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Hanky Only - Miniature Vanity Items for Doll on Original Card - Early 1900's
This delightful assemblage of miniature doll accessories all relating to the vanity includes a tiny purse, brass clock, comb, perfume bottle, powder puff, hair comb, handkerchief and a towel and two washcloths. A tiny enameled pin or clip holds the towel and, although the back is not visible, it may be useable as a dress or hair clip.
The items are still attached to, and have never been removed from, the 8 1/2" by 5 1/2" card. The cloth items and the purse are stitched to the card and the threads are visible on the back side and are intact. The other items are glued directly to the card.
The blue paper card is decorated around the edge with white lace and embellished with lithographs of daisies and a blue bird.
The tiny purse measures 1 3/4" long (3" including the chain strap) and 1 1/2" wide and is made of black velvet embroidered with a floral bouquet in red, blue and green. Trimmed in dark green braid with a thin tin closure piece (non-functional) and chain. The bottom is stitched to the card so we can't get a good look but it also has embroidery that appears to be done in shades of green.
The alarm clock seems to be heavy for its size and is probably a solid piece of brass. 2 tiny attached legs and bell and a paper face with Roman numerals.
The clip holding the towel measures a mere 1/2" across and 3/8" wide. Enameled in white with a tiny hand painted bouquet of a pink daisy and green leaves.
The tiny powder puff is a ball of lamb's fleece with a mother-of-pearl disc, small loop and blue ribbon attached to the top and measures 5/8" in diameter and about 1/2" tall.
The glass perfume bottle has a foil label and cork stopper and measures 1 1/4" tall by 5/8" wide.
The hair comb measures 3/4" wide, 1" long and the attached bouquet of yellow daisies and tiny bow add another 1/2". The other comb is black plastic with real separated teeth and measures 1 1/8" long and 1/2" wide.
The lovely little cutwork hanky is so cute and looks just like a real one. It is fully hemmed and assembled by hand and the tiny stitching is incredible. Measure 1 1/2" square (folded). Attached with a small blue bow.
The wash cloths are pieces of flannel with raw fringed edges and attached to the card with a blue ribbon. Measure 1 1/4" square.
The towel is a heavier embossed knitted cotton and is folded once and held by the clip. Measures 2 1/2" folded and 2" wide.
All pieces are in remarkable condition with just some slight tanning to the hanky and a small area of chipping on the floral lithograph. The piece was found in an old doll trunk that had been in deep storage until lately and it and all the contents have that vintage aroma that is music to some people's noses but may be offensive to others. This will dissipate some over time but please consider this if you have sensitivities or allergies.
Such a charming display as is or, if dared to be removed from card, lovely accessories for a doll's toilette. Dated to the early part of the 20th Century.
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