Constructed from wood and paper-covered cardboard, this sweet little schoolhouse opens via a fold-down flap at the front and a roof that folds upwards.
Inside, there are two wooden desks for the pupils, each with integral benches and lift-up lids so that books etc can be stored inside them. There is also a teacher’s desk with a cream-painted top.
Measuring approximately 3 ¼ inches each, the two pupil dolls are made from bisque, with pin jointed limbs, bent legs and moulded blonde hair. Both wear little crocheted dresses.
Other accessories include a plant in a terracotta pot, an enamel bucket, several posters and a couple of maps.
The front exterior reads Maison D’Ecole (schoolhouse), with separate doorways marked for boys and girls.
Measures 10 ¼ inches high, 13 ¾ inches wide and 9 ½ inches deep when closed.
Condition: The inside generally shows signs of age-related wear and tear. The exterior is a little knocked about, the front flap has a split, and the roof dips somewhat. Also, warping prevents the sides from meeting cleanly when the flaps are shut. Despite these flaws, this is a wonderful antique toy with bags of potential.
Please note: this item will be packaged extremely carefully – I will double box it. This means that although it is not particularly heavy, it will be quite a large parcel. For that reason, shipping will be higher than I would like.
Rare & Adorable Miniature French Schoolhouse, Dolls & Furniture, 1910