We had a gleam of sunshine earlier this week, so I tried to take some photographs of a Christian Hacker House that I had just finished.
They were not entirely successful, but they were not bad and the colours were … nearly right … mostly…
If I sound grudging, it is because the house is very delicately coloured and I don’t think I have managed to capture this very well.
The very little that I know about Christian Hacker boils down to a meagre 6 facts
- The Christian Hacker factory was founded in Nuremberg in 1835.
- They made many sorts of wooden toys – stables, dolls’ houses, room sets, shops and castles (and many, many more).
- The toys were very high quality, often highly decorated and very expensive.
- The company twice won medals in Paris at the Great Exhibition.
- The company closed in 1927.
- If you are lucky the toy may be identified by a stamp, or label, showing the company insignia of CH on a shield, under a crown
I have never found an old company catalogue for any of the Christian Hacker toys, and the most I have been able to find out about the house that I make in miniature, comes from Faith Eaton’s excellent – The Ultimate Dolls’ House Book (published by Dorling Kindersley).
This house , made in Nuremberg c1900, is typical of those created by Christian Hacker. Although some aspects varied to some extent, other features, such as the lift off mansard roof and the “French” look illustrated here, were invariably maintained.
In my miniature version the mansard roof is fixed in place, but otherwise I feel it is very close to the spirit of the original.