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Collecting: Vintage Wedding Cake Toppers

Here's another treasure that I sold in my Delightfully Vintage Shoppe (link). Wedding cake toppers are a fun item too collect, and come in a huge variety of styles. Here are a few links to see and read lots about vintage toppers.

Read the very informative article about collecting Wedding Cake Toppers, with history and lots of pix, written by ebay seller "cleopatra*s_boudoir". Excerpted:

"Cake toppers first appeared during the Victorian era... were made of bisque, composition,chalkware or gum paste... in the Edwardian era, all cake topper figure grooms wore or were holding a top hat and were dressed in a black tux with tails. This was a traditional garb seen on toppers well into the 1930s. Starting in the Edwardian era brides wore very close fitting capped veils with long trains, this style was very popular in the entire decade of the 1920s and spilled over into the 1930s... The late 1940s and the early 1950s saw the arrival of hard plastic toppers. Many hard plastic toppers will have satin or lace attached to the skirt of the bride or frilly lace or tulle bows or arches. The grooms no longer have the top hats or wear tails."

Here's a reference book with pix of hundreds of vintage toppers: Vintage Wedding Cake Toppers, by Penny Henderson . The Schiffer Books website description says:

"Vintage Wedding Cake Toppers are a delightful collectible whose popularity is increasing rapidly. The fascinating text provides a history of wedding cakes, bride and groom attire through the decades, and tips for determining the age and value of your vintage toppers. Collectors, romantics, and brides-to-be will all be enchanted by this unique and joyful book. "

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