The metal windows are original to the house but the pale blue colour is normally seen on early 1930's Tri-ang houses. The dark frame of the metal windows usually indicates a pre-war date and the blue bench in the sun porch usually appears on earlier 1930's Tri-angs.
However the wallpaper and flooring paper seen in this house were generally not used until 1939 to 1941, or after the war in 1947 (when Tri-ang dolls house production started again). Plus interestingly, models of this No 61 in the late 1930s would normally have been made with a downstairs window box plus curved timbering.
As this little house has neither a window box or curved timbering we are therefore of the opinion that, taking all these other factors into account, this must have been created at the beginning of the war as one of the last houses made before production ceased due to wartime restrictions. Or it may have been amongst one of the early batch of houses made in 1947 just as Tri-ang commenced manufacturing again. This would have been at a time in history when due to shortages of materials, this little house was created by Tri-ang using leftover components from earlier years, making this particular model quite unique and that little bit more special.
This attractive wooden No 61, is in a good played with condition, being front opening with two interior rooms, a garage and sun porch. Both chimneys are missing but the loose wooden steps are refreshingly present (which were so often mislaid). The exterior is in good original condition and the dark brown card tiled roof has some worn patches but generally ok. All windows are present, albeit a little rusty and original material curtains remain. There may be a tiny wooden support missing from under the upstairs window, am not sure and I only mention this as there is a tiny worn patch centrally under this window which makes me think that this is so.
The interior consists of one small room downstairs and one large room upstairs, that spans right across the entire width. The side opening wooden door is situated to the left of the downstairs room, with access to the sun porch. All the flooring and wallpaper is in situ, however natural wear and tear is in evidence including some brown stains and a little tearing but nothing major.
It is so nice to have the original wallpaper and many imperfections can be hidden by carefully placed furniture, pictures, mirrors etc.
There is a little sun porch complete with pale blue bench and original brick paper on the floor.
The garage doors are still present although one of the handles is missing. They open to reveal a spacious garage with the original brick flooring paper.
On the reverse is a half ripped original label. This particular label was used from late 1939 to about 1956. The base is still in original condition.
This is a delightful little house and ideal for vintage 1/16th scale furniture.