A very rare find and definitely a one-of-a-kind!
I love miniatures and have a large collection of odds and ends and cute little miniature objects.
This is a little larger than my usually finds! This wooden cabinetmakers wardrobe maquette model was made circa the 1940’s to the 1950’s due to its typical period design and details with the curved doors, lovely internal mirrors, lower drawer and metal fittings. It has no makers mark unfortunately, but it is in the style of the period and made from the same materials as would have been of the original full scale version: Wood ply.
Furniture during this period was designed for function and because resources and materials were scarce during the wartime period, furniture during this time was made under the Utility Furniture Scheme, which was introduced in 1942 and continued in to post-war austerity up until 1952.
This is a lovely mini wardrobe, measuring approximately 33cm high by 17cm wide by 11cm deep and is in very good condition for its age! The wood is nice and clean and has a rich golden colour and there are no splits or cracks to the woodwork. There is however, some corrosion to the metal fittings, such as the internal rails on the doors and on the hinges. This is restorable. One of the doors is slightly warped and makes closing the wardrobe doors flush and flat not possible without Blutac or something to hold it in place. This maybe through the passage of time, temperature and storage, but to me, it looks like it may have been like this for a very long time. This doesn’t detract from the fact that this is quite an old and one-of-a-kind piece of hand made furniture! And its just charming!
A great little piece for the collector!