All items on this page are of various scales and include not only genuine antique and vintage items, but also may include KT Miniatures handmade vintage style miniatures too. For ease I have given measurements and where possible also stated what scale I think the item is. Many old dolls houses do not conform and scale is a mismatch. In this case, my advice would be to forget about scale and simply fill your little abodes with what you like.
Restored Late 1800s/Early 1900s German Ornate Soft Metal Bed (Missing Various Bits) & Mattress With Additional Imitation Books As Props In Place Of Legs @ £36.00
What do you do when you have a gorgeous antique German (I am assuming it is German) soft metal bed that came to me in several pieces missing all kinds of bits and bobs…to put it mildly. Does it continue to sit in a box for ever more or worse, chucked away? Or does one do something with it so that it can be loved once again. Well I chose the latter, unsurprisingly. Ok, this is not going to appeal to the purists out there and I fully understand that. But am hoping that this can go to a good home where it will be loved, as a now quirky antique item. After some research I believe that this started out as a half tester bed with four long spindly legs…no wonder the legs are all gone, I suspect they were highly fragile in young hands.
So, I first gently prised all existing soft metal bits back into place where possible and glued bedhead and side panels back into position as best I could, the soft metal mattress base too. Once all glued back together, I realised that there were two remaining partial stumps from the original legs, which although not tall in height, would suffice as small legs. After much head scratching and pondering, I decided to use some of my handmade imitation vintage style books to create props to keep the right side of the bed up. The footboard end proved challenging and needed extra support, hence there is an extra pile of books fixed at that end. I am pleased with the result, now being a quirky antique piece, and dearly hope someone somewhere can give this a good home. It deserves to be loved. The fabric mattress is original to the bed and although a little on the grubby side, is still nice to have. The bed itself measures 3″ wide 5″ long x 3″ at highest point. With the addition of books at one end, makes this whole thing measure 5 5/8″ long. NB. If you click on the following link Of KT Miniatures Journal, you will find more about this bed with additional photos and how it was put back together. CLICK HERE
Ref: Restored Antique Metal Bed With Additional Books
Suitable for old dolls house where scale does not matter.
Vintage German Wooden Dressing Table Missing Mirror @ £4.50
Here is a useful wooden German dressing table with mock non opening drawers and original nail handles. Like so many of the old German pieces of furniture with mock doors/drawers, this was made without a back and is completely hollow. On the dressing table top there is a plinth with a 1/16″ groove, where presumably a mirror was once slotted? Whoever took this on could possibly insert their own replacement mirror or mirror card, to restore it to its former glory, but even without a mirror this is quite charming. Measures 3 1/2″ wide x 1 3/8″ deep x 2 1/2″ dressing table top height x 3 1/8″ back height.
Ref: German Dressing Table Missing Mirror
Suitable for 1/12th scale dolls house.
Vintage German Wardrobe @ £7.50
Here is an attractive old wooden wardrobe with one large opening door, it is believed to be of German origin. The door has an attractive middle panel of a darker veneer (?) to the rest of the wardrobe. The original tack handle is still present. The edge of the frontage also has a lovely veneer(?) finish to it, which gives this added appeal. Overall this is in a good played with condition, the lost card backing has been replaced with new card backing. It measures 4 1/8″ high x 3 7/8″ wide x 1 3/8″ deep. Nice item!
Ref: German Wardrobe Two Tone
Suitable for 1/16th scale dolls house
Old Wooden Bed With Curved Headboards @ £5.50
Here is a useful old wooden bed with curved headboards. Age and maker unknown but is certainly quite old. However, as the headboard is made from thicker wood to the foot board, I suspect this has been homemade from oddments of wood. This is in a heavily aged and well played with condition, some speckles of paint to the other side of the headboard, plus there is a splinter of wood missing from the left foot of the foot board. But nevertheless this does have some charm. Once it is covered with old bed linen this could look fantastic. Measures 5″ long x 3 1/2″ wide.
Ref: Old Bed With Curved Headboards
Suitable for 1/16th scale dolls house or possibly 1/12th scale
c1910-1920s Albin Schonherr (?) Bed @ £21.00 SOLD
At first I thought this was a Gottschalk bed but on scouring that wonderful book of Ciesliks Reprints “Moritz Gottschalk 1892-1931”, I could find no exact bed in the entire book. There are some similar in shape, but none with the exact decorative design. Then further research seems to suggest that this is an Albin Schonherr bed. I have tracked down an image of this bed with other furniture suggesting that it is from an Art Nouveau set, so I will date this as early 1900s, but probably from around 1910-1920.
The bed itself is of wooden construction in a cream painted finish, with curved head and foot boards, and nicely shaped side boards. Then of course there is the dark gold (?) lined additional detail on both the head and foot boards. Overall this is in a reasonably good played with condition, some wear. Measures 4 3/4″ long x 2 3/4″ at widest point x 3 1/4″ at highest point.
Ref: Schonherr Bed
Possibly suitable for both 1/12th and 1/16th scale dolls houses
Unusual Vintage Two Single Beds & Backboard Shelf @ £9.50
This is an unusual wooden set of two single beds that are meant to sit butted up to each other side by side, and up against a free standing backboard that has a tiny corner shelf on each side. The bed ends and headboard are painted in a dark brown gloss paint. Age and maker unknown, possibly homemade – possibly 1950s/60s?. These are in a reasonably good played with condition, some wear and aging marks, plus there is one tiny split in a where the nail is protruding slightly on one side of a bed base. Nevertheless, this is a useful and quite sweet little set. Each bed measures 4 3/4″ long x 1 3/4″ deep x 1 1/2″ at highest point. The backboard measures 5 1/2″ long x 2″ high.
Ref: Two Single Beds & Backboard
Suitable for 1/16th scale dolls house
c1920s/30s German Antique Miniature Metal Alarm Clock @ £19.50
Here is a delightful little German metal alarm clock, believed to originate from the 1920s/30s. It is fully intact in original condition, with two little propped feet, moulded detail and celluloid covering over a paper clock face. It is marked GERMANY on the back. Overall this is in a good played with condition. Stands at a height of 1 1/8″. What a fab item!
Ref: German Alarm Clock
Suitable for 1/12th scale dolls house or old dolls house where scale does not matter
Antique “Go Way Back And Sit Down” Chamber Pot @ £8.50
Here is a quirky and delightful china chamber pot with a gold lustre interior, plus the words “Go way back and sit down” printed around the outside in gold. Am assuming this is German and was made pre-war. Overall this is in a good played with condition. Measures 1″ in circumference and 3/4″ high.
Ref: Chamber Pot
Suitable for 1/12th Scale dolls house
Four piece c1930s Dinky Dolly Varden Pink Bedroom Set @ £40.00
Here is an increasingly rare set of four pink painted metal pieces from the Dinky Dolly Varden (Meccano Ltd.) bedroom set. It is very much in the Art Deco design. The set consists of a cupboard with imitation upper doors which do not open, plus the illusion of double lower drawers which do open, but only as one drawer. The dressing table is very sweet with original oval tin mirror, two opening drawers – which again like the cupboard, each open as one even though the outer detail gives the illusion of two drawers either side. There is a lower shelf underneath the central dressing table top. There is a stool to match. Well what can I say about the bed, although the basic headboard and footboard are intact, the bed base has suffered greatly from metal fatigue in several places , and there is a gaping hole too. But this could be covered up by perhaps a tiny mattress or bedcover. In fact overall this is in a relatively good played with condition, there is some wear as seen in the photos plus the above mentioned metal fatigue on the bed. Bed measures 3″ long x just under 2″ wide. Cupboard measures 1 1/4″ wide x 1/2″ deep x 1 5/8″ high. height of 1/2″x width 3/4″. Dressing table measures 2″ wide x 7/8″ deep x 2 3/8″ high. Nice set.
Ref: Dolly Varden Bedroom Set
Suitable for 1/24th scale dolls house
Pair Of Vintage Pink Eiderdowns @ £12.00
Here are a pair of pink eiderdowns, at first glance they look identical but one is actually just marginally bigger than the other. I suspect they are homemade, they came with a mixed lot of antique and vintage dolls house furniture. They are in a relatively good played with condition, some wear. Nice items. One is measured at 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and the smaller one is measured at 3 1/2″ x 3 1/8″.
Ref: Pair Pink Eiderdowns
Suitable for both 1/16th and 1/12th scale dolls houses
c1920s-1930s German Large Scale Dressing Table @ £29.95
Here is a quite unusual wooden dressing table, believed to be German and is quite distinctive in style. Am assuming this originates from the 1920s- 1930s, as it has an Art Deco air about it. The two large metal drawer handles are lovely and quite decorative. The middle drawer handles are the more usually seen tacks. All three drawers open. The mirror is fixed and relatively good condition, but please note that the top of the wooden frame around the mirror is a little askew. I can only think that this mirror was a replacement but due to it being a little on the large side for the original frame, the previous owner decided to stick it on as best they could. I think it gives this a rather lovely quirky finish to this and just makes me smile! The feet are round pieces of wooden dowelling. This is bigger than the usual 1/12th scale and am not sure what scale we can call this as scale is a little all over the place with this. It measures 5 1/2″ high x 1 3/4″ dressing table worktop height x 5 1/2″ wide x 1 5/8″ deep. The middle front drawers and mirror frame has a mottled brown painted finish, and the rest of the dressing table is painted in a white finish. Overall this is in a good played with condition. Lovely item.
Ref: German Art Deco Dressing Table
Scale All Over Place So Would Suit Large Scale Dolls House Or Old Dolls House Where Scale Does Not Matter
c1920s-30s German Tin Washstand @ £25.00
This is a gorgeous tin washstand with upper shelf and mirror, has MADE IN GERMANY printed on the side. The lithograped imagery is delightful – I particularly like the image of a towel hanging a rail on each side! The mirror is showing a little wear but overall, apart form the usual bumps and scrapes to the exterior, this is in a good played with condition.
I am a great fan of vintage tin dolls house furniture and this is really lovely! NB. The depth is a little more exagerated than the normal 1/12th scale washstand, so please take note of the measurements before ordering to ensure, that this will fit your requirements. . Measures 4 1/4″ wide x 2 1/2″ deep x 4 5/8″ high. The washstand worktop is 2 1/4″ high.
Ref:A-German Tin Washstand
Suitable for 1/12th Scale