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This 10 ½-inch x 8 ½-inch French papier-mache shoulder
head has a key-wound mechanical body on wheels. She is
unmarked but attributed to Theroude, circa 1850s. Although I
have not seen her operate, I assume she moves forward when
wound and raises and lowers her wooden arms. Dressed in
a simple ivory-colored silk gown, the long-sleeved bodice
is fitted to the waist and has a gathered skirt full enough to
envelop her mechanism. Her skirt is fronted by tucks and ivory
colored celluloid roses accent the tucks, shoulders and form
her bouquet. She has a simple net veil with a gilt crown and
wax blossoms. She carries a pearl rosary.

blossoms (those being a "successful" symbol of
fertility as her nine children would seem to attest).
Prince Albert himself showed off nicely-turned calves
in his military-styled attire.
At the time, white--which was at the time
considered a color of mourning--wasn't usually
chosen for bridal attire. Women wore all sorts of
colors before Victoria. For one thing, white was
almost impossible to keep clean by hand and bridegowns were often re-worn many times in a woman's
life, altered to one's later size or fashion. Only the
wealthy could afford the use of white but, after
Victoria's wedding, everybody wanted to wear it.
The wedding garnered a great deal of press
attention. An engraving of the popular bridal couple
was featured in newspapers, as photography was still

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