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Tiny Cottages: Lilliput Lane Collectible Miniatures

Tiny Cottages: Lilliput Lane Collectible Miniatures
Lilliput Lane is a British company that has been producing realistic miniatures of popular countryside cottages for 34 years. The company was founded by David Tate, who sought to immortalize British vernacular architecture in the form of small collectible houses. The first series consisted of 14 miniatures, which quickly gained popularity, although at that time the little-known company did not even have its own name. Over the course of several years, a whole club was formed, at one point numbering over 50 thousand collectors around the world.


Lilliput Lane was approached by The Walt Disney Company and the collaboration resulted in themed models of buildings built at Disneyland. In 1995, Fire Station 501, which corresponded to a real structure in an amusement park, went on sale. Another famous miniature is the 1997 Haunted House, which also became one of the most coveted pieces. Every year Lilliput Lane presented a new joint project, and since the circulation was small, the miniatures immediately sold out.


In 1997, Lilliput Lane was acquired by the American company Enesco, but David Tate remained unchanged as head of production processes. The production of houses continued until 2016. Then Enesco announced the closure of the enterprise, which at that time was based in the Scottish city of Langholm. A year later, David Tate died of cancer, leaving behind a significant legacy for miniature collectors.

Sources:
worldcollectorsnet.com

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