Miniature Marvels in Coventry
From a spacious workshop in Coventry, Jeff Mewies 78, has been making incredible dolls houses and miniatures for some remarkable clients including the Sultan of Brunei and the godfather or Princess Caroline for her palace in Monaco!
Jeff has been making his miniatures for over 25 years and began when looking for something to do in the day when working nights in the building trade. His talent for all things scaled down was spotted by the proprietor of The Singing Tree, one of the leading doll house shops in London (since closed due to retirement). It was not long before he left the building trade to channel his skills into making doll houses for a living.
It was through The Singing Tree that Jeff made houses for the two wives of the Sultan of Brunei and for Princess Caroline of Monaco as well as houses sent all over the world from Pittsburgh to France, Italy, Australia and Japan. His houses cost anything from £270 to several thousand pounds.
His creations have also made it onto our TV screens with one of them shown in the title sequence of the BBC programme Homefront with a Dalmatian running round the back of the house and on a BBC antiques show.
Jeff commented, “I’ve always made models since I was young and never really intended to make a living from it...I’ll not stop till the eyes, hands and legs stop working!”
He has recently made a 6” model of his local to display on their wall but doesn’t make that many doll houses now. His main focus is on miniature 1/12th scale kitchen items from sinks to copper pots and pans and Victorian ranges.