Sheffield doll’s house built by World War I soldier fails to sell at auction

Hanson's employee Karl Martin with Peace Villa
Hanson's employee Karl Martin with Peace Villa
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A doll’s house built during World War One by a soldier using materials from Zeppelin bomb sites in Sheffield has failed to sell at auction.

The German doll’s house, called Peace Villa, was put up for auction in Derbyshire almost 100 years after it was constructed in 1916.

It had been hoped that the house would fetch between £1,000 and £1,500.

A spokesman for Hansons Auctioneers, which put the house in the militaria auction, said: “Unfortunately the doll’s house didn’t sell in the end. It’s such a shame.

“We need to speak to the vendor to see if they would like to re-offer it in another auction.”

Mystery surrounds the solider who built the house. All that is known about him is that he was lodging with the Smith family in Sheffield in 1916 and stayed with them for a number of years.

The house was built using materials from Zeppelin bomb sites in the Sheffield Park area, sometime after the first air raid on September 25, 1916.

It was made for the family’s two young daughters, Edith and Florence.

It was passed to another family member when the daughters died within three days of each other in 1998.