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Object ID 1943.033.018
Object Name Furniture, Dollhouse
Collection Dollhouses
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Thomas Starr King & Mrs. E.W. Jackson
Date 1864
Description Miniature Victorian sofa for the McComb dollhouse. The sofa has a heavy, Rococo revival style frame with gilded accents and pale blue silk upholstery. There is a bolster cushion at each end and the upholstery is trimmed in white.
Dimensions H-4 L-8 D-2.625 inches
Owned Henry S. McComb
Provenance This item is part of the original furniture that went with the McComb dollhouse, so called after its original owner, Wilmingtonian Henry S. McComb (1825-1881), who acquired it at the Philadelphia Sanitary Fair which took place in June 1864. McComb brought the dollhouse back to Wilmington and installed it on the third floor of his home at 11th and Market Streets. Upon his death the house passed to his daughter Nellie McComb Winchester and then to her daughters, Mrs. Thomas Starr King and Mrs. E.W. Jackson, who donated it to the Society in 1943.
Subjects Dollhouses
Search Terms McComb Dollhouse
Civil War
Philadelphia Sanitary Fair
Nineteenth Century
Dollhouse Furniture
Rococo Revival
Material Gilded wood; silk upholstery
Place of Origin Philadelphia, PA
Event Philadelphia Sanitary Fair, 1864