For any miniature and dollhouse hobbyist, an antique dollhouse is a prized possession. Any dollhouse aged over 25 years is considered as antique dollhouse. Though most of these dollhouses are simple dollhouses that were well preserved by their owners and they became a heritage item over the years, there are many that were once owned by celebrities or were part of collectors’ edition.
The best place to buy an antique dollhouse is a museum auction. Also, many dollhouse manufacturers organize special auction of their antique dollhouse. For example LEGO Museum auctions its antique dollhouse collection through Theriault's Auction House. Most of these auctions guarantee authentic antique dollhouse. Other than these sources, you can get these dollhouses from online antique shops, dollhouse websites and individuals. Though they may give you ample of choices and ability to compare prices, they do not ensure authenticity.
A single antique dollhouse, which wouldn’t have been more than $100 in worth, can cost over a thousand dollars. The price will usually depend on how old and exclusive is the antique dollhouse. An antique dollhouse, better known as “Fruens Vilje” was sold for a whopping $18000. It was a mid-19th century Danish faux half-timbered town house. The Victorian, Gothic, English Tudor and other collector’s edition dollhouses are very popular amongst the dollhouse and miniature enthusiasts who are keen on buying an antique dollhouse.
The antique dollhouse accessories are as invaluable as the dollhouse itself. The hobbyists equally treasure them. These antique accessories not only add value to the antique dollhouse but also lend a real world look to it. From ceramic, porcelain, wooden and metal figurines to little add-ons like antique paper flowers, lighting, flooring, kitchen accessories, dolls, furniture, upholstery, doors and much more, you can just keep adding to your collection of miniature antiques. In fact they can be quite enchanting. However, when you buy accessories, furniture and other add-ons for your antique dollhouse ensure that they fit to the scale of the dollhouse, else they may appear out of place and a forced addition to the collection.