£15,000 Victorian doll’s house up for sale

A fully furnished doll’s house, created in 1850, is to go on sale tomorrow.

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A fully furnished doll’s house, created in 1850, is to go on sale tomorrow.

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Complete with china, furniture, utensils and dolls, all of which are to scale, the house is set to fetch £10,000–£15,000.

The house includes many rare items, including a Schoenhut circus, a French papier mâche Punch and Judy, rare bisque and other French, German and English dolls, as well as early tin plate toys, including a working model of Bleriot’s plane, with original cardboard propeller.

It has an entrance hall with a kitchen and laundry on the ground floor, while the first floor boasts two furnished reception rooms. There are two bedrooms on the second floor, and even the attic rooms are furnished in a style that would have been acceptable in the 1850s.

The kitchen is complete with a painted tile floor, cooking utensils and a ham on a roasting jack, while the drawing room features a chandelier, two wall mirrors and a fireplace.

The house was created by Mr and Mrs Newton of Liverpool for their daughter Emma when she was six. Mr Newton, a lawyer, was a keen amateur carpenter, and he designed and made most of the furniture, and the house itself.

Mrs Newton, meanwhile, made all the furnishings and the bedclothes.

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The dolls, china, utensils, and some of the more elaborate furniture, were ‘mass’ produced in Switzerland and Germany, and were added to the doll’s house during the family holidays abroad.

The doll’s house moved to Askham Richard, Yorkshire, when Emma Newton married the Rev Usher Miles, and was played with by their five daughters.

On the death of her husband in 1912, Mrs Miles moved to Cheltenham, where the doll’s house remained until her death in 1931, when a home was found for it with her second son, Dr William Miles at Bewdley, Worcestershire.

The house came to Gloucester when he in turn died in 1953, and was in the possession of his eldest daughter, Pauline Taylor, until 1972, when it passed to the present owner.

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The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, wants the doll’s house and contents to remain as one. Gloucestershire auction house, Chorley’s, is therefore offering it as a whole, for sale by informal tender against an asking price of between £10,000–15,000.

All bids are to be submitted by 3pm on Thursday. The successful bidder is expected to be announced on Friday.

A spokesperson said: “Chorley’s are thrilled to have been asked to arrange the sale of this wonderful doll’ house.

“It is a true piece of history, preserving a moment in time through its vivid depiction of life in a comfortable Victorian house in the middle of the 19th century. 

“Interest in the sale is tremendous, and it is very much hoped that the house and its contents will be kept together by the purchaser, for future generations to enjoy.”

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