Posts Tagged "Raphael Tuck"

I found this wonderful Raphael Tuck “Father Christmas” book when I was out antiquing today!  It contains beautiful lithographs and is full of holiday spirit.  It has been dearly loved by its previous owner and was probably read many times during the holiday season every year.

Raphael Tuck is one of my favorite Victorian children’s book publishers.  The warm illustrations and rich quality of the lithography are unmatched.  The UNT Library posted the following information about Tuck on their site:

Raphael Tuck was the first of the Germans to begin to make a name for himself in novelty books. He moved from Germany to England as a young man, working initially as a furniture maker. In 1866, he opened a small shop selling and framing pictures and chromolithographs, which were printed mostly in Germany. He also sold materials from a wheelbarrow in the streets of London. 

In 1870, his sons joined him to open a publishing business in London. Their productions included special paper items such as cards, puzzles, and paper dolls. Before Raphael Tuck’s retirement in 1882, he became a British citizen and the official Publisher to Queen Victoria.

The Tuck firm helped to perpetuate Raphael Tuck’s amiable disposition by the publication of children’s books under the title Father Tuck.

I think Frances Brundage may have done the illustrations for this book.  In any case, it is ADORABLE!  It will be listed for sale on EBay tomorrow.  Click the link at the top of the page to my auctions to check out the auction!


“Winsome Winnie” is a lovely paper doll from Raphael Tuck’s 1894 Artistic Series. She has three dresses with matching hats and a patented neck design that enables her clothes to have a perfect fit!

This set of “Winsome Winnie” paper dolls is especially special because it includes nearly 40 handmade crepe paper outfits. The set once belonged to a child named Miss Martha Levan Mussina who lived in Williamsport, PA during its golden age. At one time this small city, nestled in the hills of central Pennsylvania, had more millionaires per capita than any other place in the world due to its booming lumber business. Mussina would later become an artist of note in the area. One can tell by the detail she put into the crepe paper doll clothes that even as a child she showed great talent.

The Original Paper Doll Artists Guild offers this brief history of the Raphael Tuck company’s paper dolls:

Beginning in 1866, Raphael Tuck is perhaps the best known manufacturer of antique paper dolls. The company began “by appointment to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Fine Art Publishers, London,” and soon opened branch offices in New York and Paris. Their first paper doll was a baby with a nursing bottle, patented in 1893. Tuck’s German manufacturing facilities were destroyed by bombing in December 1940 and all records, plates and documents were lost. Tuck dolls are easily identified by the trademark and series name and number on the back of each piece. A trademark style of this company is a set of paper dolls with many costumes and interchangeable heads. Tuck also made “regular” paper dolls. Some of their titles include Sweet Abigail, Winsome Winnie, Bridal Party, My Lady Betty, Prince Charming, the popular Fairy Tale series and many more. Tuck made paper dolls several years into the twentieth century.

I sold this one-of-a-kind set to a buyer in France.  I hope you enjoy the photos!