I am fascinated with doll houses, probably because I never owned one as a child. Many people build dollhouses as a hobby and if you want to try your hand at it, you can start with a Doll House Building Kit.
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The History Of The Doll House
If you have been building dollhouses for a while, then you have probably heard of Queen Mary’s Doll’s House. It is really the stuff legends are made of.
It was completed in 1924 for the wife of King George V, and it was a gift from the people. The scale was a perfect 1:12 (one inch to the foot) replica of many of the items found in Windsor Castle.
The bathrooms were fully plumbed with flushing toilets and even details like miniature toilet paper was not left out. All the light switches worked and famous painters provided miniature paintings for the walls. Even well-known authors wrote short stories and bound them in miniature. There were even miniature wine bottles in the cellar filled with the appropriate wines and spirits to match their labels.
This Dollhouse on the left is one that can be purchased in kit form and built. Tremendous fun and a great way to bond with your children.
If you are wondering why so much detail went into this doll’s house for a fully grown woman, it is actually only over the last century that doll’s houses were considered appropriate pastimes for children and they were only mass-produced after World World II.
The first dollhouse documented is believed to have been created by German cabinet maker, Johann Baptist Zängerle, in 1760. Zängerle, who specialized in miniature furniture, created the house as a gift for his daughter. The house was designed to be a replica of a real home and was made of real wood with carved details and miniature furniture.
Dollhouses grew increasingly popular in the 19th century, particularly in Europe, as a way of demonstrating wealth and good taste. They were often ornamented with fine details and decorations to match the styles of the time. Dollhouses were also used as teaching tools in the classroom, to teach children about the different rooms in a home and the functions of different pieces of furniture.
In the early 20th century, doll houses became increasingly popular in the United States. Manufacturers began mass-producing doll houses and doll house furniture, making them more accessible to a wider audience. Today, doll houses are a popular toy for both children and collectors. They range from simple, mass-produced models to elaborate, custom-made pieces.
The history of making miniature homes that are furnished with perfect scale minuscule inhabitants reachers back thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians furnished the tombs of their pharaohs and religious leaders with miniaturized replicas of servants, furnishings, boats, livestock, and pets, in fact, everything that they would need to live comfortably in the afterlife.
However, the earliest known examples of the European form of the doll’s house didn’t appear until the 16th century.
These days instead of miniaturizing their own houses, like the aristocracy of the past, enthusiasts will often choose a particular theme or era which they will painstakingly re-create in period detail.
There are many choices, for example, the Victorian era, or a stereotypical 1950s home. You can even choose something more quirky like a haunted house, complete with spider webs, crystal balls, and a secret staircase hidden behind a bookcase.
The accuracy and attention to detail invested in some of these creations really do raise the profile of this hobby to an art form.
There are many dollhouse-building kits available online for you to choose from. Here are just a few examples. If you would like to find out more, simply click on the picture that interests you.