The Lundby Detective
The Lundby Detective
Frequently Misidentified Houses
Have you ever purchased what you thought was a Lundby of Sweden house or item of furniture, but found out later that it wasn't made by Lundby? Most Lundby items aren't marked, and that sometimes presents a challenge in distinguishing them from other dollhouses and furniture by European toy manufacturers. See below the four fully-furnished houses from Sue Morse's collection that cause the most misidentifications.
The 1960s Micki Gemla House -- Although the Swedish company, Micki Gemla, did not manufacture furniture, its dollhouse had the same five-room design (although slightly taller) as Lundby and accommodated 1/16th Lundby or Brio furniture.
The 1960s Brio House -- Brio's dollhouse and furniture is highly sought after because the company replicated in miniature the work of the famous Danish designer Arne Jacobsen, creator of the "egg chair" and the "swan couch."
The 1960s Hanse of Denmark House -- Hanse of Denmark so closely resembles Lisa of Denmark that it is speculated that one company, Loui Kiesbüy of Horsens, Denmark, made both Hanse and Lisa dollhouses and furniture. Some items are so similar that one must have a labeled house or furniture mint in box to authenticate its origins.
The 1960s Lisa of Denmark House --The right to produce Lisa houses and furniture was purchased by Lundby during the firm's decade of expansion in the 1980s.
On this webpage, we will present 1/16th dollhouse items that are similar to Lundby and need to be properly identified. If you think you know the origin of any of these items, please email us. If you have a dollhouse or piece that you do not recognize, please send a photo and some information about where you found it. We'll feature new items periodically.
Rare Mystery Items
Please help identify these rare mystery items. Reina Olthoff, Holland, sends this photo of a green upholstered chair and a painted chest for identification.
Have you ever seen a table like this one submitted by Jerry and Amy Schlager? Please let us know if you can identify it.
UK member Marion Osborne's mystery fireplace has been identified by a visitor to the website, Syll Van Veen. She recently found the exact same fireplace on www.marktplaats.nl in a lot consisting of early 1960s East German furniture.
Several views of Marion Osborne's fireplace
Another Mystery Fireplace
We present a photo of Linda Hanlon's fireplace, which she bought in Germany in 1973. Can anyone help her determine the maker?
Is this a Lundby or Lerro Chair?
Here is the story about how we found out that the chair is both Lerro and Lundby!
Paige Baird, UK, wrote in June that she had found an image of the chair pictured on the Lundby Detective page. She located it in the 1959-1960 BRIO catalog, listed as no. 19389/52, shown in Peter Pehrsson’s Old Catalogues section on his website, www.peppesdollhousepage.com. Paige told us further that the chair is called the Karl Johanstol and is mentioned as being produced with either red or green velour seating.
Mystery 1/16th Scale Telephone
even the Lundby experts at our WLLC convention could identify this 1/16th
scale telephone. So we are adding it to the Lundby Detective page in hopes
that someone will recognize it. We'd like all our readers to have a try
at identifying the new Mystery Item.
Member Linda Hanlon sent us this photo of the little phone she found in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. It is a solid metal phone with a paper dial and black string cord. The receiver is attached to the rest of the phone. Can anyone positively identify it?
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