Portfolio Category: History Gallery

Koppel House, unknown artist, ca. 1880

This pinewood cabinet with six rooms on four floors is completely furnished with approximately 30 pieces of Biedermeier furniture. A tiny newspaper, Die Gartenlaube, records a greeting from Aunt Henriette Ree to Doritha Koppel on the occasion of her 4th birthday. According to Legoland Museum records, the house was later acquired by a family named…
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Daneway House, English, 1775

The Daneway House is a typical 18th century baby house, built to show off a collection of miniature furnishings rather than as a scaled re-creation of a real home. At some time the original George III facade was lost and replaced with a plywood front of a different architectural era. Miniature artist Casey Rice restored…
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Danish Antique Shop, unknown artist, ca.1900

This wooden setting of a Dutch “antic” shop with the name, Leif Kobmand includes a window display, 16 drawer cabinet and shelving filled with antique miniatures. Toy shops were popular children’s toys in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They were valued by adults for their educational merit. Read more about the Danish Antique Shop in…
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Just Suits, Unknown Artist from Malden, Massachusetts, ca. 1900

The spectacular miniature house known as Just Suits was built in Malden, Massachusetts, sometime around 1900. According to the story that has always accompanied the miniature, the builder died soon after completing it, the victim of an accident involving an unlucky encounter with a horse-drawn buggy. The owners of the house commemorated his passing by…
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Turn-of-the-Century Nuremberg Kitchen, Moritz Gottschalk, ca. 1909

This toy kitchen made by the Mortiz Gottschalk Company shows the change in real kitchens at the turn-of-the-century. Cream or white lacquered furniture and lithographed paper imitating delft tiled walls were bright and clean unlike the earlier dark, sooty Nuremberg style kitchens. Children could learn to maintain this bright sparkling clean kitchen by using the…
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Large Bliss House, Bliss Manufacturing Company, ca. early 1900s

Rufus Bliss opened the R. Bliss Manufacturing Company in 1832 principally producing screws and clamps for piano and cabinet makers. The company started to produce wooden toys around the 1870s adding dollhouses to their inventory around 1890. Bliss was one of the first American toy companies to make dollhouses. Bliss houses were prized for their…
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German Christmas Stall, J. Miller, Ca. 1865

The first sign that Christmas is coming in Germany is the opening of the Christkindlmarkt or Christ Child Markets. It is a tradition that dates back to 1628. German cities big and small offer baked goods, sweets and toys- with an emphasis on local and regional specialties. Open-air stalls, like this miniature are filled with…
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German Dollhouse, Christian Hacker, ca. 1892

Christian Hacker produced exquisite dollhouses, kitchens and shops from the mid-1800s through 1914. The Nuremberg company is best known for its three-story dollhouses with mansard roofs although they produced houses in many styles including a series with hipped roofs. Because the houses had a French appearance they were originally misattributed as made in France but…
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Automated House of Emil Wick, Emil Wick, ca. 1885

Toward the end of his life, Emil Wick set about creating five masterpiece mechanical houses for his five godchildren. Each was unique and was an extraordinary living document of early 19th century Swiss village life. This three-story wooden house or hotel, typical of Basel, Switzerland in the early 1800s is populated with mechanical figures animated…
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