This is the finest example of an authentic Late Victorian Era home you will find! This beautiful home was featured in Doll House Miniatures magazine issue #38 (March/April 2014).
Designed by my father and hand-built by my mother over a 15-year period, this 1:12 scale home has two floors, an attic, and a copper-topped turret. It was built using precise architectural floor and elevation plans, so the size of the rooms and furniture spacing give you the feeling of being in a real home! The outdoor areas offer a lavish front porch with white wicker furniture; baskets of flowers; bushes and trees; and several animals, including a German shepherd, hand-painted ducks, and a mamma cat with kittens. Near the back of the home is the greenhouse with a removable leaded glass roof and a wooden bunny hutch, both completely hand-built.
The exterior is decorated with gingerbread and painted like a real Victorian lady with pale lavender, pale pink, dark mulberry, and grey. Each room is wallpapered and decorated with opulent designs of wainscoting, crown and base moldings, and light medallions, except for the servants' quarters near the attic. Here are just some of the incredible features of this doll house: real cedar shingles, each cut by hand and stained ; copper flashing around the chimneys and roof lines; copper-roofed turret with a weather vain; wood veneer floors laser-cut from several types of light and dark wood then installed piece-by-piece for incredible designs; fully operational transom windows; real stained glass windows over exterior doors; all upper sashes of the single hung windows have hand-etched designs; a hand-built imperial staircase, each piece cut by hand and stained; and hand-built kitchen cabinets and bookcases. There are 162 spindles in the porch railings, each trimmed in four colors. Each brick in the greenhouse, chimneys, foundation, and walkway was laid by hand and mortised with real mortar!
The dogwood tree in the front was created using twisted wire and hand-cut pink paper flowers. Several parts of the home were custom crafted by famous artisans. These include: the laser-cut wood floors by Keith Bougourd in France (in Wales at the time) ; the Georgian mantel clock by Malcolm Hall in Leicester England; the wood phonograph by Taller Targioni in Spain; two white and blue White House vases by Ron Benson (deceased) from Richmond, VA; the feathered owl on the chimney by Annie Willis in England; an embroidered tablecloth and matching sideboard runner by Eleonora Coppelletti in Italy; the fainting couch and draperies by Marcia McClain in Granby, CT; the child's rocking horse by David Daws through Swan House Miniatures; the canopy bed coverings and draperies by Pat Southall (deceased) from Madison, OH; a child's patchwork quilt by Judy Liddington in Nashville, TN; and the gilded bird cage by Ursula Dyrbye-Skovsted in Denmark. The first and second floors are accessed through the back of the house that can be left open or covered with a piece of plexiglass; the attic is accessible through the lift-up back roof; and the turret roof is removable.This makes rearranging the furniture and decorating for the holidays very easy and fun. The house is built on a rolling walnut-paneled cabinet 8ft wide, 4ft deep, and 33in tall, that holds all the electrical components and wiring. Every wire is tagged to identify a specific lighted fixture. The cabinet is on 6 heavy-duty rollers for easy moving. All original architectural drawings, paperwork, and receipts are included with the sale of this unique and special house. The item "Handcrafted Doll House 112 Best Late Victorian Era Miniature Available by Far" is in sale since Tuesday, June 8, 2021. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dollhouse Miniatures\Doll Houses". The seller is "bornbuyer" and is located in Killen, Alabama. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.