Paper doll Frederick William, crown prince of Germany, and family
The paper dolls from the Schreiber series mainly date back to the 19th century. There is hardly anything from that time more interesting than the families of emperors and kings. Therefore, the German ruling house also became a motif. The individual members of the family were drawn with great detail and can be equipped with additional clothes. Understandably, one didn’t go that far as to display the prince in his underwear. Out of respect, the only given choices were to alternatively dress the prince with a hat or with a spiked helmet. More options were given for the crown princess: A variety of hats and gowns, as well as accessories like an umbrella allow the lady to appear in numerous variations. The numbers indicate quite clearly, what the princess is intended to wear. The countesses also were equipped with numerous choices with regard to clothing. The little princes, however, all have to squeeze into their blue-greyish uniforms, the only choice they were given was with regard to head gear. Already as children they were taught to stand at attention.
The figures are often glued with their square base plates to the front of wooden blocks, allowing them to stand. The paper family can also be glued to wooden rods (tooth picks or skewers). These rods can then be put into a bowled filled with sand.
The clothes of the early paper dolls lacked the loops that allowed fixing them to the dolls. However, if you want to, you can easily modify the clothes in such way as to allow their being attached to the dolls. Many times, though, this decorative paper doll is simply hung to the wall as an ornament.