Sunday, December 28, 2008

Vintage doll furniture from my mom's childhood

When my husband and I visited my parents on Christmas Eve, my mom gave me a very special present: her doll furniture from when she was a child.

When I was a kid, my mom would occasionally allow me and my sister to play with her childhood dolls — including this doll furniture. I remember loving that the doll's dresser looked a lot like the one I had when I was growing up (which, incidentally, was my mom's when she was a kid).

The furniture set includes a matching dresser and washstand, a table and two matching chairs (one of them a rocking chair), and a bed. I think they are possibly from the 19th century, since the dresser is very Victorian, washstands haven't been used since indoor plumbing became common, and the painted style is similar to Pennsylvania Dutch.

The height of the dresser, washstand, table, and chairs are all about right for the 10 ½ inch fashion dolls and the 8 inch toddler dolls, if you figure that the latter are supposed to be children and therefore kind of small for the furniture. The bed is a little too big but will do, though I'll have to make a mattress for it.

I am planning on using them to stage some photos. Now all I need to do is come up with something for a background...

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