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Antique Victorian Celluloid Photo Album with Embossed Violets

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This stunning antique, Victorian, Art Nouveau celluloid photo album is a marvelous example of just how beautiful these albums can display and be used.

Antique Victorian celluloid photo album with embossed violets and wintery cottage scene

This particular album really caught my eye with it's bouquet of plum purple embossed violets and accompanying wintery cottage scene.

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Even though my photos are very good, remember that celluloid does reflect a lot of light so you will see reflections in some of the photos, please excuse them. This cottage scene shows the first snow of the winter, looks somewhat wet and heavy, as it has stuck to everything.  The scenery is very beautiful and tranquil, displayed on about 30% of the cover, up in the right hand corner. The plum purple violets are very well defined, with the large  embossed bouquet spanning a good portion of the remaining cover. The brown background has as additional subtle showing of violets in the earth tones. This presentation is quite captivating and should please the lover of violets. The celluloid is in marvelous condition, having a wee nick at the bottom edge and no lifting or peeling of the celluloid, no major problems or significant issues. One of the stems of the violets has a discreet flaw but it is causing no structural problems with the celluloid.


This album is from the late 1800's or very early 1900's. The outer page edges maintain a good showing of gold gilt. The album has it's original brass clasp which has Art Nouveau detailing. The hardware is fairly bright, complete and is in perfect working order. The binding is in solid condition and supports the pages as it should. The outer spine and back cover are layered in Victorian velvet. As shown, there is some occasional wearing of the nap to the edges, as is to be expected. The velvet is in a variety of greens, one being a lime tone and overall, the velvet is in very presentable condition.


The 15 interior pages are in extra nice condition and most pages have a delightful blue floral decoration. The larger photo areas will hold an approx. 4 by 6 inch picture. The 2 back pages will hold smaller photos and are plain is appearance. The interior pages are in exceptional condition, having all of their paper separators and only a couple tears, as is common but usually there is more tearing, really very fine condition for the age and nature of the piece, very hard to find in this condition. 


Notice the leaves are still on the trees, indicating that this is an early winter snowfall. There is also a woman walking along the water's edge, with a basket in her arms, a brave soul to venture out in the cold and snow. She is probably going out to the barn, starting her daily chores and gathering the early morning eggs.  The embossed spiral designs, bordering the left side of the scene, are especially lovely and add a nice elaborate touch to the detailing. This is a rather heavy album and will require 2 hands for carrying. It measures 10 inches top to bottom, 8 side to side and it is 2 inches thick. This is a radiant and glowing antique Victorian celluloid photo album that will excite the lover of violets or the enthusiast of finer celluloid pieces. Please consider adding it to your treasures today or give it as a thoughtful, useful and impressive gift.


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