Thursday, February 11, 2010

Antique Dollhouse Icebox

We just had a big snowstorm here, and the day before, everyone scurried around like squirrels, stocking up on groceries in case they got snowed in. Coincidentally, I had just received my latest miniatures purchase: this 5 inch tall dollhouse icebox made by Hubley in the 1920s-30s, complete with its original glass "ice block," so I loaded it up too. Now everyone is prepared, including my dollhouse residents, and we won't suffer any Donner Party type disasters.


Here's the provisions:

And here's a close-up of the glass ice block. 
Amazing that this has survived!


  1. You have some fantastic things here! I look forward to scrolling back to see what I missed.

  2. This little fridge is fantastic~! I've never seen one with the ice before...

  3. Me neither: I fell in love with it when I saw it. Coincidentally, at the toy show this past weekend, I saw an old toy truck, a flatbed type, with 2 of these ice blocks in the back cargo area. An ice truck? It was really interesting and I was hugely tempted by it, but I don't know much about old tin trucks, so I passed for now.

  4. I have an Alaska Ice Box with the original paint and the block of ice that has no chips. I was trying to find out where I can find it's worth along with a antique stove. I cannot find a manufacture name on them. I googled antique Ice Box and you came up. How do I find out? I would appreciate suggestions. :)

  5. These were usually made by Arcade or Hubley, so try adding those names to your google search for Ice Box. If you go to eBay, there's one up right now. There were different styles, mine is the simplest. If you search completed listings at eBay, you'll see some others and their final sale prices.

    Good books for old kitchen toys: Collector's Guide to Housekeeping Toys, by Margaret Wright and Toy Stoves, 1850-1950, by Florence Theriault.

  6. Thank you Tracy! I appreciate your help. I am trying to raise some money for my elderly parents, 90 and 87 by selling some of their things. They have many needs and little money. My God bless you!