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Dolls' house

Dolls' house

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1938 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lines Bros. Ltd. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted wood and metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Julia Weekley

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Julia Weekley, who donated this house, was the daughter of Montague Weekley, curator of Bethnal Green Museum between 1947 and 1964. The house is a Lines Bros house made under the famous Tri-ang trademark as a house in the 'Modern Movement' style. Lines Bros were very keen to keep up with the latest developments in architecture, although their most popular houses were reproductions of traditional Tudor and Elizabethan styles. This house is furnished and populated in a Victorian style which is completely out of keeping with the contemporary look of the house.

Physical description

A dolls' house version of a suburban house in the geometric style of the 1930s. The exterior of the house is painted cream, with green doors and window frames. It stands on a base board painted to resemble crazy paving. The house has a flat roof on two levels, with a small empty room in the centre. There are two storeys. On the ground floor is a garage, kitchen, sitting room with extended frontage and hall. On the first floor are the bathroom, two bedrooms, a landing and a balcony.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)


1938 (manufactured)


Lines Bros. Ltd. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Painted wood and metal


Length: 107 cm, Depth: 48.2 cm, Height: 61 cm

Descriptive line

Dolls' house made in England by Lines Bros (Tri-ang) in 1938


Wood; Metal; Paint




Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys; Architecture

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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