The history of dollhouses is one that begins over 400 years ago. There is speculation as to the origin of the dollhouse since it was not documented until the 1800’s. Dollhouses have provided endless entertainment to children and adults alike. This toy should be celebrated for how much it has given to generation after generation.
1) It is believed that dollhouses originated as early as the 1500’s. At this time, it was only the children of wealthy aristocrats who were given such a spectacular toy. These dollhouses were not often designed based on the mansions and castles of the aristocrat’s homes, but were certainly more ornate than the houses of commoners. At this time they were used to provide the children with entertainment and nothing more.
2) It wasn’t until the 1800’s in Germany that dollhouses began to be manufactured on a large scale. While the houses and furnishings were still handmade, they became more elaborate thanks to newer and more intricate tools that were available. These dollhouses were made for the masses, so that not just children of the wealthy could own them. While they were still out of reach of those children with little money, families with some means were able to give their children a beautiful dollhouse.
3) Throughout the years, dollhouses have silently taught children about family life and growing into adulthood. They have also provided a creative outlet for the imaginations of generations of children. Dollhouses are often passed down from generation to generation. This allows for families to spend time together and even play together. It can be a wonderful experience between parent and child.
4) At some point, although a specific time is unknown, dollhouses transcended from a child’s toy into a valuable possession and collectable. Dollhouses were played with less and displayed more behind glass. Each ornate piece became more valuable as time went on. This still continues today. There are an abundance of dollhouse museums that showcase the true beauty of these collections and also the history behind them.
5) Children today are not left without the magic of the dollhouse, but it has changed dramatically over the years. Barbie introduced the world to her “Dream Home” and since then, most children are presented with dollhouses made of plastic. While these make wonderful toys, there is certainly something lacking from the beautiful wooden dollhouses of years ago. These dollhouses come complete with furnishings and dolls. This takes a bit of the adventure out of finding new treasures to place in the dollhouse.
Dollhouses have a history that extends back hundreds of years. Children and adults alike have had the pleasure of knowing the joy a dollhouse can bring. The true history of dollhouses lies with the people who own them and their own amazing memories.