Queen Mary wasn’t the only person to own an opulent dolls’ house. A young lady named Amy Miles’ owned this highly-detailed model which was built for her in 1890. The toymaker took great pains to make sure the house was as up-to-date as any real home in London. With electricity, a telephone, a carpet sweeper and running hot and cold water, this dolls’ house is a fairly accurate representation of the technology and standard of living of a well-to-do London family of the period.
The house features a billiards room, a nursery and formal reception rooms which were modeled on the Miles family home. At one point, there was even an artists’ studio set-up in the attic above the bathroom, however this was lost when the house was damaged during World War II. The Miles family loaned the dolls’ house to the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1915, making a gift of the house in 1921.
Here’s a Quicktime video of the second floor parlor of the dolls’ house which gives you a sense of the proportion of the rooms. It’s quite interesting, if not mildly disturbing, since it loops and the dolls just go on and on and on forever.