Antique two story doll house with lithograph decoration by the Rufus Bliss Manufacturing Company. Even through Rufus Bliss founded R. Bliss Manufacturing Company in 1832, it is not exactly known when they started producing toys. The earliest mention of toys can be found in the New England Business Director of 1871. Bliss Manufacturing Company was originally founded to produce wooden screws and clamps for piano and cabinet making. Rufus Bliss is known for inventing a machine for cutting wood screws rapidly and more accurately than had been done in the past. These toys cross the borders of collecting with their folk-art designs. They are known for their high quality, beautiful colors and artwork. Toys carrying the Bliss name were produced until 1935 but only a few toys were marketed during these later years. Rufus Bliss (who put the R in remarkable), founded the Rhode Island-based company in the early 1800s. Like most of the entrepreneurs weve met throughout history, Rufus endeavor evolved significantly over the years. What began as a screw & clamp operation, soon morphed into a focus on toys (particularly dollhouses and ships). While its not clear what inspired Rufus to shift his focus, we know he had a keen eye for technological developments. His invention of a particular cutting machine meant that his screws were produced with a level of accuracy unheard of in the past. That attention to precision is also found in the toys he designed. As an example, collectors are often drawn to R. Bliss pieces due to their bright & crisp lithographs. Lithography was a printing method that was leveraged for mass production think of all the theatrical posters or billboards. While it wasnt known for its high level of quality, R. Bliss soon changed that. Printed atop a simple, wooden frame his toys showcased a richness of color unparalleled by his contemporaries. Looking at a Bliss toy, its easy to see this was a passion project. Given that obvious dedication, its funny to think that the company had been established for over three decades before branching out into toy production. Bliss dollhouses arrived on the scene by the 1890s and most are in the Queen Anne style what enthusiasts call gingerbread. Modeled after German dollhouses, these ornately decorated beauties were the gem of young girls bedrooms nationwide. In fact, Bliss was one of the very first American toy companies to make dollhouses. While most of their products were around 10 inches tall, the more detailed models stood at a staggering 26 inches. At over two feet tall, can you imagine the wonder that would spark in a childs imagination? Given the relative ease of manufacturing (after all the framework was simple & the refined printing processes were easy to reproduce), R. Bliss dollhouses were accessible to families of modest means. Collectors can identify a R. Bliss design by finding the three digit code that is printed on the house. Unfortunately, the printing location isnt consistent as Bliss designed in a variety of looks & sizes (although, as noted the Queen Anne look was the most common). The code reveals the catalog number: an example is 573-F. Only one model is known to have a code omitted the Adirondack Cabin, made in 1910. There are so many reasons why collectors clamor to find an original R. Bliss house the variety, the color, the details everything about Rufus work inspires joy. However, whats extraordinary to a laymans eye is that these houses look just as fresh as they did the day they were made. Rufus workers only used seasoned materials for their wood frames, meaning the structures didnt warp over time. In addition, the full-color lithography process meant that the colors retained their brilliancy better than paint. This company carried on the Bliss legacy until 1935, although the production was greatly limited during the final years. What I find extraordinary about the mini-history of R. Bliss Manufacturing Co is it teaches us to embrace a plot twist. Rufus revolutionized one industry and while he could have easily rested on that success, he decided to pursue new adventures. And everything he took on bore his signature passion, dedication to detail, and joy. Good Overall – Some staining/paper loss; gentle wear throughout. 9.25 x 6.25 x 12.5 (Width x Depth x Height). The sooner you pay, the sooner you get your item. Please let us know if you have any additional questions. We are sorry for the inconvenience. We do are very best to package and secure all our items so they make safe trips to their new homes. We strive to get your items delivered in the most safe and cost effective manner. Add a map to your own listings. The item “Antique Rufus Bliss Wooden Lithograph Two Story Victorian Doll House 13″ is in sale since Wednesday, November 24, 2021. This item is in the category “Dolls & Bears\Dollhouse Miniatures\Dollhouses & Room Boxes”. The seller is “designersconsignment” and is located in Dayton, Ohio. 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- Style: Victorian
- Type: Complete Dollhouse