Vintage 1930s Tootsietoy Dining Room Furniture - 9 Pieces
Gee what a pretty dining set! (Ad copy from a 1920s Tootsietoy newspaper advertisement)
Welcome to the delightful world of Tootsietoy!
In the 1920s, the Dowst Brothers Co. based in Chicago began manufacturing miniature metal die-cast furniture so that kids could decorate their cardboard dollhouses. Sold in sets for specific rooms of the house - kitchen, bath, dining, parlor, and bedroom, these exquisitely designed metal pieces were a hit from the beginning thanks to their sturdy composition and their artistically detailed shapes.
Many Tootsietoys and houses were designed after popular furniture styles of the era as well as architectural models, so they each contain unique features fastidiously devoted to hallmarks of good craftsmanship. Needless to say, the attention to detail of the Tootsietoy brand was wonderful. So many pieces were mini replicas of real-life furniture used in real-life rooms. And the die-cast model knew no boundaries! the line included all sorts of cute must-haves including lamps, bookcases, carts, end tables, beds, mirrors, plant stands, candelabras, chairs. Everything that dolly would ever need in her house!
This metal Tootsietoy dining room set consists of nine pieces... a dining room table, four chairs, a tea cart, a buffet table, a serving table, and a lace-trimmed tablecloth. Each of these pieces was made in the 1930s except for the buffet table which was made in the 1920s.
Despite the fact, that Tootsietoys were made out of metal, a lot of the furniture pieces did not travel the decades well. It's hard to find sets these days in which there are no broken chairs, bent legs, or repainted surfaces. That makes it all the more exciting to be able to offer this rare set in its original condition, all completely intact and ready to ignite a day of play with your little one.
- Nine-piece set
- Original condition
- Metal die-cast
In wonderful vintage condition. It's hard to believe that these little wonders are ninety years old! The brown paint is chippy in some places due to age. Each piece is stamped with the Tootsietoy mark. No broken elements on any pieces. The wheels turn smoothly on the tea cart and the tablecloth is completely intact with no spots, stains or holes.
Each piece measures as follows...
Dining Table - 3.25" inches (length) x 1.5" inches (width) x 1.5" inches (height)
Chairs: Just under 1" inches (in length and width) x just under 2" inches (height). Please note two of the chairs have armrests.
Buffet Table: Measures 2.5 "inches (length) x 1" inch (width) x 1.75" inches (height)
Serving Table: 2" inches (length) x 1" inch (width) x 1.5" inches (height) x 1.75" inches (height)
Tea Cart: 1.75" inches (length) x .75" inches (width) x 1.5" inches (height)
Tablecloth: 3.75" inches (length) x 1.5" inches (width)
The whole set weighs 5.8 oz.
Whether you have a little kid at home who will put this playset to use or you are a kid at heart yourself, a mini set of tables and chairs makes wonderful decorating accessories in addition to toys. Place these on your kitchen shelves, in a cupboard, or on a window sill, and watch them become the irresistable conversation piece at your next party. You'll see - no one can resist the delightful nature of a Tootsietoy!