The Chicago-based Dowst Brothers Company started making Tootsietoy dollhouse furniture in 1922. Made of a metal alloy in 1/2"=1' scale and enameled in several different colors. It is quite fragile and the soft metal is easily broken and does not hold paint well. Consequently, the popularity of it waned in favor of sturdier wooden furniture and the company ceased production in 1937.
This orchid bathroom set was introduced in 1930 and includes the bathtub, sink, toilet, scale, medicine cabinet, stool, 2 towel bars and hamper (which we have added after acquiring the set). According to the information in Dian Zillner's reference book: "American Dollhouses and Furniture from the 20th Century" the yellow hamper was original to the orchid set and is shown on page 89. Perhaps it was meant to look like wicker.
The tub features 2 'tiled' sides giving it a built-in appearance and gold painted faucets. Measures 3 1/2" by 1 1/2" by 1" tall. Please use this as a reference for sizes of the other pieces or more dimensions will be gladly provided. The toilet has a black seat and lid and both open independently. The mirror (polished tin) on the medicine cabinet opens to reveal 3 tiny shelves. The towel bars were meant to be pressed into the walls of the doll house.
Also included is the original box and checkered inner liner which holds the pieces in place. The side flap retains the round sticker reading: "Tootsietoy, Bathroom, Orchid". Measures 12" by 8" by 2" tall.
The condition of all pieces is remarkable and the nicest pieces of Tootsietoy that we have seen. No breaks or damage at all and the few missing flakes of paint could well be the result of packing or very light handling over the last 85 years. None of the normal signs of play wear that is normally found on this furniture. The exception is the hamper which does show some loss, especially on the edge of the lid. The box is also nice with bright colorful graphics but does show wear on the edges and has two split corners on the lid. Please use the photos as further illustration of this beautiful set and feel free to request more.
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* "American Dollhouses and Furniture From the 20th Century" by Dian Zillner. Shown on page 89.