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1930s Dollhouse Furniture From the Luisa Hepper Katriner Dollhouse


Dollhouse Furniture from the 1930s, From the Childhood of Luisa Hepper Kathriner
1930s Dollhouse Furniture

Dollhouse Furniture Just Unpacked for the Kathriner 1930s Dollhouse

(c) Denise Van Patten, From The Childhood Collection of Luisa Hepper Kathriner
In the 1930s Dollhouse From The Childhood Collection of Luisa Hepper Kathriner article, we looked at an original 1930s dollhouse, which has come to us with no additions or changes. In this article, we take a look at the dollhouse furniture from that dollhouse. The dollhouse itself was crafted, and not commercial. The dollhouse furniture, however, is mostly commercial.

Strombecker Dollhouse Furniture

The vast majority of the dollhouse furniture was made by the Strombecker company. Strombecker was located in Moline, Illinois, and started making dollhouse furniture in 1931. Their furniture was made for the middle class, and was priced affordably. Nearly all of it was made from wood. I've already identified the large red living room set as being a Strombecker product, as well as the green bathroom set. The small cathedral table-top radio also is clearly Strombecker. Although I haven't researched all of the furniture pieces, I'm assuming that most if not all of the wood dollhouse furniture is Strombecker, produced in the 1930s for the Middle Class. For more information on Strombecker dollhouse furniture, visit 1930s dollhouse furniture online, a site that includes a good basic history of dollhouse furniture. Note that this online article on 1930s dollhouse furniture is in two parts.

Other Brands of Dollhouse Furniture Found

Rooms of furniture included with the Hepper yard furniture. Additionally, with the Strombecker and wood furniture, are a few pieces of later (c. late 1940s) Renwal plastic dollhouse furniture. This furniture was, according to Ms. Kathriner, added later either by Ms. Kathriner or her mother. These pieces include a tricycle, and additional pink dollhouse furniture in the color of the baby's nursery. Another piece of identifiable dollhouse furniture is a small cast-iron Royal stove for the kitchen.

A few pieces of the dollhouse furniture were cleverly added or homemade, including two clocks that are actually small pencil sharpeners! There are several flfower arrangements; some appear manufactured, and others appear home-made.

Rooms of Dollhouse Furniture Found

It appears that the five decorated rooms in the house were the living room, eat-in kitchen (very small, until the kitchen addition was made to the house later), dining room (furniture not shown; Strombecker wood furniture in green), child's room, baby's room, and bathroom. I cannot figure out whether or not there was ever an adult's bedroom--one would think there would be, but I have not yet found any adult bedroom furniture (although perhaps the twin-beds and the associated furniture were used for an adult's room, and not a child's room?) Additionally, I have so far only found child-sized dollhouse dolls.

Dollhouse DOlls

There are four dolls that are clearly dollhouse dolls. All 4 are painted bisque. There is a painted-bisque baby n original clothing (shown), with painted eyes and jointed arms and legs, and three painted bisque child dolls, also with painted eyes and jointed arms and legs. The little dolls are not marked but of good quality, and were most likely made in Germany or Japan.

There is also a plethora of other small dolls, from stone bisque Japanese dolls to small German dolls, that are not of a correct dollhousd doll scale, but which I assume were used with the dollhouse; several of them have been heavily played with.

As you can see from the pictures, the dollhouse furniture has just been unpacked. I will take more pictures when the dollhouse is put back together!

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