This is a simply fabulous little CDV photograph of a large family enjoying tea in the garden during the last quarter of the 19th century. The central figures are two children, brother and sister, posed with a dog and a large doll. The children are stylishly dressed for the occasion; a three-piece suit, collar, cuffs and tie, topped by a jaunty hat for the boy, ruffled plaid dress trimmed with lace, striped stockings and multi- strap shoes, narrow hair ribbon and flower accent for the girl. The boy is holding is black and white dog, while his sister cradles her treasured china doll. The 9 adults surrounding the children range in age from early teen to old age, and are fashionably dressed in the latest styles of the era, complete with jewelry, hats, ties, jabots, boutonnieres and hats. The formal tea service includes silver, glass and delicate china, despite the informal garden setting.
This original image dates from the late Victorian Era. It is crisp and clear, printed in sepia tones, and measures approximately 4-1/8 x 2-1/2 inches. It is in very good condition, with some faint age spotting and edge-wear. The details in this image are amazing, providing a peek into childhood and family life over a century ago.
Beautiful dolls. Vintage patterns.
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