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 .
The scrap pictures themselves are absolutely exquisite. This sheet is of Easter bunnies!
The detail in them is amazing. In the top row, there are two sets of three separate pictures. There's a dapper bunny gentleman all dressed up in his blue suit, yellow vest and pink bow tie with matching pink umbrella. He's carrying a pink satchel full of Easter eggs! Next to him is a country farmer bunny resting in a field of yellow flowers. He's leaning against a biiig blue Easter egg decorated with a matching blue bow. His lavender straw hat is lying next to him. The last bunny in the top row is a lady bunny. She's picking flowers and already has a basketful over her arm!
In the bottom row the first bunny is painting Easter eggs! He's standing on top of a big orange mushroom with eggs all around it and he's just putting the finishing touches on a yellow egg with pink flowers. Next to him is a bunny hugging a huuuge Easter egg - the egg is pink with darker pink flowers, white lace ribbon and a bright yellow bow. The last bunny in this row is wearing a bright orange bandana with yellow polka dots. He's looking at a tiny Easter chick that just hateched out of an egg!
There are 12 pictures in all - two of each of the scenes I described above.
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 9 1/2" wide by and just over 6" high. Each individual piece is about 3" high by 1 1/2" wide. The sheet is also marked with the initials MLP printed in black inside an oval and has a number on it - #920 and says: "Made in England".