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.
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There is nothing complicated about the design of this furniture, it is solid and well made. With a good use of different coloured wood.
The little sideboard has two side opening doors, and two opening drawers in the middle. now, is showing its age, it has been played with but still complete. As is the table, the paint on the legs is looking a bit tired, or should I say distressed, other wise in good condition. It is nice that the legs splay out rather than go straight down.
Solid little chairs, with a simple design, and good choice of wood colour, giving them a realistic feel.