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 doll’s 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 Accessories, from 1976 catalogue. Some appear in various box sets.
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Notice on the clock face ABC, [A B Barton & Co.] I have 2 other clocks with the same letters on the face. These probably early Barton 50’s or 60’s, but not sure. My knowledge of Barton is very limited, and I am finding it hard to find out any information.
This Aquarium is only small, but fits lovely on a Sideboard, with the flower vase.
Quite an odd item to have, one radiator, it came in a set with an electric fire and a picture. Some of the furniture combinations are quite random.
birdcage on stand
The above pictures of the Birdcage, show the difference between the Metal and Plastic items. The metal one being the older of the two. Your will notice that my plastic one is in poor condition.