The porcelain furniture parts are all fine with no cracks or chips; the 3 beads on wire type furniture is good condition with 2 of the wire legs missing the beads but all 3 are sturdy. Please see my 12 detailed photos. Rufus Bliss founded the Rhode Island-based company in the early 1800s.
Like most of the entrepreneurs weve met throughout history, Rufus endeavor evolved significantly over the years. What began as a screw & clamp operation, soon morphed into a focus on toys (particularly dollhouses and ships). While its not clear what inspired Rufus to shift his focus, we know he had a keen eye for technological developments. His invention of a particular cutting machine meant that his screws were produced with a level of accuracy unheard of in the past.
That attention to precision is also found in the toys he designed. As an example, collectors are often drawn to R. Bliss pieces due to their bright & crisp lithographs.Lithography was a printing method that was leveraged for mass production think of all the theatrical posters or billboards. While it wasnt known for its high level of quality, R. Printed atop a simple, wooden frame his toys showcased a richness of color unparalleled by his contemporaries. Looking at a Bliss toy, its easy to see this was a passion project. Given that obvious dedication, its funny to think that the company had been established for over three decades before branching out into toy production. Bliss dollhouses arrived on the scene by the 1890s and most are in the Queen Anne style what enthusiasts call gingerbread. Modeled after German dollhouses, these ornately decorated beauties were the gem of young girls bedrooms nationwide.
In fact, Bliss was one of the very first American toy companies to make dollhouses. While most of their products were around 10 inches tall, the more detailed models stood at a staggering 26 inches. Given the relative ease of manufacturing (after all the framework was simple & the refined printing processes were easy to reproduce), R. Bliss dollhouses were accessible to families of modest means. Collectors can identify a R.
Bliss design by finding the three digit code that is printed on the house. Unfortunately, the printing location isnt consistent as Bliss designed in a variety of looks & sizes (although, as noted the Queen Anne look was the most common). The code reveals the catalog number: an example is 573-F. Only one model is known to have a code omitted the Adirondack Cabin, made in 1910. There are so many reasons why collectors clamor to find an original R.Bliss house the variety, the color, the details everything about Rufus work inspires joy. However, whats extraordinary to a laymans eye is that these houses look just as fresh as they did the day they were made. Rufus workers only used seasoned materials for their wood frames, meaning the structures didnt warp over time.
In addition, the full-color lithography process meant that the colors retained their brilliancy better than paint. This company carried on the Bliss legacy until 1935, although the production was greatly limited during the final years. The item "Antique Genuine R Bliss Paper Lithograph On Wood Dollhouse with Old Furniture" is in sale since Sunday, April 5, 2020. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dollhouse Miniatures\Doll Houses".
The seller is "spooknook" and is located in Weymouth, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.