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Queen's tiny part in dolls house auction
12:30pm Wednesday 26th September 2012 in News
A tiny autograph book made for a magnificent dolls house that incl-udes the signature of the Queen has emerged for sale.
The 1.5-inch-long book is believed to have been made for Titania’s Palace, a magical model commissioned by Sir Nevile Wilkinson for his daughter in 1907.
Thirty years later, princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were shown the incredible model and photos of the two with it have also turned up along with the autograph book.
The Royals signed the little book with their first names, and dated the entry July 22, 1938.
They took their turn in viewing the palace. At the time, the future Queen was 12-years-old and was clearly taken with the model.
The book and associated ephemera are now being sold at Duke’s auction house in Dorchester .
The over-the-top dolls house was 116 inches long, 19 inches wide and 30 inches high.
The book has gilt scrolled tooling with a central butterfly topped with a crown and it even has a silk bookmark and top quality paper.
It is thought it must have become separated from the palace that is now on display in Denmark.
The tiny book was recently taken to an auction house by a woman from Dorset.
The items are expected to fell for several hundred pounds each.
As well as the signatures of the two princesses the book also has the names of the Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary, who signed it in 1923, and Helena Victoria, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
Deborah Doyle, from Duke’s, said: “A lady brought the little autograph book in to use along with some letters.
“Her aunt was a lady in waiting and worked at the family home.”
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