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 that 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 has nine English couples all together - six different ones.
I've been trying to figure out what era the costumes are - my best guess is Baroque or Colonial . The scrap has a glossy finish and wonderful embossing as well as brilliant colors.
There are ladies with parasols, in bonnets, dancing and sitting. Each lady has a gentleman with her, some wearing wondrful powdered wigs!
These are pretty enough to be framed if you're not an ephemera collector or would make absolutely adorable and unique paper dolls !
The sheet measures 9 1/4" high and 6 3/4" wide. Each couple is about 3" high x 2 1/4" wide at the bottom of her ruffled gown. This sheet was imported from England. It's marked MLP printed in blue inside an oval as the company name and is also marked with the #777.