Dolls Houses Revisited: Triang

It’s been a long time since we wrote anything about dolls houses and as a reader recently mentioned that it would be nice to see some dolls house posts in future I thought I’d do a bit of a catch up post.

First of all I wanted to provide a new link for Dolls’ Houses Past & Present as it is a great resource for dolls house collectors, especially British ones.

We keep our dolls houses in a room which is entirely dedicated to toys. When I first saw photos of the house before we bought it I imagined the dolls houses sitting on the ledge that runs along one wall. Now they do.

Today I thought that I would share some photos of our Triang dolls houses. These were made by Line’s Brothers in the UK. These houses are all in 1:16 scale.

Triang 61

This is our Triang 61, which was the first Triang house Naomi bought. I had the 61 when I was a child and it is the reason that we started to collect Triang houses. This house was produced for many years and the one I used to have was probably from the 1950s but this one is an earlier one circa 1939. It’s quite a small house with a rather odd layout. It has two rooms one downstairs and the whole upper floor is one room. There are no stairs. Downstairs on either side of the living room are a sun porch and a garage. I never understood why they had those rooms but no kitchen or bathroom. I used the sunporch for a kitchen.

I had some boxes of furniture and dolls packed inside the house so I furnished it temporarily for some photos. The occupants and their neighbours posed for photos on the steps.

Naomi’s Triang CEX

The Triang CEX is a house Naomi bought a few years ago. These houses were built between 1959-64. The name CEX is a variation of the Triang 62. The houses built in 1959-61 had white gables while the later ones had blue so this is an early one. The E in the name stands for electrics, the houses could be wired for electric lights and the X is for extras as the houses were produced with built in bathroom fittings.

You may recognise some of the occupants of this house.

Naomi’s Triang 63

This is the largest Triang house we have. Naomi bought it on eBay and had it shipped from the UK. She was very lucky to get it.

The model 63 is a triple fronted “Stockbroker” home. These were built from 1930-33

I love this style of dollshouse but that’s not the only style that Triang produced.

Triang 40

This is Triang’s No. 40 which was produced from 1958-71 by Triang and for a short time by Barclay Securities who bought Triang. These houses have a timber frame and a metal front that opens. The roof was originally made of cardboard but later replaced by plastic. This house has a plastic roof and the decals which were not added until the early 1960s so it is most likely 1963-71. The Triang label is incomplete so it’s a bit hard to date it from that.

In upcoming posts I’ll show our Marx houses and some other ones we have.



  1. Your dolls houses look like a proper little street all next to each other. Toys were so much more lifelike then ( think Barbie’s dream house) Too pink and plastic looking, and pink is my favourite colour. I did have a dolls house as a child. It was given to us by a friend who had grown out of it. I remember it had four rooms and the front slid open. Later I used it for my Pippa dolls although the scale wasn ‘t correct.

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    • I agree. Most toys of the past were made to resemble the real thing as much as possible but modern ones are sylised and girls toys are nearly always pink. I don’t know why manufacturers do that.


  2. Thanks, great post.
    Where is your furniture from and made? Have you come across much that is Australian?
    Loved the Triang 63 styling.. all such fun.

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    • Our furniture is a mixture of brands, mostly Marx, Triang Spot On, Bluebox, Renwal, Barton, Ideal and a few others I can’t think of right now . I have never seen any Australian vintage dollshouse furniture myself. Marx made their dolls houses in their factories in Erie and Girard Pennyslvania,, not sure if they made the furniture there too. Most dolls house furniture was cheaply produced in Hong Kong. A lot is unmarked so I don’t know for sure where it was made. I did a series of posts about our dolls house furniture four or five years ago where I went through all the brands. We haven’t furnished most of the houses yet so we could get it out of storage and I’ll do another if readers would like that.
      Yes I thought that Naomi’s styling of the Triang 63 would give people a laugh. There is a mystery too. I took one lot of pictures but then went back to take another and Scooby Doo was missing. He should have been behind Shaggy. He fell off the ledge so now I have to take the grabber and go and rescue him. He’s probably terrified 🙂


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