The Oxford Collection

This is a very special collection of antique dolls house miniatures that belonged to several generations of one family and which had been hidden away in an Oxford attic for many years. Once rediscovered, the family felt that these old treasures should not stay in boxes for evermore but should be seen and enjoyed by those who love such things. As far as I could tell, this collection appeared to date from the mid/late 1800s through to the 1930s, spanning over various generations. Some are quite rare, as you will see.

Please note that all these have been sold and are for archive purposes only.


Rare Antique c1926 Huntley & Palmer Range Biscuit Tin

This is a delightful and quite rare painted tin range made by Huntley, Boorne & Stevens which originally would have contained Huntley & Palmers biscuits. It has two opening doors and lovely embossed and printed detail. It is quite large in scale but in the earlier antique dolls houses where scale does not matter or a larger scale dolls house, this could be absolutely perfect. There is also a scratch on the left door. At the lower right hand side is the makers mark H.B. & S LTD. R

It is in a good played with condition, a little wear to the exterior as you would expect, plus there is a little rust and on the back a tiny white dribble mark which I am assuming is white paint? . Measures 5 1/4″ wide x 2 1/8″ deep x 3 3/8″ high.

This is a rare gorgeous item!

Rare Early 1900s Antique German Soft Metal Rack With Five Striped Glasses & Four Spoons

This is a lovely antique soft metal rack that is marked GERMANY underneath, and which contains five original brightly coloured striped tumbler glasses (one missing-should be six) and unusually four glass spoons. Rarely is this set seen in good condition and even more rarely with one spoon, let alone four! This is in excellent played with condition and I can’t help but marvel how this glassware has ever survived at all in youngsters hands!

Tray measures 2 1/4″ long x 1 1/4″ deep x 2 1/4″ high. Each glass measures 7/8″ high.

Another gorgeous item!

Rare Stunning Antique Metal Grandfather Clock

I have to confess that I do not recall ever having seen a clock quite like this before, nor have I been able to unearth any information from my extensive research within all the literature and resources I have here. So therefore, I can only describe as seen and give my own opinion within my description. Needless to say, if anyone out there can help out with the exact date or origin of this clock, please do get in touch!

In my opinion, given that I cannot recall ever having seen a clock quite like this before, I would say this is quite rare indeed. Due to the heavily ornate overall design to this metal grandfather clock, I would say that it is probably from the Victorian era, possibly mid to late 1800s? It comes complete with what appears to be the original paper clock face and a moveable metal pendulum. Whether this is of British origin, German or from some other country, I do not know. There is something scratched on the back but I just cannot make it out at all. I have attempted to photograph these marks.

The back part appears to be a panel of tin and acts as a prop which enables this whole clock to stand up. However, looking very closely at the base of the clock, I strongly suspect that there should have been a tiny foot at each front corner of the lower edge, as judging by the slightly jagged corners, were probably snapped off many decades ago. But to be honest, this is barely noticeable…and what we have here is a stunning antique clock which would brighten up any antique dolls house…a truly fantastic and rare item!

Measures 5 1/4″ high x 1 1/2″ at widest point.

Rare Early 1900s Antique Dolls House Erhard & Sohne Mirror (No:57/2)

This is a very nice example of an early 1900s German ormulu Erhard & Sohn gilt framed mirror. (It can be seen on page 88 of Swantje-Koehler-Verlag’s excellent book of Ormolu Dollhouse Accessories-Metal Toys From The Erhard & Sohne Co and listed as No. 57/2.).

The frame is rather lovely and highly decorative with what appears to be the original mirror, as far as I can tell. Overall this item is in a good played with condition,there is some wear to the frame and considerable tarnishing to the mirror but still a lovely example of an item that is becoming increasingly rare and difficult to get hold of these days. This is the crosswise version of this mirror and the tiny hanging link can just be seen at the top.

Measures 3″ x 2 1/2″

Rare Antique German Biedermeier Boule Piano (missing lid)

This is an extremely old wooden German Biedermeier piano -believed to originate between c1860-c1890. It has its very distinctive ornate design of imitation gilt inlay.

Although the slide-in lid is missing, everything else is fully intact, including the delightful three chunky piano “keys” which actually can be pressed slightly. Although alas – they are not real, only there for effect so do not play any notes!

It is in a good played with condition, showing a little wear. Nice rare item!

Measures 3 1/8″ wide x 2″ deep x 3 3/4″ high

Rare Late 1800s/Early 1900s German Soft Metal Folding Sewing Stand (Playworn)

What an unusal find this is!

Here is a rare soft metal folding sewing stand, complete with old material which is attached and acts as a bag to contain all your miniature sewing items. Probably late 1800s/early 1900s. I have no idea if the material is the original but it certainly looks old and faded, and has been been there a considerable time!

The soft metal is obviousy in a playworn condition, with considerable loss of gilt colour off the metal stand and the lower bars are slightly bent from child’s handling.

But what a super item this is. I have included some little homemade bits and bobs that came with this, such as wool wound cardboard, piece of material with stitches in, etc. I think it is only right that these stay with it.

Measures 3 1/4″ high x 1 1/2″ deep when erected

Late 1800s/Early 1900s German Plant Stand

This is a rare soft metal and heavily ornate plant stand. Believed to be of German origin which has a bit of an Art Nouveau feel about it! It is fully intact, no breakages so in good played with condition, showing some wear to the gilt coloured paintwork. Nice item. Would look fantastic filled with some German plants in pots (which sadly I do not have at the moment)!!

Measures 2 1/8″ wide x 7/8″ deep x 2 3/8″ high.

Rare Antique Late 1800s/Early 1900s German Wall Phone (missing tiny earpiece)

This is a rare early wooden dolls house phone, marked MADE IN GERMANY on the back, so absolutely no doubt of its origin! It is of varnished wooden constsruction with painted embellished details, including fixed mouthpiece. Although the tiny wooden earpiece which should have been attached by thin thread is missing, this is a lovely and rare item. In a good played with condition. It has a movable wire handle on the lower end which can be rotated.

Measures just over 1″ wide &deep x 2 3/8″ high

Late 1800s/Early 1900s German Bird Cage & Bird On Swing (slightly damaged)

This is a lovely soft metal bird cage marked GERMANY underneath, and comes complete with bird on a swing perch, believed to originate from the late 1800s/early 1900s.

The roof of the bird cage has a very pretty ornately patterned design, with the top rim design not unlike the top of a crown! The fixed door detail is also quite ornate. Adding to the attractiveness of this item is the gold colour that has been painted to certain areas of the cage and really helps to bring this alive!

However,although mostly in overall good condition with some general wear, three spokes above the door area are missing (as shown in the photo)….but considering the age of this item, I think the slight damage could be forgiven. It is a miracle that any of the soft metal spokes have lasted at al and in my opionion is not too detrimental to the overal piece! There is a piece of string still tied to the top, which has obviously been used to hang this up by, in the distant past. A truly lovely item!

Measures just over 2 1/2″ high x 1 1/2″ base diameter

Rare Antique Early 1900s German Gramophone

This is a lovely and quite rare early 1900s German painted metal gramophone, complete with the green painted “Morning Glory” shaped trumpet and rotating handle. The rather nice gold embellishment adorns each side of the gramophone which adds to the rather attractive appearance. There is added detail of a painted record on the top.

Generally his is in an overall relatively good played with condition, but there is some wear to paintwork such as a chip of paint on the record detail, but more particularly on the underside of the trumpet but nothing too detrimental. It is marked GERMANY on one top side edge of the gramophone. A truly gorgeous item that just does not come along very often.

The trumpet measures an entire width of 1 1/2″ and to a height of 1 3/4″. The base itself measures 1″ wide & deep x 5/8″ high.

Early 1900s German Carpet Sweeper (missing half a wheel)

Here is a rather lovely metal painted carpet sweeper with a decorative pattern on the top and sides, complete with a bristle brush underneath and moveable wheels.

The handle is fully intact, however I have added a teeny dot of glue in one tiny part of one side of the soft metal attachment piece that connects the handle to the sweeper part (as shown in the photo).

Please also note that one of the four wheels is half missing, but other than some slight wear to the paintwork too, this is in a good overall played with condition. Regardless of any faults, this is still a lovely item and very useful for an antique dolls house.

Measures approx. 4 1/2″ to very end of handle.

Rare Late 1800s/Early 1900s German Tea Kettle On Stand Over Spirit Heater (missing lid)

Here is an ornate German metal tea kettle that slots into an ornate metal stand that contains the detail of a spirit heater.

This is probably one of those items that you would tend to find in a grander dining room of the late 1800s to early 1900s. Am assuming this is of German origin, and overall it is in a good played with condition except, as you can see, it is missing a lid. Possibly the new owner of this could, as a replacement lid, use one from an old metal teapot or kettle? A rare and quite unusual item.

Measures 2 ” in height, with kettle sitting on the stand and handle down.

German Early 1900s Soft Metal Condiment Rack With Two Bottles (third bottle missing)

This is a delightful soft metal German condiment rack containing two out of the three original glass bottles. There is the tall “vinegar” bottle and a smaller salt or pepper bottle with a metal lid with five holes in the top. The exterior of the bottles have a delightful crisscross pattern, which gives them an extremely attractive appearance. The metal rack itself is quite ornate with slots for the bottles to stand in, plus an ornate metal handle. All pieces are in excellent played with condition. Once again…ok, one of the bottles is missing but I am amazed how the other two tiny glass bottles surived at all! Lovely item.

Rack measures just over 2″ wide x just over 2″ high. The vinegar bottle measures 1 1/4″ high and the smaller bottle measures 1″ high.

Antique German Art Nouveau Dinner Gong (missing beater)

This is an early 1900s soft metal dinner gong, marked GERMANY underneath. It is in excellent played with condition although please note, it is missing the beater (stick) which should hang on the side hook.

The round decorative gong itself is suspended on thread from the delightful and so very Art Nouveau style frame. Nice item.

Measures2 1/4″ high x 1 5/8″ overall width.

Rare Antique Glass Food Cover

This is a lovely solid glass antique food cover with chunky handle. It is in excellent played with condition and useful for an antique dolls house kitchen or pantry. It would be suitable for use over an antique china or metal plate, or even a wooden board. Nice useful item. It is quite a chunky size, so would suit either a large scale dolls house or an antique dolls house where scale does not matter.

Measures 1 3/4″ in diameter x 1 1/4″ high.

Rare Antique “Blue Onion” China Dinner Service (13 Pieces + Lid)

Here is a delightful and becoming increasingly rare 13 piece china set (plus one lid) believed to be of German origin in the distinct “blue onion” design. This is probably one of the later versions dating around c1910 or even a bit later.

Consists of a wonderful tureen with lid, two different versions of large oval dishes, five small plates, three large plates, gravy boat and a decorative triple dish.

Overall, this is in excellent played with condition. There is a weeny red line around the inside rim of the tureen but does not feel like a crack so could be a manufacturers fault. The triple dish has a a slight chip on one edge and the larger oval dish has one or two nibbles around one edge. Interestingly the smaller plates all have “0” embossed underneath.

To give you indication of size, the tureen measures approx. 1 3/8″ high to top of lid handle, gravy boat measures just under 1″ high x 1 1/2″ overall length from handle tip to spout. Triple dish measures approx. 1 1/4″ long and wide, larger oval dish measures 2″ long, smaller oval dish measures just under 2″ long, large plates measure 1 3/8″ in diameter, small plates measure 1 1/4″ in diamter.

Rare German Schneegas c1900-1910 Butlers Tray & Stand

This is a lovely wooden butlers tray and stand, believed to be German and by Schneegas. Probably dating around 1900s – 1910.

The turned stand folds if required and refreshingly still has the two original support straps nicely connected to the top of each stand leg. The removable tray has decorative trims around three sides and rests on top of the fully erected stand, via supporting blocks uderneath. There is a knack in resting the tray flat on the stand and is perfectly possible, as one of the legs does raise off the ground just a weeny bit (a common problem I understand), as seen in the photo. But it is hardly noticeable and I am being pernickety.

This is a lovely item, with a variety of uses and is in good played with condition. Nice item.

When fully erected, this measures 3 1/2″ at its heighest point. Tray itself measures 3 3/4″ wide x 2 1/2″ deep

Rare 1800s Milk Glass Coffee Set (some spout damage)

This is a truly exquisite milk glass part coffee set with pretty floral decoration. The glass is incredibly wafer thin and very delicate. It is believed to originate from the mid to late 1800s. How on earth did any of this survive young hands? As this is well in excess of 100 years old, it can be forgiven that this is not a complete set, as I suspect that at the very least, there should have been a milk jug.

Ok…I must confess, I am surmising this is a coffee set as the teapots I have seen from this era have tended to have a proper spout. The pot in this set appears to be much taller and just a pouring lip spout rather than a longer proper spout, so am assuming it is a coffee pot. .

This set consists of a tall coffee pot (please read note above) with separate lid, sugar bowl (at least I think this is and not a cake stand?), four cups and saucers. Please note that the coffee pot spout has a tiny chunk of glass missing, but all other items appear to be in good played with condition, although some of the floral transfer has worn away in places. The incredibly thin shaped handles all seem to be there which is a miracle! The price reflects the coffee pot damage.

To give indicaton of size, coffee pot stands at a hight of 2″ to top of lid, sugar bowl stands at a height of 5/8″. Diameter of saucers measure 1 1/4″ and 1″ of sugar bowl.

Antique Blue & White Washstand Set

Here is a six piece china washstand set, probably German and believed to be a later version of the Blue Onion design, maybe 1910/1920s? It is rare to have the entire set present, which consists of a pitcher and bowl, chamber pot, a smaller bowl, an oval soap dish and a long dish – presumably for toothbrush? Interestingly, underneath four of the pieces they are marked “W” followed by a number. The large bowl is marked W2, the smaller bowl W3, the soap dish W4 and the long dish W5 plus a star. Am assuming these are the mould numbers.

All items are in a good played with condition with very few nibbles, however please note that the pitcher appears to have a fine line running from rim to base. But am assuming this was a manufacturers fault, as it does not feel like a crack and appears to be underneath the glaze.

To give you a rough indication of size the jug stands at a height of 1 1/4″, the large bowl measures 1 1/2″ in diameter, small bowl is 1″ in diameter, chamber pots stands at 3/4″ high.

Late 1800s/Early 1900s Glass Bottle & Two Tumblers With Gold Edging

Here is an extremely old glass bottle with cork and two glass tumblers. They are believed to be late 1800s or early 1900s. You can just make out some gold edging on the tumbler rims. All are in a good well played with condition, although please note that the bottle, although sealed, is a little discoloured inside. Nevertheless these are useful items to have for your antique dolls house kitchen or dining room.

Antique Large White China Toilet

This is a large china toilet, similar in some ways to the more commonly seen smaller china toilets, but the shape of the stand and pan is slightly different than usual. Probably of German origin from the early 1900s. It has a lift up wooden seat. Overall, this is in a good played with condition. There is quite a bit of brown marking around the china pedestal…can’t make my mind up whether it is glue or paint? Possibly could be removed with careful scrubbing? The wooden seat too, is a little worn.

Measures 2 1/2″ high x 2 7/8″ overall depth x 2 1/4″ depth.

Seeing as it came with the above small scale bath and sink, is quite wonderful! Just a typical example of the whacky scale one used to have with old dolls houses. To be honest, scale was just inconsequential!