The Strombecker company made wooden dollhouse furniture from 1931 until the late 1950's and redesigned it several times along the way to keep up with current style trends. In 1938 a major redesign was done to both the 3/4" and 1" scale furniture and the sleeker curves of this living room set are illustrative of the new 'Modern' design. The construction of the furniture got simpler over the years, probably to reduce manufacturing costs, and only certain pieces had the functioning doors and drawers of some of the earlier pieces.
This is the complete living room set as issued in '38 and includes the sofa and matching chair and ottoman, slant front console radio, coffee table, pedestal side table and 2 lamps. The 'upholstery' on the sofa and chair was created with sprayed-on flocked paint in a deep maroon-brown color. This new finish was referred to by Strombecker as "Dubonnet Izarine Simulated Upholstery" which, we assume, describes the wine color and suede-like finish. The radio and tables are made of solid walnut and are stamped as such on bottoms.
Made in 1" scale, the sofa measures 2 3/4" tall, 6" long and 3" deep and the radio is 3 1/2" tall, 2" wide and just over 1" deep. The other pieces are relatively sized and more dimensions will be gladly provided. The room box in the second picture is about 15" wide.
All are in nice structural condition with some minor wear on the flocking and a few signs of light play wear here and there. The wooden pieces are in excellent condition. The oval occasional table is a slightly lighter shade of wood that the other pieces and there is light oxidation on the floor lamp pole and light paint chipping on the base. No breaks or repairs.