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The Peter Dowsett Dolls House Collection.

Peter Dowsett had been collecting, and refurbishing Antique Dolls Houses for the past 60years. In the last 30 years Peter had been building new dolls houses and furniture, which were shown at numerous exhibitions.

After leaving the REME in the 1950's Peter became an Architectural assistant, draughtsman and model maker for a London Architectural company. He attended auctions, searched junk shop and toy fairs to find not only antique dolls houses but antique furniture.

Over the years Peter refurbished many old dolls houses and auctioned some of them for charities.

He had a very keen interest in early Lines Brothers /Triang houses. He enjoyed seeing others have the pleasure of owning an antique dolls house restored to “as original as was possible” condition.

Over the years Peter made up a collection of Dolls houses, from 1879 to the 1980's as a social history of Dolls houses and miniature furniture. The early houses were often made by the estate carpenter, but in those days not following today’s scale sizing. Furniture would have been made to fit the house. In large Victorian country houses space was usually available.

Peter collected dolls furniture from the 1870's to modern day.

He was accomplished in fine quality miniature furniture making, and held workshops, with Pat Cutforth and regular weekend modelling workshops at Parham House in West Sussex

Peter had been interviewed on local radio, had written articles and been interviewed by various dolls house magazines, and county newspapers.

 

Funds raised by the sale of this collection will go to some of the charities he supported.

Macmillan Care.  Reg 263218

Salvation Army.  Reg 214779

RNLI . Reg 209603

Marie Curie .  Reg 207994.

 

 

German lithographed paper over wood antique doll's house furnishings, circa 1870, with turned legs and velvet upholstery: (1) - (4) upholstered chair; (5) settee; (6) & (7) cupboards; (8) - (10) octagonal, oval and rectangular tables; Fair Plus to Good Plus; (10). Funds raised from the sale of this lot will go to the following charities: Macmillan Care Reg 263218; Salvation Army Reg 214779; RNLI Reg 209603 and Marie Curie Reg 207994.
Estimate: £60 - £80 Sold For: £180
Schneegas Waltershausen Golden Oak Yellow Cherry fruitwood doll's house antique bedroom furnishings (or similar), circa 1900: (1) wardrobe, with Art Nouveau flourish to cornice, pewter knobs, 7 1/4" high; (2) wash stand with marble top and mirror, one knob is detached- but present and door is loose, 6 1/4"; (3) wash stand with marble top (loose), 4"/10cm; (4) dressing table, with mirror and three drawers, 7"/18cm; (5) small cupboard with marble top, 3"/8cm; (6) wash stand with marble top, this is not the same quality as the former- label to rear C. BARLEY 6 CORRIDOR BATH, 4"/19cm; (7) extending table, 2 1/2"; (8) a spare marble top; Fair Plus to Excellent Plus; (8). Funds raised from the sale of this lot will go to the following charities: Macmillan Care Reg 263218; Salvation Army Reg 214779; RNLI Reg 209603 and Marie Curie Reg 207994.
Estimate: £80 - £140 Sold For: £220
German soft metal lead doll's house antique miniature filigree dressing table, typical of pieces produced by the Deissen firm of Babette Schweitzer, late 19th century, bottom drawer is missing, back of unit is a cardboard replacement, otherwise Fair Plus to Good, 4 1/2"/11cm tall. Funds raised from the sale of this lot will go to the following charities: Macmillan Care Reg 263218; Salvation Army Reg 214779; RNLI Reg 209603 and Marie Curie Reg 207994.
Estimate: £50 - £70 Sold For: £30
Doll's house soft metal lead and tinplate miniature antique piano, Fair Plus to Good, 3 1/2"/9cm tall. Funds raised from the sale of this lot will go to the following charities: Macmillan Care Reg 263218; Salvation Army Reg 214779; RNLI Reg 209603 and Marie Curie Reg 207994.
Estimate: £30 - £40 Sold For: £100
German and British doll's house miniature antique and vintage telephones; Fair to Good; (8). Funds raised from the sale of this lot will go to the following charities: Macmillan Care Reg 263218; Salvation Army Reg 214779; RNLI Reg 209603 and Marie Curie Reg 207994.
Estimate: £30 - £40 Sold For: £30
Grecon / A B Barton (or similar) vintage doll's house dolls, each with hard plastic head, wire armatured body covered in yarn, painted hair and features, metal feet, Good to Excellent, largest 3 3/4"/95mm and smallest 2"/5cm; (5). Funds raised from the sale of this lot will go to the following charities: Macmillan Care Reg 263218; Salvation Army Reg 214779; RNLI Reg 209603 and Marie Curie Reg 207994.
Estimate: £30 - £40 Sold For: £20
Modern doll's house, scratch built to a design by Trevor and Sue Cook, dated 2/9/91, label to rear states: HANDMADE ORIGINAL DESIGN No 434 BY TREVOR & SUE COOK BRIGHTON ENGLAND, opens to front, five rooms on three storeys, staircase to right hand side, roof space with two attic rooms, 40"/102cm x 22"/56cm x 20"/51cm. NB: THIS HOUSE IS LARGE AND HEAVY AND MAY REQUIRE COLLECTION. Funds raised from the sale of this lot will go to the following charities: Macmillan Care Reg 263218; Salvation Army Reg 214779; RNLI Reg 209603 and Marie Curie Reg 207994.
Estimate: £20 - £60 Sold For: £110
Lighthouse modern doll's house, craftsman made by Peter Dowsett, 2010, opens to front, three rooms on three storeys with staircase, complete with purpose-made furniture and contents, 22"/56cm x 9"/23cm. Funds raised from the sale of this lot will go to the following charities: Macmillan Care Reg 263218; Salvation Army Reg 214779; RNLI Reg 209603 and Marie Curie Reg 207994.
Estimate: £20 - £40 Sold For: £130