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Dolls' house

Dolls' house

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1932-1935 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lines Bros. Ltd. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood and metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs A. K. Gupta

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Tri-ang company was run by the three sons of Joseph Lines who, together with his brother George founded the original G&J Lines company in the 1870s. Tri-ang sold a large range of dolls' houses, all of which reflected popular taste in domestic architecture and interiors, including cottages with and without thatches, country houses, bungalows, and geometric Modern Dolls' Houses of the 1930s. However, it was the range of Tudor houses that proved to be enduringly popular and these were manufactured for several decades. This particular house design remained unchanged until the end of the 1950s.

Physical description

A two-storey house on a green base, painted cream with dark wood panels attached to the front. There are coloured flowers painted beneath the lower bay windows. The roof is red with two cream chimneys. All the doors and shutters are painted green. The windows have metal frames and plastic panes. Downstairs there are a dining room and kitchen, upstairs are two bedrooms with a bathroom over the garage. In the centre are a hall and staircase. The house is fitted with wiring for electric light that works from a battery.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)


1932-1935 (manufactured)


Lines Bros. Ltd. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Wood and metal


Height: 66.6 cm, Depth: 43.8 cm, Width: 120 cm

Descriptive line

Tudor style dolls' house made in England by Lines Bros (Tri-ang Toys) in the early 1930s

Labels and date

This house was inspired by fashionable ‘Stockbroker Tudor’ architecture seen in the suburbs of the 1930s. This model was extremely popular, but there were also very modern bungalows with flat roofs and less expensive semi-detached houses.
Tri-ang produced dolls’ houses together with furniture and dolls to furnish them. They had a reputation for well-made toys and led the market into the 1960s.


Wood; Metal


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys; Dolls' houses

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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