Victoria, The Enduring Legacy of Lady Alexander

 
9780615965550: Victoria, The Enduring Legacy of Lady Alexander

Complete with her own history and retaining her original extensive wardrobe, Victoria is a rarity in the world of antique dolls. Companion to a little girl named Carrie Louise Schiff, who grew up to become Lady Alexander of Faversham, Kent, England, Victoria traveled the world and comes down to us with an astonishing provenance. Not only does Victoria possess beautiful and well-preserved original consumes made by Parisienne couturiers in the exuberant style of the 1870s, her body is the seldom found blown leather example from the French doll manufacturer Pierre Victor Clément. This body was an extraordinary invention for the period, and has stood up admirably to the test of time. Many dolls have been used for philanthropic efforts throughout the years, and Victoria is one such doll. Lady Alexander generously donated Victoria and all her possessions as a fundraising raffle during Red Cross Week in 1943, which contributed greatly to the charitable efforts of the town of Faversham during World War II. Victoria's fascinating story is told through family research, contemporary fashion plates, art, and color photographs of her wardrobe and many accessories. A pattern of Victoria's marvelous riding costume is included. Victoria proves the value of research and preservation of the treasures of our past.

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