This is a wonderful vintage metal dollhouse like I used to play with as a child. I couldn't pass this one up. It is in very good vintage condition. There are some minor bends in the roof. The underside bottom of the dollhouse has some rust on it, probably just from sitting and being moved around and played with. The only other blemishes I really see are on the patio. I show it in the photos. The shutters all work opening outward. Most of the tabs are still in tact. The tabs that are missing are in the upstairs bedroom, the wall between kitchen and dining room, and on the living room. You can easily glue these sides down if you want to. However, the dollhouse stands fine without them. This dollhouse is more a display piece and not really for use with a child as it is fairly fragile.
The colors in the rooms are still vibrant. There are really no scratches on the walls and rug lithograph interior or exterior.
The only real major flaw is that the FRONT DOOR IS MISSING. I am wondering if you can find a replacement for this. I have not checked for one.
I am also including dollhouse furniture that I purchased separately for this house. This furniture is a mixed variety of plastic dollhouse furniture that fits in very nicely with this house. It is a mix of Renwal, JP, Plasco, Superior, pieces made in hongkong. The pieces are a vintage lot that I found. There are two tubs, one missing faucets, a toilet missing the cover, but, a smaller toilet in tact, 2 little baby grands, patio fireplace, kitchen refridgerators (2) one nice plasco...one renwal with a knob missing, Old fashioned stereo radio. There are two sizes in the lot, one that is to the scale of the house and the other smaller. There is too much to describe here. I can answer questions you might have about the furniture. There are approximately 35 pieces. I have also recently purchased 2 dolls to add to the dollhouse.
This house is very large. I would prefer to ship it in separate pieces flat. I think it would ship more safely this way. It is also much cheaper. If you want it shipped intact then you need to be aware that the box wil be very large and also alot of packing material will need to be used. I would need to let you know the shipping cost if it's shipped in one piece.
International Buyers: I will gladly accommodate international shipping. Please contact me so that I can provide the appropriate shipping cost for you.
I believe that our homes reflect the story that we tell about our lives. Each special object is a poem unto itself. I like to imagine the stories and poems that have lived through the days of these objects of beauty. When they come to live with you they continue on telling the story and poems of your own special life.
"A Poem, Not a House..."
Thanks so much for looking! Please contact me with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.
MORE DETAILS HISTORY
I've included the history of these houses below for your information.
More Information Reagarding T. Cohn Dollhouse's
The first T. Cohn Inc. metal dollhouse 1948, in Mont. Wards Christmas Catalog. Front door and windows on front of house hinged. Interior has five rooms, plus bath, living room, dining room, kitchen on first floor, two bedrooms and bath on second floor, 28 x 13 x 18 1/2"
T. Cohn, Inc. from New York City, produced a colorful line of nine tin lithograph dollhouses starting in 1948 called the Superior Line. This Spanish style dollhouse was one of the first ones produced in this line. It has two stories with a living room, dining room and kitchen below and two bedrooms and bathroom above with a patio over the kitchen.
The exterior has a bright red tile roof with central brick chimney, white shingled walls on the upper level and red multi colored bricks on the lower level. Shrubs, flowers and vines decorate the base and the window boxes are filled with flowers. Even the colorful slate patio has potted shrubs. The diamond paned windows on the front of the house open and close and the front door does too. Shutters decorate most of the windows and the side windows and kitchen door have lithographed curtains as well. Marked, "T. COHN, Inc., Made in the U.S.A." on the bottom of the patio wall.
Inside the rooms are brightly decorated with patterned carpets, paneling under the windows, attractive wallpaper and sparkling tile in the kitchen and bathroom. This is the only house to have a separate dining room and it includes a vibrant Oriental rug, horizontal striped draperies and vertical striped wallpaper. The light blue bathroom has two large swans above the white tile wall and the children's bedroom is decorated with a cheerful circus motif. Openings between all the rooms allow for easy access.
Made in 3/4" scale, the dollhouse measures 18 1/2" t x 28.5" w x 13" d and is in excellent condition with very little surface wear and just some light rust on the bottom with none showing on the interior. The windows and front door are all in good working condition and all the tabs appear to be present.
We suggest furnishing this attractive house with our 1940s & 50s Renwal furniture, although these early houses were sometimes sold with Plasco furniture.
"A metal dollhouse featured in the 1948 Montgomery War Christmas catalog appears to be the first modern metal design. Manufactured by T. Cohn in Brooklyn, N.Y., the house had six rooms and sundeck with five windows and a front door that opened. Original price was $4.75. Most of the early Cohn models had hipped gable roofs and were clearly labeled with the company name--'T. Cohn Inc. Made in the U.S.A.' They produced metal dollhouses from the 1950s into the early 1960s, almost as long as Marx, though not as successfully." (Precious Metal Dollhouses by Joan Bramsch, "Tiny Talk", from the publication "Antique Trader Weekly".)
Postwar shortage of materials resulted in significant changes in dollhouses after 1945. There was an increased use of fiberboard, metal, and plastic. Companies such as Marx, Cohn, Mettoy, and others began manufacturing lithographed steel houses. Plastic windows, doors, and roofs soon became common, and all-plastic houses began to appear. These houses of the immediate postwar period reflected the homes created in the building booms of the times. (Dollhouse Furniture, Margaret Towner, Running Press, Philadelphia, 1993)