Please note that this is real, full size antique scrap, not a miniature.
Well, this one is NOT one of my finds! I was showing my grandfather a picture of the miniature Victorian book and he brought me down to his basement to show me these exquisite die cut scrap pictures!
My grandfather was a candy maker and he and used to make the most beautiful things out of candy like roses and hand-woven baskets - all of sparkling, colored candy. He also made something called Panorama Easter Eggs. If you've never seen one of these, it was an egg, made of sugar or chocolate that was hollow. A round hole was left in one end and covered with plastic or glass - if you looked inside the egg, you saw a beautiful scene that looked 3-D filled with pictures of flowers and children playing and all sorts of things!
My grandfather had bought these scrap pictures to use inside the panorama Easter eggs and just gave me the ones he still has. He wasn't sure exactly how old they were, but I think they are from before WWII started - he told me that after the war, these pictures became impossible to find because all of the factories had been bombed during WW II .
This is one of four pieces I have that make up one scrap. The sheet was cut in four when I got it from my grandfather. This sheet has the guitar bunny on the right.
The scrap pictures themselves are absolutely exquisite and the detail in them is amazing. This lot is of three different Easter bunnies! But, very different Easter bunnies than you'd find now - these are a bit scary looking if you ask me! LOL!
There are three rabbits on this piece - the first guy (well, rabbit) is playing a guitar and has pink striped trousers, a bright blue jacket and a red and yellow striped tie. I wonder if he's singing to the lady rabbit wearing a red skirt with a green apron and a polka dot shawl right next to him carrying the Easter basket?
Next to those two rabbits is a bunny dancing and playing a flute. He's wearing a bright red vest with gold buttons and has blue pants. There are three bright yellow Easter chicks in front of the bunnies and a pretty bright yellow flower on the left.
I believe Victorian women and children used to put these into their scrap albums. These are pretty enough to be framed if you're not an ephemera collector !
Whoops! Almost forgot three important pieces of information! The sheet itself measures 6 5/8" wide and 4 5/8" high. Each individual piece is about 4 5/8" high by 2 1/4" wide at the bottom. The sheet is also marked with the initials PZB and has a number on it - #1075 and says: "Printed in Germany".