19th century doll's house on sale for £10,000
A VICTORIAN doll’s house built by a couple for their daughter in the 19th century is to be auctioned off near Cheltenham for £10,000.
The beautifully furnished house will be centre stage among a collection of late 1800s and early 1900s toys up for sale at Chorley’s auctioneers on November 28.
The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, has owned the doll’s house since the early 1970s, after a lifetime of collecting.
It is expected to be sold for between £10,000 to £15,000.
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The house was made in 1850 by Mr and Mrs Newton of Liverpool for their daughter Emma when she was six-years-old. Mr Newton, a lawyer, was a keen amateur carpenter and it was he who designed and made most of the furniture and the house itself.
Mrs Newton, meanwhile, made all the furnishings and the bedclothes.
The doll’s house moved to Askham Richard in Yorkshire when Emma married the Rev. Usher Miles, and was much loved and played with by their five daughters.
On the death of her husband in 1912, Mrs Miles moved to Cheltenham where the doll’s house remained until her death in 1931, when a home was found for it with her second son, Dr William Miles at Bewdley, Worcestershire.
When he in turn died in 1953, the doll’s house came to Gloucester and was in the possession of his eldest daughter, Mrs Pauline Taylor until 1972, when it passed to the current owner.
Catrin Hampton, of Chorley’s, said: “The boxes and boxes of children’s playthings, housed by this collector for over half a century, would have been played with by children during the previous 100 years.”