Finding a Holy Grail miniature

by brae  

I'm sure every miniaturist has a Holy Grail or two...I'd say I have roughly a dozen.  These are miniatures we long for but cannot find, or perhaps afford.  I searched extensively for this metal trash can, and now I have one in my collection.  :D

It has the perfect metallic finish and ribbed detailing.  There is no maker's mark, and it came from an estate without any additional information.

I've seen this item only once in the book Dolls' House Shopkeeper by Lionel and Ann Barnard.  Excellent book, by the way.  So, one Holy Grail down!

I will not be altering this item in any way, so it might be too clean for the barn.  But, the Brownstone has that fancy trash nook.  :]

The other item I've acquired recently already has the aging in place.  You can find these old gas pumps easily and in a number of scales, but they look new.  I could have done the aging, but this saves me the time.  :D


Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

Fabulous finds!

08/04/15 @ 17:49
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]

They’re stunning! I’m doing a happy dance for you.

08/04/15 @ 17:59
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

Those are amazing!

08/04/15 @ 20:00
Comment from: BunnyD [Visitor]

Great trash can!

08/04/15 @ 20:04
Comment from: BunnyD [Visitor]

What lovely workmanship on the trash can! Great find.

08/05/15 @ 01:42
Comment from: Nancy Enge [Visitor]

How delightful!

08/05/15 @ 16:33
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]

Totally get the Holy Grail thing. I expect when I’m too old to care that every possible thing will be made in miniature but until then, I’ll live vicariously through you and your fabulous finds =0)

08/06/15 @ 06:00
Comment from: Betsy Rogers [Visitor]

Wow!!! You are the most Amazing Shopper!!! And I guess you must have a little luck on your side too…. you found it in an Estate sale! It sure does look like the Real Thing…. Before the Raccoons have gotten into it! LOL!

08/06/15 @ 18:07
Comment from: brae [Member]

A couple of people have written to me to say the dustbin/trash can is likely by Ken Ketteridge. He has since passed and I was able to find very little about him online.

08/10/15 @ 14:07
Comment from: Sue UK [Visitor]  


I have 1 of the very few Ken Ketteridge dolls houses it was made in 70/80s.
Ken was well known for his very realistic metal white goods, he also made a few commissions such as proper working outside window awnings.
Ken used to sell his goods through doll house shops.
He died early last year (I believe) from complications arising from an operation.
His was a sad loss to the dolls house world!


09/04/16 @ 18:04
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks, Sue! He sounds like a gifted miniaturist all around. :yes:

09/05/16 @ 20:29

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