For sale is this one of a kind item. This is part of a collection of etched copper printing plates that were created in the 1920s by the owner's of the Tynietoy dollhouse and dollhouse furnishing company in Rhode Island. The image is of Tynietoy settle table, grandfather clock, and some cleaning items. This image is rare (I have two catalogs- one from the 1930s and one from the late 1940s and this is not in either one).
The image is reversed etched onto a copper plate, which is mounted onto a wooden block. When a thin layer of ink was applied this would print the image onto paper for the catalogs. It measures 2.6" x1.5" and the block is .9" tall. On the back is hand written "Toy Shop" in pencil.
Provenance & History: Tynietoy was founded by two women in the early 1920s. Their dollhouse furniture and accessories were hand made and based on historically accurate details. When the owners died in 1940 and 1947 some stock was sold until 1952 when Tynietoy closed its doors. The unsold items, as well as some production templates and these printing blocks were put away in storage. These were then sold at auction in the 1980s, and were purchased by the owners of a dollhouse museum in California where they remained in boxes until the owners passed and they were put up for sale. I have been lucky enough to acquire a wide variety of these rare dollhouse treasures.