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Dolls' Houses
Past & Present

A website and ezine about dolls' houses: antique, vintage and modern.
Plus furniture and accessories.

Issue 27 (Jan 2016)

A Dolls' House Alphabet

by Val Hill

A

Accessories

Alphabet

Every house needs lots of these, it’s surprising how many,

and how much of the budget they swallow up (see ‘B’ and ‘F’ ).

B

Bank Account

Never large enough, frequently depleted (see 'F').

C

Car

Alphabet

Indispensable for transporting houses, ideally, should be big enough for two.

D

Dust

Alphabet

Occurs in human size houses to distract from doll houses.

E

End

As in finish. Rarely occurs.

F

Family

Useful if supportive (i.e. You want WHAT! For Christmas, Oh OK then.) If not, consider acquiring a new one.

G

Grecons

Alphabet

Small people with large personalities. Cost out of proportion to size. (see ‘A’ 'B' and 'F')

H

Holidays

Alphabet

A time for recuperation and an opportunity to search for new ideas and supplies.

I

Impoverished

A claim made by other family members. Irrelevant when viewing new purchases.

J

Jealousy

An emotion felt by many when viewing collections.

Don’t worry, this is natural, and it is highly probable that someone is jealous of yours.

K

Knuckles

Alphabet

Plasters must be applied immediately they are damaged, blood is very difficult to get out of wallpaper.

L

Lie

As in “That house? Oh I’ve had that old thing for ages”. To be avoided.

Most family members notice when a six bedroom doll house appears in the real house.

M

Meals

Alphabet

Most family members insist at attendance at these, even if it means leaving a project at an interesting stage.

N

Nails

Damage to these can be repaired at salons. However this does divert funds from important matters (see ‘A’).

O

Overpainting

Alphabet

This is part of the natural life cycle of a dolls house. Proud fathers become proud grandfathers and 'do up' the doll house. However, this is often done to vintage houses in gloss paint, disguising all the original features. (see 'S')

P

Peculiar

What the neighbours think of you when you play with Grecons in the garden.

Q

Queue

of jobs waiting to be done. Never gets smaller.

R

Room

Alphabet

Never enough. Consider moving family into garden shed.

S

Scapel

Alphabet

Useful for removing Gloss (see 'O'). Also good at removing skin from fingers.

T

Tacky

The stage of painting that pets and children are most drawn to.

U

Under the bed

A possible hiding place for new acquisitions from unsympathetic eyes.

V

Vermin

Alphabet

Can damage houses and contents. Many varieties, include woodworm, moths, spiders and children.

W

Wardrobe

Alphabet

Another possible hiding place (see 'O'). Alternate use is to fit with shelves to display houses.

Clothes can be kept in the garden shed.

X

Xenophobe

A person unduly fearful of foreign ideas such as Gottschalk or Lundby.

Y

Yearning

Alphabet

A common feeling when at fairs.

Z

Zeal

An excellent quality possessed in great amounts by many dollhouse collectors.

Photo credits: A:© Joan Joyce; C: © Deborah Green; D: © Rebecca Green; G: Hamleys catalogue; H: © diePuppenstubensammlerin; K: © Pinch of Pepper; M: © Valerie Towers; O: © Rebecca Green; R: © Zoe H.; S: © Celia Thomas of KT Miniatures; V: © Barbara King; W: © Christine Jaeger; Y: © Béatrice Dassonville.

 

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