The Kage Company of Manchester, Connecticut made wooden doll house furniture from 1938 to 1948. Most pieces were simply made of solid blocks of wood. The exceptions to this construction are the over-stuffed chairs and sofas that are a combination of wood and cardboard, stuffed with padding and covered in charming cotton muslin. Some pieces also have bent wires for legs or handles, tin mirrors and fabric skirts and spreads on bed and vanity.
The scale (roughly 3/4"=1') and materials used were inconsistent in these inexpensively and mass-produced toys and the wood colors and finishes range from maple colored to dark walnut and sometimes a mixture of both on the same piece. The relatively tiny piano is a good example of the scale inconsistencies; notice in the last picture how small it is compared to other pieces and how large the table is compared to the chairs and kitchen appliances. These idiosyncrasies are easy to overlook when one considers the overall charm of this collectible furniture.
The piano and bench are both solid blocks of wood with applied dowels for legs and a paper keyboard on the piano. It measures just over 3" long, 2 3/8" wide and 2 1/4" tall and the bench is 3/4" tall, 2" long and 1" wide.
Both are in nice condition with no breaks or repairs but some dings, especially on the bench, and also a few around the top edge of the piano. The paper keyboard is excellent with no fading or loss and legs are firmly attached.
The last picture shows the large lot of this nice furniture that we recently purchased at an estate sale. We will be adding the pieces soon but in the meantime please feel free to ask for details, pricing and availability.
A comprehensive study of this interesting furniture can be found in a lovely new publication by Patty Cooper and George Mundorf; "Kage Dollhouse Furniture 1938-1948". Inquire for purchasing details.