Converse Company dollhouse

dollhouse

Michelle Knows Antiques is a great way to find the value of your antiques. Submit your antique for appraisal on our easy to use form. Here is a recent appraisal from Michelle’s column in Discover Vintage America:

Q: I have this old dollhouse that belonged to my father-in-law. He also has a lot of wooden animals that are marked “German Erzgebirge Putz” and I know these are from the 1920s. The house does not have any labels or marks on it.

A: Based on my experience and research I don’t think that your dollhouse is German. The stenciling directly on the wood and the design work look like that of the Morton E. Converse & Son Company of Massachusetts from the early 1900s. The Converse Co. tended to make dollhouses that looked like the homes children saw in their neighborhoods each day and this looks like a bungalow house.

There is also the absence of a country of origin mark, which was required by federal law for imports during this time period.

Your dollhouse would sell in the $500-$600 range as it appears to be in very good cosmetic condition.

As to your Erzgebirge Putz wooden animals; the Erzgebirge region of Germany is known for many things and wooden toy production is one of them dating back to the mid-1700s. In the mid-19th century a school was established to train people on the creation of quality wooden toys. They tend to make entire villages or scenes including the people, furniture, animals, etc. Depending upon the animals that you have the price range starts around $40 for a rather plain cow or dog up to several hundred dollars for giraffes and more exotic animals.

note – All prices given are for sale in a private sale, antique shop or other resale outlet. Price is also dependent upon the geographic area in which you are selling. Auction value, selling to a dealer or pawn shop prices are about ½ or less of resale value.

Written by Michelle Staley

Michelle Staley has over 35 years of experience as an antique collector, picker and dealer. She has done hundreds of insurance and IRS appraisals in addition to just satisfying another collector or dealer’s curiosity concerning what an item is, does or its worth. Other experience includes her work as a forensics consultant and in archeological identification and dating.

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  1. Hi i have a doll table by Converse. It is quite large, stands 18″. Can you appraise it for me please? How can I send photos?

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