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We'll start with several books of transfers made by Raphael Tuck and Sons in the early part of the 20th century. The first is Sweet Flowers and Blossoms
. Inside the cover are 24 colourful pictures of flowers. On the inside of the cover are instructions for transfering the pictures. The nearest thing we have today are the fake "tattoos" that children can buy and put on their arms but these were used to make pretty pictures in a scrap book, I believe. PRICE: £20.00
MORE TRANSFERS -
This is very similar to the above but called Fruits of Many Lands
. This one contains 18 transfers, somewhat larger than the ones in the book above. PRICE: £20.00
THREE MORE BOOKS OF TRANSFER PICTURES
These three separate books each contain transfers - Faithful Friends
has 18 horses and horsey scenes, Floral Sprays
has 27 flowers and Butterflies and Flowers
has a selection of large and small butterflies and large and small groups of flowers. Each is £10.00
None of the above Transfers has been used but I can't vouch for their still being usable - they are around 100 years old each!
ANOTHER SET OF TRANSFERS
This set of transfers - or decals - comes in an 'envelope' with "DECALCOMANIAS DECALCOMANIES" on the front and, in tiny writing on the back "Printed in Bavaria". There is also a Hamleys label but no maker's name. Inside is a folded sheet containing 42 bunches of flowers in containers such as are seen on the front. Interestingly, the 'envelope' was made by folding a long rectangle in half and sewing along the top and bottom (using a sewing machine, I should think!) PRICE: £20.00
DEAN'S STENCIL BOOK NO. 2
This is a lovely little book of stencils with, inside the cover, illustrations of items you could stencil including curtains, a hat, gorgeous 1920's gloves, a vase etc. The instructions for using the stencils are on the back inside cover. PRICE: £15.00
GREAT SEWING CARDS BY A M DAVIS, LONDON
These cards each have a verse on the front with a picture of children illustrating the rhyme. For instance: "Robert Barnes, fellow fine, Can you shoe this horse o' mine?" 'Ay, good Sir, that I can - As well as any other man!" is illustrated with two little boys and a wooden toy horse. The pictures are all by HGC Marsh Lambert. Each has a series of dark spots which tells a child where its needle goes so that they can do an outline or something even more exciting! One of the pictures is of Mary who had a little lamb and on the back of that one picture is another of flowers in outline. The outlines don't correspond to those on the front and I'm not certain why it is thus marked (unless someone wanted a piece of card to draw on.(?) Altogether I have eleven various pictures - some repeats. If you are interested, I can always let you have further photos. PRICE: £4.00 EACH
LADYBIRD SERIES HARD-BACK PAINTING BOOK
I didn't know that the earliest books in the Ladybird Series were produced around 1915! The small format we know and love started around 1938 and really got going in a big way after the war. This particular book, which shows you butterflies and flowers in colour and gives you outlines of the same to paint is one of those earlier books and could have been published at any time between 1915 and 1938. The book is unused and in lovely condition. It is bigger all round than the later type but hasn't as many pages. PRICE: £45.00
RUBICON BEZIQUE BOOKLETS
Here are three little Rubicon Bezique booklets. The top one is by HP Gibson (the makers of L'Attaque and Dover Patrol). There is no publication date inside but there is an advert for Dover Patrol showing the older box lid. The booklet has eight pages and is in good condition though there are some marks on the front and back covers. PRICE: £3.00
The middle booklet is published by De La Rue and Goodall, written by Prof. Hoffmann (Angelo Lewis) This is a 1930's publication, in excellent condition. PRICE: £3.00
The bottom booklet is by WD&HO Wills and was published in 1930. It has gold-edged pages and is in very good condition aside from a few nicks on the front cover. PRICE: £5.00
WORD MAKING AND WORD TAKING
This set, which comes in its original box, contains loads of letters (capitals) and a stiff card on which are written the rules. I particularly like the lid of the box which has a vaguely art nouveau decoration. There's nothing to say who made this set but it does say "British Manufacture" and "Made in England". PRICE: £10.00
CINDERELLA AS YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN IT!
This is a mid 19th century book from the "New Series of Penny Oil-Coloured Toys". It is a very thin book of four illustrated pages (and four blank pages, because of the way it has been printed and put together). Each of the illustrated pages has a hand-coloured picture at the top and a four line verse at the bottom. [Note: The hand colouring was done by the "stencil" method - the printed picture is covered with a piece of card which has the shape of the item to be coloured cut out of it, then the colour is applied to this hole. This method means loads of pictures can be coloured quite easily by someone trained to do just that!] The back of the book has adverts for other books published by John Cameron of Glasgow. PRICE: £10.00
PETS IN FANCY DRESS
This is a little book in the Dinky series of Walker Toy Books, by Renwick of Otley, Eng. There are only a few pages, some in colour, others in black and white. It was probably published in the early thirties (look at the girl's hair and clothes) and is in quite good condition for a book that is older than I am! The book is held together with staples but the front is trying to remove itself from the back. PRICE: £3.00
TUT-TUT OR A RUN IN A MOTOR CAR
This box contains, as you can see, a deck of cards - each of which has a car and the name of a British city on it. The car is an early (1st quarter of 20th century) luxury car (hubby says Rolls but isn't really sure!) which has a driver and three passengers (as far as can be seen). In the box, also, is a wheel which has arrows pointing to the towns and giving a score or a penalty. I think the idea is to spin the wheel, close the box rapidly, collect four of the same town and then have a look at the arrows to see what your score is. Though they have been well-used, the cards are still in usable condition and the wheel is in very good and readable condition. The box is good though a little grubby on the outside with a bit of rubbing along edges. PRICE: £25.00 SOLD
DICKENS BOOKS BY TUCK
These four little books published by Raphael Tuck in the first half of the twentieth century are abridged editions of four stories by Charles Dickens: Great Expectations (here entitled Little Pip), Barnaby Rudge, Little Dorrit and Oliver Twist.
Though these books could still be given to children to get them interested in reading further, I think they are a little too fragile for everyday use! The staples holding the pages together have rusted and in some places the pages have come away from the staples. Nonetheless, the books are in remarkable condition for paper and, if you have started a collection of these little gems, this little lot would make an admirable addition.
PRICE: £8.00 EACH
"Dainty Series" - Pintail
This 1930's party game has probably only been used once and is in incredibly good condition for something made of cardboard. As you can probably see, the donkey has a few holes in the card where players have guessed his tail would go. There are twelve tails and a small box which, at one time, held 12 drawing pins...there seem to be a couple left. If you are going to have a children's party with old fashioned games, then this is one you can't turn down! And, it comes in its original brown paper envelope with a great picture on the front of little 1930's children playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey. PRICE: £6.00
THE WONDER BOOK FOR LITTLE FOLK!
This is a little sticker book with Nursery Rhymes and stickers relating to them. I believe the book was produced in the 1950's. One of the characters has been cut out but hasn't been applied to the paper and is inside the folded sheet of stickers. It all appears to be in really good condition! PRICE: £4.00
This is from the same maker but is a little more sophisticated! There is a little pocket at the back that holds the cut-outs and a part-sheet of stickers with several which are ready to be applied. Three "Wee Willie Winkie"s have been applied along with three "Humpty Dumpty"s. Though I refer to these books as 'sticker books', in fact one needs to use paste to stick the little scraps to their page. PRICE: £4.00
TEDDY TELLS YOU....
This is a little book used for teaching road safety and published by ROSPA in 1948. This copy is complete but the front cover is coming away from the staples and has a small tear. The remainder of the book is in good condition. PRICE: £2.00