About this objectThe dollhouse (XHH.2774.1) includes this miniature arm chair and cover along with a variety of other accessories and furniture. Blanche Gorrie (nee Buckland) gave this dollhouse to her granddaughter, Lesley Buckland Gorrie, as a birthday present.
For centuries, dollhouses and their accessories have been popular children’s toys. Young girls were encouraged to play with dollhouses as they were thought to be efficient learning aids in teaching them how to run a household. (1)
Before the wide availability of mass produced children’s toys in the mid-twentieth century, dollhouses and furniture accessories were mostly handmade, and some showed immense craftsmanship and skill. (2) This dollhouse and some of its accessories were made by returned servicemen who had served in the First World War. It is likely that the dollhouse furniture is a combination of handmade pieces produced by these ex-servicemen as well as other items collected by Lesley over a period of time.
This miniature armchair is made from wood and is covered in a maroon fabric with a pink, blue, white a green floral pattern. It is accompanied by a cover made from linen which has a three-toned olive-green floral design.
(1) Museum of Childhood, ‘Dolls’ houses and miniatures,’ URL: http://www.museumofchildhood.org.uk/collections/dolls-houses-and-miniatures
(2) Peter Clayworth, ‘Children’s play – Toys – from homemade to mass market,’ Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, URL: www.teara.govt.nz/en/childrens-play/page-6
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Medium and MaterialsWood and linen
Measurements10.4 x 8 x 7cm
Subject and Association KeywordsGirlhood
Credit LineCollection of Highwic, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga