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Tracking down Bauder-Pine furniture for the Mansard Victorian

I plan to furnish the Mansard Victorian with as much Bauder-Pine and Cassidy Creations furniture as possible. This means keeping a close eye on eBay, Etsy, and other places where thirty- to forty-year-old half scale miniatures might show up.

(I’ve previously posted about Bauder-Pine furniture here and here, and you can read up on the Cassidy Creations kits I’ve built so far here. I will be building a lot more of them for this house!)

Bauder-Pine produced the Cassidy Creations kits and also sold finished versions. When buying these now, you can tell if it’s a Bauder-Pine piece or a kit finished by someone else from the signature.

I think the part before the year on this one is J McC — Jayne McCormick, who was the main person finishing Bauder-Pine’s kits in the nineties.

A few weeks before Christmas I stumbled across this little cabinet on eBay. Bauder-Pine wasn’t mentioned in the description, but I recognized it as a Cassidy Creations wall cabinet. (I have one set aside for the Mansard Victorian’s bathroom.)

The handwriting on the back of the cabinet doesn’t look like the signatures on my other Bauder-Pine pieces. I showed it to Cathy Miller-Vaughn (Bauder Pine’s current owner) and she said it’s Pat Bauder’s signature. Score!

(Fun story: when the cabinet was shipped out, I kept an eye on the tracking number, and a week later it hadn’t moved from its original location. I was about to contact the seller when she messaged me to say that she’d accidentally sent it to the wrong person! She asked if I wanted to refund the order and forget about it. Not a chance. She sent a shipping label to the person who had received it by mistake, and they sent it on. Thank you, mystery person!)

These days, Bauder Pine mostly sells items that Cathy buys in estates, as well as a small line of new kits. (The Cassidy Creations line was sold off to Kathy Moore, who has since retired.) For several months, I had my eye on this nursery set in the Bauder Pine Etsy store.

I have these same pieces in kit form and was planning to build them, along with a crib, for the Mansard Victorian. But I really liked how these were finished and almost hit the buy button several times.

Then they were gone, as all nice things we don’t buy when we have the chance eventually are, and I asked Cathy if she’d sold them. She wrote back:

The nursery set did sell, about a month ago. It was a set done by Cass Harkins. Cass was a down to earth, funny, sweet woman who cut all the Cassidy kits. I really don’t know how she did it. I would spend time with her at her workshop (the second floor of her home). She was so knowledgeable and could work a scroll saw like no one. She created every jig she needed to mass produce these kits. She would make a gross at a time. She was one of Pat’s workers who stayed in the background and didn’t think anything about what she did for miniatures.

After learning the history, I was disappointed that I hadn’t pulled the trigger — this set would have been perfect in my Bauder-Pine shrine. And then, in an amazing stroke of cosmic synergy, look what showed up on eBay…

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Egg carton quoins

Now that I’ve added 1/2″ of depth to the front of the Mansard Victorian to accommodate the side addition (shown here and here), I need to finish the front edges of those pieces before starting on the inside of the house… which means I need to decide how the house will be finished.

My original idea was to model this house after the real house that the dollhouse is based on, with dark stone and quoins at the corners.

I’m a fan of egg carton stone, but I’ve mostly used it for foundations. It seems bulky for an entire house, compared to the stone on the inspiration house, which is flat and subtle. I also didn’t want my house to be as dark as the original.

As I always do when I’m trying to get ideas for stuff like this, I spent several hours on google looking inspiration. I searched for phrases like “gothic stone house” and “Victorian stone house” and “mansard stone house” and looked at dozens (hundreds?) of pictures.

I can’t remember exactly what search term pulled this one up, but I immediately knew I had a winner.

This is the Emanuel Kahn mansion in Salt Lake City, Utah (more pictures here). The house is now a bed & breakfast with some crazy rooms!

This house caught my eye for several reasons. The egg carton facade won’t be as bulky with bricks as it would with larger stones. The bay window placement is similar (although mine doesn’t have a roof), and the top bay window on this house seems to be a balcony converted into windows, just like mine will be.

The windows coincidentally have the same mullions as the windows I’m using, and the trim under the roof is reminiscent of the trim I picked out to go under my roof.

The Emanuel Kahn house doesn’t have quoins, but its stone trim gives an idea of how quoins will look next to the bricks. And the orangey color of the bricks will go well with the light green paint I’m using inside the house, inspired by these Bauder-Pine furniture pieces.

So now I had to figure out how to make quoins. This front-opening dollhouse originally had two hinged panels, but I removed the hinges and glued the panels together to create one big panel that stands up by itself. The quoins will work better this way, since I don’t have to worry about them interfering with hinges, but they still need to straddle the removable corner.

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Mansard Victorian — more bulking

To accommodate the addition I’m adding to the side of the Mansard Victorian, I had to add 1/2″ of depth to the house. I started by gluing 1/2″ strip wood to the front edges of the house and top edge of the front panel, as described here.

The front panel now sits 1/2″ out from the front of the house, creating a space between the top of the panel and the bottom of the roof. It looks odd since it’s no longer flush with the front panel, and needs some kind of trim to make it seem more deliberate.

This space is 11/16″ tall — slightly too small for 3/4″ molding and slightly bigger than 5/8″ molding — and that height isn’t consistent across the front of the house due to the top of the bay window being not quite level.

Rather than try to cut a piece of wood to fit exactly, I glued on two smaller pieces of strip wood at the top and bottom of the space that needs to be filled. This allowed me to position the bottom piece so it ends right above of the front panel, even though it’s not quite straight. I’ll glue decorative trim on top of these.

The wood wraps around the sides of the house, and the decorative trim will too.

I spent a long time looking for molding that could fit in that space and finally landed on this 5/8″ laser trim by Alessio Miniatures. I ordered it from Earth & Tree and they accidentally sent me the wainscot version of the same trim, which is much bigger!

(Their customer service was great. They sent me the replacement trim along with a prepaid UPS label to return the wainscot pieces.)

Here’s how it will look on the house. I’ll center it on the strip wood pieces, and the paint the 1/32″ crack above and below the trim to match. The design kind of gets lost in the shadow, so I might add another layer of strip wood first, to bump the trim out farther. But I’ll worry about this later, once I’m farther along with the exterior.

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