Saturday, 11 September 2021

Dolls Houses Past & Present E-zine Is Back As A Quarterly!

 Fab News!!!

The Dolls Houses Past & Present online magazine is back!

From its conception in 2009 it appeared regularly as a quarterly, its first editor being Wendy Gater, the second editor  Anna-Maria, and then Australian editor Rebecca Green who took over in 2011. The magazine (as well as the website) quickly gained a wonderful reputation and became highly regarded in the world of miniatures and dolls houses, with every new issue eagerly awaited. Sadly since 2016, issues dwindled down to about once a year for various reasons, including major technical problems with the old website, resulting in a mammoth fundraising effort to raise funds for a brand-new website…with volunteers helping to shift thousands of files of archive photos over from the old website to the new. This all has taken time, but the result is quite remarkable seeing as the website is non profit making and run purely by volunteers. 

Rebecca has taken a step back from the website due to health reasons, therefore, it is brilliant news to hear that  admin. member Zoe Handy, has kindly volunteered to take over the role of editor and bring the magazine back as a quarterly publication once again.

So, if you are a fan of dolls houses (antique, vintage or not so old)  then why not go take a look at the brand-new September 2021 issue, where you will find many pages of fascinating topics, all dolls house related. Contributors in the September issue come from all over including Germany, US, New Zealand and the UK.

Click on the following link to view:

https://www.dollshousespastandpresent.co.uk/Magazine/Issue-33-September-2021

Dolls Houses Past & Present have galleries and databases of antique, vintage and not so old dolls houses, plus a forum where people can chat away with like minded people, and much more!

https://www.dollshousespastandpresent.co.uk/


Friday, 27 August 2021

Some Little Antique German Tin Treasures!

 Some rather lovely little antique German tin gems have just gone up for sale on KT Miniatures website.

Rare German Tin Bath With Overhead Shower


These tin bathroom items are becoming increasingly hard to find these days, so how fabulous is this!

Here is an antique German tin bath with overhead shower and cistern. 

It is quite pretty too. On each side of the bath there is a red and brown lithographed boat pattern, plus along the base edge it is painted blue. The rest of the base and back have been overpainted at some time during its long life in a dark cream paint, and although a bit patchy I think it just adds to the shabby chic charm. 

Over the top of the bath there is a fixed cistern with hole in the top and a gold painted metal overhead shower. 
At the base of the cistern is a metal tap that has a moveable handle. I can't help but wonder that if water is poured into the top of the cistern, with the aid of the tap, the water may pour into the bath? I hasten to add, I have not tried it...and perhaps will leave that to the new owner to try:)

Underneath it is marked GERMANY. I suspect this dates from around the 1920s/30s?

Antique German Tin Toilet, Including Cistern & Toilet Roll


This is rather magnificent too...an antique German tin toilet that has a toilet roll and chain that one can pull! 
I bet many of the the little previous owners of this have had great fun playing with it. 
The fixed toilet seat has been lithographed in a yellow and brown design to represent wood. The base has been overpainted in a very pale pink.


Ok, there is some paint loss and aging, plus there has also been some slight overpainting on the top and bottom of the back in pink but this has not lost any of its charm. 

 I suspect that this is also German and originates from around the 1920s/30ss era.

Both of these lovely items are now currently up for sale on KT Miniatures website at the time of writing this post, their details can be found here:


Old German Tin Pushchair
This gorgeous little German tin pushchair is currently up for sale on KT Miniatures in the "Nursery" section. 

It has a delightful blue and white floral lithographed design around the sides. 

It has a metal handle and four tin spoked wheels. The interior has a moulded criss-cross patterned base and backrest.

It comes with a lace edged pillow and a fabric base cushion. This would make a lovely addition to your old dolls house nursery. More details can be found on the following link:
 
Celia Thomas

Monday, 2 August 2021

KT Miniatures Is Back Open For Business!

 Hi Everyone

Am pleased to say that after two weeks of being completely flattened by Covid, KT Miniatures is now back open for business once again.

My apologies for the delay in any outstanding orders but thank you for your patience and understanding. I am slowly working through my inbox this morning to contact those of you who have been waiting patiently. 

In my naivety of being double vaccinated, I assumed that if I caught Covid it would be just a mild infection....but how wrong I was! It seems that it is the Delta variant I caught and it is a real nasty thing. 

I still have no sense of smell, a weird change in sense of taste, and am left with a hacking cough which I cannot shake off. But at least the fevers and breathlessness have now ceased, it was quite scary. I am very thankful that I have been double jabbed because otherwise I would have been in big trouble. 

So please be careful out there and still take precautions, just because you are double jabbed does not mean that you will not get Covid...and although you may not end up in hospital it is still a horrible thing to have. 

Celia

KT Miniatures

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

KT MINIATURES CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 Unfortunately I have had to close due to Covid illness.  

As from today I am closed for business for at least 10 days.

Apologies for the delay in any outstanding orders, I will give them priority as soon as I am able to do so. 
Celia
KT Miniatures

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

c1930s Wagner & Son Stable, Antique Horses On Wheels Plus A Rare Britains' Tin Pond

Some very different kind of miniatures went up for sale on KT Miniatures recently. 

A lot were sold as soon as they went up for sale on the website, but nevertheless, I thought I would feature these on here anyway as they are quite unusual. Let's start with the stable first...

c1930s Wagner & Son Stable Plus Various Figures
This was definitely a first for KT Miniatures and quite a rare item. I have sold Wagner & Son dolls houses in the past, but never a stable. This was believed to originate from the 1930s. 



The stable exterior is of wooden construction in a cream painted finish and terracotta painted roof. The main stable room has three sections with feeding trough and shelf along the back. Plus to the left of this area is a larger space for the cart.  Above this area is the hayloft that has one larger opening door with window (missing metal tack handle) and a smaller opening door that has the original metal tack handle.  The painted stencil design around the doors is like the painted finish on some of the Wagner dolls houses of the same period. 

The building measures 21 ¾” wide x 7 ½” deep x 15 ¾” high.
On the far-left side wall exterior there is an image of a hand painted tree, which is rather charming. 

To the far right of the stable is a quaint little hen house with a side ramp leading up to an upper floor. The roof of the hen house is hinged which allows access to inside. 


The whole of the building is fixed to a green painted wooden base. 


Above the hayloft door one can tell from the tiny bit of glue residue that something is missing…possibly a wooden hook for a pulley mechanism perhaps? 
Accompanying this stable building is an old wooden cart with metal spoked wheels. There is a historic worm hole on the top lip of the cart, however there is no evidence of there being any further infestation to either the cart or the stable. 
There are two 1930s Elastolin figures and a rooster (each marked ELASTOLIN). There is also a bull, cow and bullock, possibly Elastolin but there is no maker’s mark. 

This sold almost immediately it went up for sale, so please note that this is no longer available. 

Rare 1930s Britains Tinplate Pond & Swans

Again, this is a first for KT Miniatures and not something one would necessarily associate with dolls houses. It is truly lovely and the photos don't really do justice to this lithographed item. 
The patina of the colouring is quite muted and lovely. The three lead swans came with this pond, am not sure if they are original to it. 

The detail is charming, there are two little pond lilies in the water and surrounding the pond is an illusion of rockery and vegetation. 

This Britains pond is quite different to the Britains lead garden pond that was also available during the 1930s.  I am assuming that this pond was originally sold to be used primarily with the Britains farm items? From what I could gather, this pond was only available for a limited time during the 1930s, hence the rarity factor. 

Please note that this also is no longer available to purchase on KT Miniatures,  as it too was sold almost immediately it went up for sale. 

Antique Miniature Horses On Wheels


These are another first for KT Miniatures and again, not necessarily associated with dolls house collectors. But if you are looking for something a little different to add to your miniatures collection, then these could be for you. They are being sold separately and are believed to be of paper mache construction, although I am not an expert on miniature horses and am wondering if they could possibly be made of some kind of composition? Each horse stands on a wooden base with rotating metal wheels. They are believed to be of German origin from the early 1900s. 

This horse comes in a dappled brown/cream painted finish, with additional painted detail. The saddle appears to be made of leather and has metal stirrups. 

This horse comes in a brown painted finish, with additional painted detail. It too has a leather saddle with metal stirrups. 

These are currently still for sale and can be found on the following page:
https://ktminiatures.com/garden/