Albert Schoenhut was a German immigrant who arrived in Philadelphia in 1866 and began repairing toy pianos at Wanamaker’s department store. He founded Schoenhut in 1872 to produce high quality toy pianos and other musical instruments. As the business grew, Schoenhut expanded into other aspects of the toy market developing a variety of child’s dolls and painted wooden playsets. Their musical instruments and toys became very popular and the company enjoyed great success. In 1917 Schoenhut introduced a line of doll houses which continued in production until the company declared bankruptcy in 1935. Schoenhut dollhouses remain highly collectable to this day, partially due to the fact that there were fewer dollhouses made by Schoenhut than by other popular manufacturers of the period. Schoenhut dollhouses were also more expensive than many of their competitors due to the materials used and the quality of their dollhouses.
The Yellow Garage Antiques is featuring a Schoenhut wood and pressed fibre one room bungalow dollhouse with some furnishings. There is a partial paper label on the foundation that reads: Made in USA. The A Schoenhut Company Philadelphia PA. A side “door” opening provided access for small hands and large imaginations. The interior lithographed patterned wallpaper is in good condition with a sweet top border trim. A wall mounted phone hangs by the solid front door. The dollhouse is presented as found and shows it was well loved as evidenced in the pictures. One of the glass windows is cracked and the original chimney is missing. The bungalow measures 11 1\2” in height by 14 1\4” deep by 11” wide. Long ago this diminutive dollhouse provided endless hours of childhood amusement and today will certainly make a delightful addition to any Schoenhut or dollhouse collection.
A. Schoenhut Bungalow Dollhouse with Furnishings