire market town of Thame. 

Thame is rich in history and the museum plus a variety of independent shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs, etc. are literally just a few minutes walk away from this fair venue.  Plus of course it is Midsomer Murder country - they are often filming for the long running TV show around here, so fans of the show may recognise some of the buildings!

The full list of stand holders can be seen below with all their details, live links are in blue. (Dolls House Restoration's booking has literally just come in and am awaiting details, but Trevor is well known for his brilliant Tri-ang/G&J Lines replica floor, roof and wall papers plus components for antique/vintage dolls house restoration). Many of these artisans I have known for years, and some I have only known by reputation but I thank them all for supporting this event. It is going to be quite a gathering!

Stand Holders

 Al'Turn'Ative Proportions  - Distinctive 1/12th & 1/24th scale handcrafted miniatures made from local exotic woods, Trustone, Corian, acrylics, and resins. Standard/Table and Art Deco style lamps (specialty miniatures)  and many other collectable items. Email:  ken.batty@ntlworld.com / Phone: 07775 694051

Dolls House Restoration - Awaiting Details

Ellie De Lacy - Quality hand bound miniature books, faux books, a wide range of artist's prints from Tudor to Edwardian eras, artist supplies, desk fillers and other items including sheet music. Email: ellie@elliedelacy.co.uk / Phone: 07801 151251

Flower Lady - A large range of flowers and plants, for house and garden. Mainly in 1/12th scale but some in 1/24th scale. Email: jantheflowerlady@gmail.com / Phone: 01794 323158

Herdwick Landscapes - Handmade buildings, period furniture and bespoke commissions in 1/24th & 1/48th scales. Email: cottages@herdwicklandscapes.co.uk / Phone: 01543 500416

KT Miniatures  - Seller of antique and vintage dolls houses plus related miniature items. Also maker of vintage style miniatures and miniature scenes. Organiser of this event. Email: info@ktminiatures.com / Phone: 01844 212520

L & A St.Leger - Mechanical toys, kitchen utensils, etc. Email: stleger.a.l@gmail.com / Phone: 01308 424709

Linda Bright - Artist Linda Bright hand paints vintage 50s/60s dolls houses. Also sells vintage dolls house furniture and cards of her paintings. Sketchbooks and source material will be available to view. Email: bright279@btinternet.com / Phone: 0794 7110214

Liza Antrim - Cider House Books  - Publisher of two books on antique dolls' houses, and seller of some of her much too big collection. Contact through website: www.ciderhousebooks.com

Malcolm's Miniatures Maker of doors, windows, flooring, wall panels, moulds to create realistic brick  & stone finishes, furniture and accessories in 1/12, 1/24 and 1/48 scales. Email: sales@malcolmsminiatures.co.uk / Phone: 01491 680951

Nicola Mascall Miniatures - Exquisite needlepoint on 40-72 count silk gauze. Rugs, wall hangings, cushions, stools, samples, bell pulls, screen, etc. Kits and finished commissions welcome. Email: nicola@nicolamascallminiatures.co.uk / Phone: 01373 454302

Onetwelfthscale - Miniature furniture mainly from the Arts & Crafts Movement by makers such as Macintosh, Stickley & Limbert. I also make Shaker furniture . Commissions accepted with clear photo of structure and dimensions. Email: ian@onetwelfthscale.co.uk / Phone: 020 8904 8410

Roberson Miniatures Prams and pushchairs from all eras.  Plus bicycles, toys, faux - bamboo furniture and beds. Email: cyroberson@btinternet.com /  Phone: 01305 250780

Severn ModelsFine kits of buildings and miniature detailing.  Email: andy@severnmodels.com 

Stokesay Ware  - Fine hand made plates and services in bone china decorated in traditional designs with fired 22ct gold and coloured enamels, plus Victorian style kitchen ware. Email: peter@stokesayware.co.uk / Phone: 020 7254 5242

Sylvia's Mini Knits - Miniature knitted clothes on dolls, also some to be put on your own dolls, all hand knitted. Email: smbaxter1943@hotmail.co.uk / Phone: 01452 560006

Teeny Weeny Teddies & Friends - Original handcrafted miniature teddies, dolls, rabbits, etc. Email: davepee@hotmail.co.uk

Victoria Fasken  - Wide range of exquisite hand-painted accessories including tea sets and dinner services. Email: vfasken@gmail.com

Wendy's World - Vintage dolls houses,  furniture, dolls and accessories. Email: wendyhobday@wendysworld.co.uk /  01895 834348

Yesterday Child - Vintage & antique doll's house miniatures and accessories, collection of authentic wallpapers. Email: djbarrington@btinternet.com /  01908 583403

The Charity CRY & Why We Are Supporting It...


If you have been following KT Miniatures Journal, you will know that as organiser, I am going to donate 50% of any profit made from running this event to the brilliant charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) which has special resonance for my family.  Not only would I  like to raise lots of money for CRY, but I would also like to raise awareness for them too...as many people have never heard of the charity and are unaware of the wonderful work they do. 

Celia & Kate

As you know, my daughter suffered a cardiac arrest very suddenly and randomly, one fateful November evening back in 2017. However,  thanks to the skill and help of a lot of people, she survived against all the odds and pulled through. It was when she came out of hospital she felt isolated, there seemed to be no support network for youngsters with cardiac problems. But then someone mentioned CRY to us.Through CRY my daughter met other young people who had been through similar experiences, some of whom also had a S-I.C.D. fitted. This helped her greatly and gradually she was able to get back into the routine of life and back to full time work. Since then we have learned what an amazing charity CRY is, and how they can help young people along with their families.


So What Is The Charity CRY All About?


It stands for...Cardiac Risk in the Young. The charity's vision as a whole is "to prevent young sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening and research, and supporting affected families." To find out more about the charity, see their website: www.c-r-y.org.uk


Other Ways To Raise Money For CRY At This Event
There is going to be a Grand Charity Raffle and some wonderful high quality miniatures from various UK artisans have already been donated, all proceeds will be in aid of CRY. Some of the prizes already donated can be viewed on the main promotional page for this event. Huge thanks to all the artisans who have already donated. Raffle tickets can only be purchased on the day at the event and each ticket will cost £1.00 each. 
 

Refreshments throughout the duration of the event will be offered by the brilliant vintage style Oxfordshire caterer, Time For Tea. They provide pop up vintage tea rooms serving sandwiches, cakes, scones and plenty of tea! Huge thanks to owner Charlotte Cavanagh who has pledged to donate 10% of all profits made on the day to CRY. 

So there we are...it is going to be a fantastic day and I hope lots of you can come! For the main promotional page for this event and full up to date information, including how to get to the venue, please click on the following link:

Celia Thomas - KT Miniatures

Sunday, 14 July 2019

A Large & Rather Lovely Antique Dolls House For Sale

Although I have moved my workroom (now lovingly called "My Studio") down to the ground floor, for logistical and practical reasons I am not really able to cope with the larger dolls houses nowadays. Mainly due to a dodgy knee and back!     

So when a "dolls house friend" of many years, sent me photos of a gorgeous large dolls house she wishes to sell, I did give it some serious consideration. But for reasons as stated above, I have had to decline in taking it on myself.  However, this house needs to be sold quickly, so I have offered to give it a mention on here, in the hope that someone reading this can give it a new home. 

And here it is in all its magnificent glory!
My friend says that she thinks it is Victorian, and is not sure if it is an old Turnbull or not. I'm not sure either. It is back opening with three floors, and measures 32 1/2 inches wide x 20 inches deep  x 38 1/2 inches tall. It is on castors apparently, which is definitely a bonus.  

It has beautiful flooring, all of which have retained their colour - possibly because they had all been covered with loose carpet previously. All papers appear to be original, inside and outside. One side will need re-papering. 
The windows are glazed with glass and there is no indication of woodworm or ever having been woodworm. 

A quick sale is needed and the friend is asking for £250 - which is a brilliant price for such an old beauty! Collection only from Orpington in Kent, as it is too large to package.

Please note this is not being sold by KT Miniatures, but if anyone is interested simply get in touch with me asap and I will put you in touch with the seller, then you can deal with her direct. 

UPDATE: APPARENTLY THIS HAS NOW BEEN SOLD AND GONE TO A NEW HOME. 

Celia

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Windows From A c1930s Tri-ang No.53 Dolls House Available

Just gone up for sale recently are these metal windows from a c1930s  Tri-ang No.53 dolls house. The No.53 was part of the Ultra Modern Series (the flat roof art deco type).


These have all come from a totally dilapidated dolls house that could not be saved, and  rarely come along. They have all been over painted in blue, there is no acetate glazing, but are in a solid condition. The ones seen above are the smaller version.
There are some corner windows too, which are basically the smaller windows that have been bent at a 90 degree angle.

Then there is this large metal window.
Plus another large window that has been slightly curved as it has come from the bay window.

All of these are currently available and can be found under the "Restoration" section, on the following link:


There was a sun room that came with these but it was snapped up straight away, unsurprisingly due to its rarity.

There are one or two other components from the same dolls house including doors...which will go up for sale shortly.
Celia

A New KT Miniatures Website In The Offing....


Being a non techno' minded person, anything to do with computers, websites and well, basically technology in general, frightens me to death when problems arise.

And yep folks....KT Miniatures website is in trouble. 


Even though my current website is only 3 years old, a new website is needed and it is becoming ever more urgent due to the impending changes that "Wordpress" are bringing in which will create incompatibility issues that can no longer be ignored. 

 I'm  just going to have to grab the bull by the horns and learn a whole new method of website editing. 

A meeting is scheduled for today with a local IT company who, fingers crossed, are going to help create a new KT Miniatures website. They will need the patience of a saint!

Having listened to feedback from various sources with regards to the current website layout, I am considering changing the whole constructional format of how the antique and vintage dolls house items are displayed, in order to make it more concise and less complicated. 

However, we are still in the very early stages of discussing/planning so this is going to take quite a while to sort out.

Wish me luck!
Celia

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Am Back From Travels - KT Miniatures Is Open Again!

Sorry to all of you who have been trying to get hold of me this past week or so.....have been away to Bruges  for a wonderful few days  break (a birthday present off family), but am now back and raring to go. I have just finished catching up on the backlog of emails. 
As I work from home, for obvious reasons I cannot broadcast beforehand when I am away. 

Thank you for your patience. 

Celia

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Best Birthday Present Ever!

Well, followers of KT Miniatures will know that I have been awaiting the birth of my granddaughter for weeks. She had been giving her poor mum a real hard time from day one, it had not been an easy pregnancy. There have been a few dodgy moments, particularly at 28 weeks, and we all expected her to come early. Then the due date came and went, and the days rolled by. As my mega big birthday loomed on the horizon, family and friends would titter and say that wouldn't it be funny if she was born on my 60th birthday. But then we all thought no, she would definitely come before then surely:)

Ha ha, but guess what......9 days after the due date, on the afternoon of my 60th birthday last week, little Josie was born. Mum and baby are doing just fine. So my birthday plans were slightly amended last minute, and I spent my birthday evening at the hospital cuddling little Josie. The best birthday present ever....how could anything ever top that from now on!!!

I have been undertaking extra Grandma duties for her big brother and partaking in birthday celebrations ever since, but normality has now returned and I'm back at my computer once again.  Apologies for any slight delay in replying to emails and queries.
Celia  


Thursday, 9 May 2019

Unusual Art Deco Furniture Identified As Austrian By Wallach & Co. Of Vienna

I love a mystery!

So when these three unusual dolls house pieces came in, I did my utmost to try and identify them...but to no avail. They remained a mystery.  Then they went up for sale on KT Miniatures website, and I could only describe as seen. I'd been coming around to the idea that they were possibly Japanese, and had discounted them from being British or German, for various reasons. 


Clearly all were in the Art Deco style, so I surmised that they were from the 1920s/30s. I have to say that whatever the wood is, it is very similar to some of those c1920s/30s Japanese pieces of furniture that have the inlay of Mount Fuji. 
Also the gold coloured decorative handles are very different from anything I have seen before.

And then, as so often is the case, a lovely person came forward and identified them for me!! Apparently I had the information here at my fingertips...on page 123 of Marion Osborne's "A-Z 1914 To 1941 Dollshouses" (now well out of print). However, the reason that I did not pick up on it is that the tiny photocopy image of this furniture in my old and well thumbed copy of this book, was far from clear, in fact quite blurred...so it had literally just passed me by all these years, I had never noticed it there at the bottom of page 123.
But Marion Osborne has forwarded the above image from her original book and kindly given me permission to use it in this blog posting, so thank you Marion! 

As you can see from the above information and the photo on the left, I can now definitively state that these two wooden sideboards and table date from the 1920s and were made by Wallach & Co of Vienna. It appears they are not British, not German, not Japanese but Austrian! They were sold by a continental American company that went by the name of Hyman Brummer, whose office and showroom were based at No.1 Amber Street, Shudehill, Manchester (UK). They were listed as being not just the agent and sole distributor for Wallach & Co, but for several other manufacturers too. Wallach & Co were advertised as a toy furniture manufacturer of artistic designs. 

Artistic designs they certainly were and I have not seen sideboards particularly made quite like this before! The larger sideboard is quite complex in design.
 All the doors and drawers open. 
It measures 6 1/8" wide x 2" at deepest point x 5" back height, and would say that it is probably nearest to being 1/16th scale.
The decorative veneer inlay is quite attractive, although it appears to have buckled slightly on the larger sideboard. 
The smaller sideboard is different again and has two unusual smaller upper shelves that are supported by metal rods. 

All the doors and single drawer open. 
This sideboard measures 4 1/8" wide x 1 1/2" deep x 4" back height. 
The table's pedestal support is quite unusual and has strips of the decorative veneer inlay around all four sides. 
The veneer inlay is also around the table top too. Height of the table is 2 1/8" so very much in the 1/16th scale. 

So there we are, mystery solved. 

The larger sideboard has already been snapped up but the smaller sideboard with table are being sold together, and are currently available. These can be found on the following page:
http://ktminiatures.com/living-and-dining-room/

Thursday, 25 April 2019

A Trio Of Very Different Overmantel Dolls House Fireplaces!

Over the past few days I have been listing various antique and vintage dolls house furniture to KT Miniatures website, which are available for purchase. Amongst the pieces that have most recently been listed are two highly sought after and increasingly hard to find 1920s/1930s fireplaces with overmantels. To make up the trio I have included a possibly homemade fireplace with overmantel mirror from the same era that is also currently for sale. 
1. c1920s Elgin/Tri-ang Jacobean Fireplace With Overmantel. 2. 1920s/30s Fireplace With Overmantel Mirror (Possibly Homemade). 3. c1930s Pit-a-Pat Fireplace With Overmantel Mirror & Box Curb Seat. 
I thought it would be fun to highlight all three together on here, as although very different in style, they all originate from the 1920s/1930s era and British made. 

1. c1920s Elgin/Tri-ang Fireplace With Overmantel
Here is a Jacobean fireplace that were made by Elgin for Tri-ang and were part of the Tri-ang PF/10 Jacobean Dining Room set that was available from approx. c1922-1923. (Details of all the Elgin/Tri-ang furniture can be found in Marion Osborne's "The Book Of Tri-ang Furniture - http://ktminiatures.com/marion-osborne-books/). 


It has a very distinctive printed brick card backing with lit fire detail and a brass grate. 
This is so evocative of the 1920s.
The wooden fender too adds to the overall attractiveness and authenticity of  this fireplace.  Measures 5 3/4" wide x 5 1/2" high x 1 3/4" deep to end of fender with fireplace in situ. This fireplace and fender has just been put up for sale on KT Miniatures website and at the time of writing this post, is available to purchase. 

2. c1920s/30s Fireplace With Overmantel Mirror
This is a wonderful wooden fireplace with its own unique charm, the like of which is rarely seen these days. 
The fire surround and hearth are covered in a delightful tiled paper, instantly recognisable as the kind that was available around the pre-war era of the 1920s/30s. 
In fact if you look underneath the hearth you can see the Delft style windmill frieze image that would have edged the bottom (top?) of the original sheet of tiled paper - how fantastic is that!
The fire has a large and rather chunky silver painted wooden fretwork grate with crumpled coloured tissue paper to give the illusion of a lit fire. The mantelpiece, fireplace sides and upper backing is in a dark varnished finish. Then there is the lovely rectangular mirror with shaped frame. 

I am assuming that this has been homemade, possibly from old Handicrafts or Hobbies plans? It measures 5" at widest point x 2 5/8" at deepest point x 5 3/8" high. 

This is currently for sale and can be found on the following page, you will need to scroll about halfway down until you get to it: CLICK HERE

3. c1930s Pit-a-Pat Fireplace With Overmantel Mirror & Curb Box Seat
Here is an increasingly hard to find and highly sought after c1930s Pit-a-Pat fireplace with overmantel mirror and fixed box curb seat. 
I just love this! The oval mirror with mantelpiece underneath is just gorgeous so too the fixed box curb seat which is upholstered in brown rexine, that is widely seen on many of the Pit-a-Pat sofas and armchairs, etc. 
This fireplace is fully intact and in original condition. Nailed around the rexine upholstered box curb seats is the silver coloured strip which gives added detail. So too there is the original metal grate, brick paper and distinctive wooden beading so often seen on Pit-a-Pat furniture. 

This is in such super condition, whoever has had this all these years have certainly looked after it.
Even the red and black square label is still fully intact on the back. 

The oval mirror is such a lovely touch and really adds to the overall charm of this fireplace. Measures 5 1/4" high x 4 1/2" wide x 1 5/8" deep. This has just been put up for sale on the Pit-a-Pat page and can be found on the following link: CLICK HERE

Why not go and check out many of the other antique and vintage items that can be found on KT Miniatures' various pages. 

Thursday, 11 April 2019

From MDF To This - Look At My Early 1900s German Style Kitchen A Year Later!

Followers of this journal may remember KT Miniatures' workshop prototype of an old German style kitchen. It featured on this journal a number of times last year. The whole project was inspired by the miniature German kitchens commonly seen around the early 1900s, and was the basis for KT Miniatures 2018 workshops. 


The kitchen project started off as four pieces of plain MDF glued together to create a floor, back and two sides. Then after some fun painting coloured squares on the floor it went from this...
...to this. 

And then after some arty painting on the wall plus construction of authentic pieces of kitchen furniture and accessories by simply using cardboard, wood, card, paint, etc. it ended up looking like this...
The German style furniture and fixtures were based on real antique dolls house items, plus the old style frieze created purely for this project, was inspired by some old dolls house wallpaper. 
The project also included replica lithographed plates, saucepans, utensils, jug, etc.all made from card and paint. In the photo above the dresser, jug and plates on the left are the actual genuine antique items. The dresser, jug and plates on the right are the replicas as reproduced for the workshop. 
Then at the time of running this kitchen workshop back in 2018, in order to help the ladies who were attending, I illustrated on KT Miniatures Journal how the prototype could look dressed with some actual genuine antique miniature pieces, alongside all the handmade pieces that were included in the project.  

And now, here we are a year later...

I am delighted to say that the kitchen prototype now looks like this...I absolutely love it!

Over the past 12 months I have had great fun collecting all kinds of antique bits and pieces to put in this little kitchen. 
In fact I have ended up with so much paraphernalia (you know what it's like, one can become obsessed once you start collecting) that I decided to create an additional long wooden shelf  that runs right across the top of the back wall. It is now perfect for displaying all the additional jelly moulds, metal food covers, etc. that I now seem to have.
The cardboard replica range, wall shelf and bench are heavily laden with all kinds of pots, pans, kitchenware, etc. 
At the other end of the kitchen more antique pieces adorn the replica dresser, kitchen side table and wall rack. 
Plus I have fixed to the wall an antique German wooden flour box and an Art Nouveau German soft metal rack from which a dustpan and brush hang. 
The heavily aged cream painted metal table and matching tin chair came in after I had made the kitchen and I just could not part with them. They look perfect in the centre of the kitchen floor. 
In fact, the kitchen is now literally bursting at the seams but I'm sure I'll be able to squeeze one or two more bits in, at the very least! 

Hope you enjoyed the update:)
Celia

Currently I have one of my handmade early 1900s German style kitchens for sale on the website, same dimensions as the workshop prototype above. 

The walls were inspired by a genuine antique German kitchen and the floor has been covered in antique wallpaper. All furniture and accessories as seen are included:
http://ktminiatures.com/early-1900s-german-style-miniature-kitchen/