Dressed in Paul Bunyan garb, this doll was made about 1935 by artists in the Works Progress Administration (WPA). It was labeled "Minnesota Lumberjack W887 Craftsmen." WPA dolls were used in department store displays and as visual aids in elementary schools.
Made in Germany, this elaborate doll house was sold in the FAO Schwarz high-end toy store in New York City. A German coin was found in the base when it was removed from this doll house, possibly placed there originally for good luck.
Coleman Dollhouse from about 1865, made for a rich iron baron in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Made of wood, it is painted with a sand paint to mimic stone. Because metal piping was found in it, curators believe it had gas lighting.
Brig Argus by Lloyd McCaffery. The actual brig participated in the War of 1812 and was captured by HMS Pelican in 1813. One inch in this model represents 16 feet in full-scale. It is cut away to show the ship's interior detail.