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Family Treasures - Edition 10
October 2004

Miller's Price Guide 

Purchase Miller's Price Guide 2004/2005

Family Treasures 10

Jill Churchill, who writes on antiques and collectables for YOURS magazine, continues her series .  


Inside the doll’s house

It was dated 1750, a mahogany ‘piecrust’ end-table that fetched ?1600 at Bonham’s, Knightsbridge a couple of years ago. What makes the price remarkable is that the table was just four inches high - sign of the boom in doll’s house furniture and doll’s house occupants.

Amazon Books - Collecting Dolls Houses and Miniatures Even a little Victorian doll dating from 1880 and made of bisque (unglazed china) is today estimated at ?180 by Sotheby’s.

The older rarer the piece, the more valuable it is, with 16th and 17th century pieces going into four figures. But it’s surprising what you can make from a 19th century house clearance when it’s in miniature: our Victorian ancestors really went to town on these nursery ornaments, furnishing open-front four-room ‘box’ houses down to the last little saucepan and mangle.

Tin plate toys

We were importing little dolls and their accessories from flourishing factories in Germany until World War I. A set of German table, chair and sofa, all of printed tin plate, is ?750 today. And if you’re lucky enough to have a similar miniature grandfather clock (not a working model, note) it’s easily ?300.

Look for marks on tin-plate toys that show that they were made in England, too: the firm of Evans & Cartwright, Wolverhampton, is a favourite with collectors: an E & C 4in tin ‘walnut’ table fetched ?300.

Tiny knives, forks and spoons rarely survive unscathed - a good set, about an inch long and made of tin, is about ?60; and wooden hand-painted tea services are around ?100.

Dressed for the part

The doyennes of these mini households are worth most if in their original clothes. An early 19th century ‘china shoulder’ doll with wooden body, china limbs and head, is ?200; if earlier and made of all wood (a ‘peg’ doll) she could be ?250. Perhaps the strangest of all, and worth ?60, are the little figures of babies in bathtubs: moulded of rigid china, they’re called (don’t ask me why) ‘frozen Charlottes’.

Previous editions:

Family Treasures - 1

Family Treasures - 2

Family Treasures - 3

Family Treasures - 4

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