We are pleased to offer for your buying consideration is an EXTREMELY RARE BOXED SET OF ALL ORIGINAL ANTIQUE MINIATURE CHRISTMAS VICTORIAN DOLL PARTY CRACKERS!
For the avid enthusiasts of antique Christmas NOVELTY ITEMS, or the collector of ANTIQUE DOLLS and their accessory items, all we can say is "WOW!", we really debated parting with these as we have never in all our years of collecting or selling come across a COMPLETE MINIATURE set of these wonderful Victorian party favors ----and probably never will again!
Party crackers are a British tradition dating back to Victorian times when a confectioner started selling sugared almonds, each with a motto and wrapped in a twisted paper package. One day a jet of resin from the confectioners log fire burst into flame with a loud 'crack'. Using this idea he decided to make a log shaped package that would produce a "surprise bang" and inside would be an almond and a motto. It soon became a favorite at parties with toys and hats added to each "cracker", and by the end of the 1800's it was well established as a traditional holiday custom-------can you just IMAGINE your dolls seated around a holiday tea party with one of these FESTIVE FAVORS on their place setting?
This particular set was called the "CORNFLOWER SERIES" as labeled on the inside of the box lid, along with it's contents "Midgets, Containing Pretty Silver Plated Charms, etc."! The outside of the box shows a wonderful LITHOGRAPH PRINT of a beautiful Victorian lady wearing a large picture hat and carrying a bunch of yellow roses; if we had to guess we would say this miniature set was of ENGLISH ORIGIN circa 1900 to 1910! With the exception of very minor age wear to the original box including one torn corner on the lid, it is in EXCELLENT CONDITION and worthy of the TINY TREATS housed inside!
To give you an idea of how small the set is, the box itself measures 7 1/2" long by 4" wide, and is 3/4" thick with the lid on; the actual party favors are a DIMINUTIVE 3" long from end to end! And what special favors they are; there is a complete set of TWELVE CRACKERS, and every one of them is a DELIGHT to behold, in bright vibrant colors of yellow, blue, red, purple and GORGEOUS GILDED paper exteriors with decorative SANTA CAMEO die cuts embellishing the centers! The favors have never been used and are UNTOUCHED by time, with the original silver plated charms still inside!
For scale purposes we have shown the set being modeled by our 13" antique Fashion doll; although we think it would be SPECTACULAR displayed with antique dolls, there is no doubt this set can stand on it's own----it is absolutely MAGNIFICENT!
Whether a collector of ANTIQUE HOLIDAY novelty items or wanting that special accessory for your ANTIQUE DOLLS, even the most SEASONED collector will be THRILLED with this wonderful tiny set!
This EXTREMELY RARE BOXED SET OF ALL ORIGINAL ANTIQUE MINIATURE CHRISTMAS VICTORIAN DOLL PARTY CRACKERS is being offered for the first time on Ruby Lane for your buying consideration--------a TINY TREASURE!
Please note that any doll or accessory items used for display are not included in this offering, unless otherwise specified.
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