Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bye Bye Doll House

Today we deliver this doll house--model house, really--to its new owner. And the funny thing is that it is going almost right back where it was built.



Mr. William Dorsey built this model of the house in which he was raised on big Mountain in Greenbrier county, WV; he made stoves and telephone and dressers and other furniture, not necessarily to scale but with great detail.








It will need some lovin' and a lot more cleaning. It had been in an empty building for years and the mice and spiders found it and moved in. We've cleaned the worst of it, but it will need more. Jackie will be busy getting it back in order, but what a fascinating piece of history she will have.

We got the doll house from friends who bought Mr. Dorsey's last home, and were debating what to do with it for over a year. I thought perhaps a museum might want it as it is a real period piece (judging by the linoleum on the floors, I think Mr. Dorsey built this in the early 1970's or late 60's). Then another friend in neighboring Fayette county asked if I had any doll houses to sell. How simple life can be sometimes.

So good-bye, big doll house. It was a pleasure to have you around for a while, and I know Jackie will take good care of you.



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6 comments:

Boud said...

Lovely post. Perhaps the new owner will lend it to a museum for a limited time? Or feature it at a historical society event? It does need to be seen, as well as cared for by an owner.

Granny Sue said...

That's a good idea. Or display it during local festivals, perhaps.

Michelle said...

I love folk art and dollhouses. What a perfect piece! I love it and glad it has found a new home.

Brig said...

Doll houses like that are hard to find these days. I looked for one for the granddaughters years ago, and they were all cheap china made, nothing as wonderful as the one you had.

Granny Sue said...

I am sure we could have sold it for more money, but I am very happy to see it go back to its home area, and to have an owner who loves it. You're right, Brig, it would be hard to find another like this. An heirloom piece.

Bbj said...

What a lovely piece!!!

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