Monday, June 7, 2010

Schoenhut Dollhouse

One of my birthday gifts this year was a 1930s Schoenhut dollhouse, made of wood and fibreboard with teeny tiny green shutters and printed "wooden" floor coverings. It's a very petite little house, only 10 1/2 inches tall. The roof is a bit crumbly and saggy, but it's still there, along with the often-missing original door.

I've fitted it out with 1/2 inch scale 1920s - 1930s Tootsie Toy furniture and the tiniest dollhouse food I've ever seen, made in England by Dol-Toi. Each plate is just 1/2 an inch wide, and the food, obviously, is even smaller.

Inhabiting the house are a 1920s German dollhouse couple, only 3 1/2 inches tall. They look ready for an evening on the town (or my birthday party).

I think the Mrs. doll was actually meant to be a maid, and that's a maid's cap on her head. But she arrived sans clothes, so I can't be sure. I'm pretending she's wearing a chic 1920s head wrap, instead. Either that, or we pretend she was the maid, but she ran off with the man of the house, seen below, and this is their secret rendevous country cottage.


  1. So sweet! I don't like to have dolls in my own contemporary mini properties but I love this ventage couple. I think the potential 'stories' about them are endless :)

  2. Yes, the dollhouse as secret trysting place! Love it.

  3. I have often wondered what dolls could be used with the Tootsie Toy furniture...these look great! Now I know what dolls to look for...THANKS! I have my TT furniture in a Wonderland dollhouse and it also goes great in a very small Keystone of Boston house.

  4. Hi Florine,

    I had the same problem until I discovered this couple. They really work well with the TT furnishings, and not only are they the right size, they're the right time period. I will keep an eye out for some more, and I'll let you know if I find some.

  5. Hello!

    Just wanted to say that I really love your blog! This is my first time on it and you have some great posts! I added your blog to my links as I just started an Antique Toy Blog myself!

    I'd love for you to check it out if you get a chance!


  6. Thanks Erika! I rushed right over to visit your blog: it's beautiful! I love all the old photographs of children with their toys: you've got some great ones.