This is an extremely scarce Dollyville dollhouse toy manufactured by R. Bliss of Pawtucket Rhode Island and patented in 1895. This particular example has an impressive provenance, as it comes out of Flora Gill Jacobs' Washington Doll and Toy Museum. Those of you who might have attended that auction may remember it sold for $20,000 plus buyer's premium at that auction.
The dollhouse is made of paper lithographed wood and heavy cardboard. For such a fragile toy, this example is preserved in remarkably good condition. It is mostly complete, and has only tiny spots of paper wear. It maintains most of its interior furniture, as well as a couple of "street scene" pieces. The American flag may or may not be original to the toy, as I would expect Bliss to add a paper lithographed flag.
The dimensions are impressive. It is about 30 inches long and about 15 inches tall. The various buildings include a drug store, bank, grocery market and theater (opera house). As a cityscape, Dollyville has apartment dwellings above the stores, with children peaking out of the windows. The colors are bright and vivid.
Because the toy is so fragile, either I will deliver it if possible, or I will bring it to the UPS store to be professionally packaged and shipped. Shipping and insurance costs will be determined at that time. Because the toy is so fragile, cannot ship it internationally.
Item ID: RL47
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