Antique DUNHAM’S COCOANUT DOLL HOUSE store display/shipping crate for coconut
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Antique DUNHAM’S COCOANUT DOLL HOUSE store display/shipping crate for coconut Picture and Description:
Antique DUNHAM'S COCOANUT DOLL HOUSE ca. 1890's, Advertising Crate, Hard to Find This wonderful advertising crate became a dollhouse for some lucky little girl after the coconut that was shipped in it was sold. The outside walls of the wooden crate are litho bricks and windows embossed directly on the wood, depicting a four story house. The outside top and bottom are both marked "DUNHAM'S COCOANUT DOLL HOUSE". The inside walls are great lithographed paper depicting four Victorian rooms including: (starting at the bottom floor) kitchen, dining room, parlor, and bedroom. There is a small amount of staining on the paper, and a crack in the paper the length of the house where the crate was put together in the back. This has happened to all of these crate houses as far as I know. The paper in this one is in exceptionally good condition, with no pieces missing. Cardboard furniture was available to the customer by sending in trademarks from the coconut packages to the company. Needless to say, this furniture is almost non-existent now. The lithographed room and floor papers are so detailed that the house is attractive without furniture, showing off the Victorian decorating style. The house also looks good furnished with furniture of the period. Floor to ceiling of the rooms measure 7 inches. The dollhouse measures 29" high x 11.75" wide, and 7.25" deep. The back of the crate is made of two pieces of wood, undecorated. The original instructions to the grocer on how to open the crate are on a paper still attached to the top back corner "This is the back of doll house to open this case open front cover". The pics are my best description showing the great condition of this advertising dollhouse crate. Please watch for more of my listings of vintage dollhouses, dollhouse furniture, dolls, and more. Thank you for viewing my auctions.