A dolls house is a toy home made in miniature. English speakers in North America commonly use the term dollhouse, but in the United Kingdom and other English-speaking countries, the term is dolls house but the spelling is interchangable.
The history of today’s dolls houses can be traced back about four hundred years to the baby house display cases of Europe, which showed idealized interiors. Smaller dolls houses with more realistic exteriors appeared in Europe in the 18th century. Early dolls houses were all handmade, but following the Industrial Revolution and World War II, they were increasingly mass-produced and became more standardized and affordable. Doll’s houses can range from simple boxes stacked together used as rooms for play, to multi-million dollar structures displayed in museums.
Contemporary children’s play dolls houses are mostly made to a 1:18 (or 2/3″) scale, while the 1:12 (or 1″) scale is common for dolls houses made for adult collectors.
Pictured here is Queen Mary’s Dolls House. Which was built between 1920 and 1924 for Queen Mary wife of King George V. It is absolutely breathtaking in its details and the incredible range of the objects within it, many of which are perfect 1:12 scale replicas of items in Windsor Castle, the royal’s own home at that time. Not only is it remarkable for its size and detail but everything in it works including all the lights, running hot and cold water and working lifts.