History of Doll Houses

Posted on June 6th, 2016 by admin in Toy Dolls House Resources


Dolls’ houses are not only well-loved by young girls. Adult collectors also fall in love with these miniature replicas of real houses because of many reasons. For one, dolls’ houses look very beautiful. Young girls love to decorate with their miniature furniture pieces that look very cute and collectors love to put them on display and look at the intricate works of the craftsmen who created these miniature houses.

But did you know that the history of dolls’ houses can be traced as far back as the sixteenth century? The first fully furnished doll house was the replica of the Duke of Bavaria’s house. His name was Albert V and he owned his real house’s fully furnished miniature version.

At the beginning, only wealthy people owned dolls’ houses. They put them on display for people to see and admire. They were not really playthings for young children, but more as a means to show their wealth and status.

But in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, children of the wealthy started to use dolls’ houses as a means to learn things about the household and life in general. It was only in the nineteenth century when dolls’ houses were used as playthings. At that time, you will not see a nursery without a dollhouse on display. But only the rich and wealthy have the privilege of playing with dolls’ houses even at this time.

Mass production of dolls’ houses as toys started in the Victorian era, especially in Germany. It was also at this time when even ordinary children can own a doll house. the trend continues and children all over the world started to play with dolls’ houses in different styles and designs.

The adult collectors have long been collecting antique dolls’ houses, but it was only in the 1970’s when they started to include modern and contemporary dolls’ houses in their collections.

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