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The 6-inch all bisque Groom
# 88 is from the Nancy Ann
Storybook Family Series
available from the late 1930s
into the 1940s.
This close-up shows his
painted bisque features.

Maids of honor have always had important
roles during the event and their responsibilities
included carrying the monetary portion of the
bride's dowry. In earlier times the bridal shower
was a way for the less-well-off bride to collect
dowry money. Instead of throwing bouquets into
the crowd of bridesmaids hoping to catch it to
be the next to marry, in earlier times a shoe was
thrown into the crowd instead.
Bouquets carried by the bridesmaids were more
than just decoration. Fragrant herbs and sometimes
garlic was also carried by the maids and even
flower girls to ward off evil spirits. The traditional
carrying of flowers has been attributed to Queen
Victoria, who carried flowers at her wedding in
1840. Veils acted as masks to ward off evil doers.
So while we joke about bridesmaids and the
odd dresses they are asked to wear, the original
duties were no laughing matter. Tying the knot was
also no easy task for the groom and his men.

Wendy Ann in her crispy mint pink bridesmaid's
gown stands 17-inches tall. She is all original and
was manufactured in the 1940s. Probably a doll
that was displayed and not "played with" she is in
excellent condition as is her outfit.

Cut out 1920s flapper type party place settings that most likely were
from a bridal shower stand up like paper dolls.

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