First edition of this stylish Victorian paper doll, with four chromolithographed dresses.
Fine in very good plus folder.
"The ultimate paper dolls in both artistry and magnificent color." – Blair and Margaret Whitton
Part of Raphael Tuck & Sons' "Artistic Series" of paper dolls, BELLE OF THE SOUTH was available as a blonde or as a brunette (this copy features the latter). There were also BELLES of the West, Newport, and Saratoga, each with mind-blowingly puffy mutton sleeves, the height of late Victorian fashion. The outfits all feature high necks, which can be slipped under the doll's chin as an additional point of attachment.
Read more: Blair and Margaret Whitton, Collector's Guide to Raphael Tuck & Sons.
London, Paris, New York: Raphael Tuck & Sons, 1894. 10'' x 6'' (box); 9'' x 3.5'' (doll). Original chromolithograph paper doll with four dresses and four hats. In original embossed and gilt pictorial folder. Edgewear and light rubbing and soil to folder, with two tape repairs. Doll with mild foxing; one hat lacking, replaced with duplicate. A vibrant survival.
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