Friday, 18 August 2017

Part Two Of The Grecon Doll Collection Now Available

I am delighted to announce that Part Two of an amazing Grecon Doll Collection is now up for sale at long last!

The majority of the 75 Grecon dolls have had some repair or damage, and they have been priced accordingly. 

If you are a great fan of Grecon dolls and you are also clever with a needle and cotton, there are some super bargains to be had and it is a great opportunity to boost your Grecon doll collection. I had hoped to have had these up for sale by the beginning of this week but due to the sheer volume of dolls, it took many more hours of photographing, observing, measuring, researching, etc. than I had originally anticipated!
 Some have been cleverly repaired, such as this c1930s/40s Grecon doll with a material covered button head. His original legs and feet are long gone, but someone has beautifully created him new legs and the illusion of feet by covering the end wires with a different colour wool. I had at first wondered if he was a Tomac doll (you can see some further down this post) who were always made with button heads, as I had always assumed that all Grecon dolls had stuffed material heads...even the pre-war versions.  But his drawn on facial features were not quite like the usual Tomac facial features (they traditionally have an open mouth and eyes looking to the side) I was well and truly baffled.
And then as I had begun to photograph all the dolls, I realised that this little boy with a Grecon lead melon foot (melon feet were believed to have been used on the early c1930s/40s Grecon dolls) was of the exact same construction ie. button head, plus his facial features were almost identical. A quick email to a KT Miniatures' customer who has a vast collection of Grecons, confirmed that she too had some early Grecon dolls with button heads. So there you go... I have learnt something new! 

  Then there are these vintage Grecon dolls who had lost both feet but who had cleverly been given new legs and feet. However the feet have been created in two different ways. The Grecon Grandpa had the end of his woollen bound feet painted in brown paint to create the illusion of shoes. The later Grecon doll (don't you just love her bright c1970s/80s dress), has had the end of her legs bound in a darker blue thread than her leg binding, to create the illusion of shoes. Very clever! Just goes to show how you can bring new life to damaged dolls and make them quite acceptable once again to be used in your old dolls house.

There are some vintage Tomac dolls too available with this collection, all in you can see above. Ok, they may have lost a foot or two and been given replacment legs but the Tomac Brownie, Girl Guide and Cub Scout dolls are so rare to find these days, that I am quite sure that someone out there will want to give this lad and two lasses a new home. 

This particular collection belonged to a lady who had been collecting Grecon dolls since her childhood in the 1950s, culminating in a much loved collection of over 150 dolls.  It is now her family's wish that these little dolls go to new homes where they will continue to be appreciated and cherished. Due to the sheer volume of dolls, I decided to split the collection into two parts. Part One went up for sale last week and mostly included the dolls that were either in excellent conditon or a good condition.As mentioned above, Part Two includes all the other dolls - some are in reasonable condition and others are repaired or damaged in some way. But every single one needs a home.

There are still 14 dolls up for sale in the first part of the Grecon collection (seen above), most of these are in a relatively good condition and have been priced accordingly. As long as there is no RESERVE or SOLD sign next to the doll listing, it should be available. Why not take a peek and see if you would like to take on one of these lovelies and give them a new home. 

Monday, 7 August 2017

Part One Of A Super Vintage Grecon Doll Collection Now Up For Sale...

A large collection of vintage Grecon dolls have arrived here at KT Miniatures and I am delighted to announce that the first half of the collection has just gone up for sale on KT Miniatures website today. Business has been brisk and many were sold in the first hour of listing, but there are still quite a few left.

To date, this is the largest Grecon doll collection I have taken on and opportunities like this for the serious doll collector just do not come along very often. This particular collection belonged to a lady who had been collecting Grecon dolls since her childhood in the 1950s, culminating in a much loved collection of over 150 dolls.  It is now her family's wish that these little dolls go to new homes  where they will continue to be appreciated and cherished.  
Some of the special Grecon dolls that have gone up for sale today.
I am splitting the collection into two...the first part of the collection consists of around 70 dolls, all of which are in a reasonably good condition - one or two are quite special, and it is those that I have put up for sale today, some of which you can see in the photo above.

Then in a few days time I will put up for sale the second part of this collection which will feature all the other Grecon dolls and there are one heck of a lot of them! Some have minor damage, some have been repaired,  then there are some that have major damage and missing a limb or two!
Some of the damaged and repaired Grecon dolls that will be available in the second part of the Grecon Collection in a few days time.

In fact some are downright dilapidated and some even a little whacky but which could be used for "spares". These would be ideal for the enthusiast who loves rescuing old Grecons and breathing new life into them. There will be some bargains to be had. 

Monday, 31 July 2017

Antique Thread & Pin Dolls House Furniture

So many wonderful miniature treasures have passed through these KT Miniatures doors over the years, and then sometimes something comes in that baffles me.

On this occasion it was some pin and thread furniture. I have seen various forms of this kind of furniture before, often so very obviously homemade and from various decades...even as late as the 1960s. And it is when these items come in quite randomly, with no provenance or exact date, then I have to try and figure out their age. 
Each piece of this particular set has been constructed from using heavy dressmaking pins and strong thread, plus red velvet for upholstery. The thread has been woven very intricately and delicately around the pins to create the framework. The legs and chair backs have been bound tightly with the thread. They are quite small in scale - the table measures 3 1/4″ in diameter x 1 1/4″ high, and each chair measures 1 1/8″ sitting height x 2 1/4″ back height.
It was because these particular pieces of furniture were so well made and in such great condition that I was a little stumped. So after canvassing the thoughts of other miniaturist colleagues, the consensus of opinion between us was that they could be pre-WW2 or post -WW2, even possibly as late as the 1960s. Hence they were then put up for sale, with a vague open description...

and then a lovely lady emailed me, to shed some light on their age!
She told me that her mother-in-law had been given an exact same set of this furniture when she was a little girl, although hers had a green/blue velvet upholstery but that the lacing and everthing else was identical. 

 The little sofa measures 2″ wide x 7/8″ sitting height x 1 3/4″ back height. Each chair measures 1 3/8″ wide x 1″ sitting height x 2 1/4″ back height.
The lady then went on to say that her mother-in-law was born in 1909, and being a Methodist minister's daughter,  money had been very tight, hence the little furniture had been very special to her. 

So very fascinating indeed. This furniture is a lot older than we first thought, maybe pre WW1 or during WW1! Since I learnt this, I discovered some other furniture exactly like this, so I am now firmly of the conclusion that these were most definitely commercially produced and not homemade ...I never stop learning about these old treasures! 
But it is often thanks to other people who so very kindly take the time to email me their information.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

A Dolls House Exhibition - August 12th in Jersey

If you are off to Jersey for your holidays in a couple of weeks time or if indeed you live in Jersey, then how about nipping down to the bi-annual Jersey Dolls House Club's exhibition on Saturday 12th August, and help them raise money for two of their local Jersey charities - Autism Jersey and SCBU (a charity for premature babies).

This wonderful exhibition is being held at St. Brelade Parish Hall in St. Aubin, Jersey. It will be open from 10am until 5pm, entrance fee will be £2.00 - children entry free. 

The exhibition is always a fun day with lots of lovely miniatures to feast your eyes on, including a display of members own handmade miniatures and dolls houses,  a sales table of miniature items made by members and a raffle -  the first prize being a kitchen designed by Susan Deans (the club secretary).  This year the theme for members miniature room box creations is "Inside Out" and these will be on display too. There will also be refreshments and a dolls house for children to play with. 

The photos above are of Odette Gardner's childhood house, which will be one of the exhibits on the day. It is genuine Jersey, just as Odette is! It was given to her by her godparents in 1954 when she was 7 years old. 
All the furniture and accessories in the living room were made by Odette and represent her childhood home.

Many thanks to Jersey Club member, Barbara Kendall-Davies, who sent the above information and photos. 

I wish the club all the best and hope that they have a fabulous day.