This Art Nouveau label is a superlative example of ephemera on multiple levels. The artistic design and richly saturated colors are impressive on their own without knowing a thing about the company. To be honest, I kept overlooking the C.B.G. initials, too captivated by the deep red "Fabrique Française" and blinded by the gold leaf! For the serious soldier toy collector, C.B.G. needs no explanation. The Paris-based company began making one-of-a-kind military figurines and other children's toys in 1825. In my online research, I found a small version of this label on a tin box marked "Service de Table." So my understanding is that they also made high-end dish sets for girls. This label is blank in the white center. Perhaps it was destined to be on a box of soldiers? The label is just under 10x8 inches. There is a quarter-inch tear at the top, but overall, especially considering its age (early 1900s) this label is super fine condition. Incroyable! (Unbelievable!)
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