Strombecker made wooden dollhouse furniture from 1931 into the 1950's and changed the designs frequently to reflect the changing styles of the times. Sometimes the changes were subtle but in 1938 the company completely redesigned the 3/4" scale furniture and called the line "Modern". New colors were added and the rounded shapes reflected the styles of the Art Deco Era. The living room furniture featured wire frames for the first time and the kitchen appliances sat on red bases. Another redesign in the early 1940's make these pieces rather hard to find.
This is the kitchen set from 1938 and is referred to as the "Model Kitchen" #535. Includes 3 appliances, clock, stool, red table and 4 chairs. The features on the appliances (doors, knobs) were impressed into the wood and are not functional. The clock face was impressed so lightly that it is barely visible.
Made in 3/4"=1' scale. The appliances are about 1 1/2" deep and the gas stove and cabinet sink are approximately 2 1/4" tall. The table is 2" tall and the top is a 2 3/4" by 1 3/4" rectangle. More dimensions on request.
The condition is nice with the light paint coverage, seepage and other manufacturing glitches that are common on these mass-produced toys. The only actual damage is to the underside of the table where several chunks are missing. The chairs have been repainted as evidenced by light brush strokes that are not found on this spray painted furniture and although a nice match to the table, the color is slightly darker. Please use the photographs as further illustration of condition.
This set is harder to find and is shown in a small Strombecker ad on page 42 of; "American Dollhouses & Furniture from the 20th Century" by Dian Zillner.