I am feeling very pleased and excited.
I think I have finally, positively, identified the original maker of my miniature Whiteley’s Catalogue House
And they are … G & J Lines
The house below is currently on eBay – with an asking price of £400
One of the joys of eBay – for me at least – is reading the descriptions –
G & J Lines Dolls House c1900’s requiring restoration
Original interior papers, original fireplaces ( one grill missing), exterior original papers, but has been overpainted at sometime.
There is dormant woodworm in the roof and floor.
Bought with the intention of restoring but no time
Approx size Base 241/2 inches wide by 17 inches deep. Height 30 inches.
Please see pictures.
Cash on collection. COLLECTION ONLY
There is dormant woodworm in the roof and floor !!! – is it asleep, or merely biding its time before leaping forth to devour everthing in sight?
Woodworm aside, and even without chimneys, it is a remarkable match for the one used as an illustration in What a Life!
For anyone interested, there is a good article on the Musuem of Childhood webpage about G & J Lines, who were important British toy makers of the late 19th and whose production continued well in to the 20th Century.
The Museum have also, very generously, made available the Tri-ang Toys Catalogue (Lines Bros), 1937-8