A Barton & Co. began making dolls house furniture just after the Second World War in 1945, providing employment for demobbed British soldiers.
They began making dolls house furniture under the ‘Model Home’ logo, mass producing dolls house furniture.
Barton used the name “Caroline’s Home” as a trade mark from about 1976. They produced sets of furniture in boxes and on cards enclosed with plastic. Most young girls during this time owned a dolls house, many home made from plans from Hobbys. Or they could buy the Caroline’s Home dolls house to put their furniture in.
In 1984 Barton and the Caroline’s Home brand were taken over by Lundby of Sweden. The production of the houses and furniture continued in the UK until the late 1980’s.
I don’t much about dating this furniture, so I have just used the 1976 catalogue as a guide.
Below is a selection of my Barton Toys Caroline’s Home Bedroom Furniture, from the 1976 catalogue.
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The drawers on the dressing table are very simple, with one large drawer and no back. They do have a habit of falling out on there on accord.
The doors on the wardrobe open to reveal a little shelf for storing your hats and bags.
I only have Divan Beds without an eider-down at the moment, I have had one before, but it was very fragile and I think moths had been at it. As you can see from the feature picture on the left, there is a double bed with a little shelf on the side, I must look out for this one.
chest of drawers
I have no idea about dating Barton Caroline’s Home furniture, just using the 1976 catalogue for reference. I have three chest of drawers [4 in fact two match], each are made of slightly different coloured wood.
When I looked at the reverse, I noticed that each one had a different back. I am not sure if this means a variation in the age of each piece.
The drawers for all the chest of drawers are made in the same way.