Late 1860s-Early 1870s LITTLE DOLLY VARDEN
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Antique Color Lithographed Paper Doll from Sugg Estate
From a McLaughlin series -Dolly Varden Family Series- we have this interesting baby. It's our guess is it's Little Dolly. As other characters were printed on one side, or their descriptions just don't fit.
Others were Dolly Varden, Dinah Varden and Pompey Varden, two well-dressed black dolls which were packaged together, and printed one side; Clara Louise Kellogg a stage soprano; Tom Thumb's Baby (though Tom Thumb and his wife had no children); The Baby, more of a tot than this baby. Charley Varden was a young teen. There were also storybook characters; Dame Trot and Little Bo Peep published at this time period. Grecian Bend was a oddity as the doll was bent at the hip with arms out like a bunny.
The series is not dated, but the very young looking Miss Kellogg was born in 1842. Even if she was represented at age 20 when her paper doll was made, that would be 1862! Her first operatic role was in New York City, 1861, and she was only 19. So this may tell us our baby is as old as the early 1860s!
This little sweetie may be over 150 years old...at least 135 years old... and still looking pretty bright. That's because of the old way of doing lithography with many layers of colors. Today color printing uses only red, yellow, blue and black. This piece likely has 2-3 shades of red, 2-3 shades of blue, a couple yellows, brown, skin-tone, purple, green, and black making deep, rich coloring. Some prints of this time period in my own collections have 11-12 color separations; separate layers of color plates, one for each color. This I know because the color-chip panels show at the edge of the print.
The clothes are wildly patterned and colored, a little surprising when we might think that folks of the 1870s would be less flamboyant. It all shows up pretty well in our images.
This is a front-back doll with three front-back costumes. It looks like more in the image, but you are seeing both sides of each. The doll is 11 inches tall. Condition is Very Good. The tabs holding the fronts and backs together are incomplete, and there are minor surface flaws. There's an odd rectangle of paper stuck on the yellow and green ruffle of one dress. I've not tried to peel it off. The paper is sturdy and in good condition...not brittle.
If this were more perfect it would sell upwards of $150. I have priced it much lower...and more attainable for a paper doll of this vintage!
There is just this one, so move quickly if you wish to have this wonderful VERY antique paper doll in your collection.
This is just small enough to not cost more to send to foreign addresses than the built-in rates.
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