Name: Duke and Duchess of Windsor
Maker: unknown-likely artist dolls- Elsie Krug ?
Description: Another Royal wedding is in the works!!
I would like to say these are one of a kind, but a woman who had
an "Everything Royal" shop for 25 years had never seen any
other Duke and Duchess of Windsor dolls. Her set were the first dolls
of the Duke and Duchess of Wndsor of this type she had ever seen.
So, there are at least two sets.
As you will recall, King Edward VIII gave up the throne of England
in 1936 to marry twice divorced Wallis Simpson. Edward's abdication
made way for the future King George VI, father of Queen Elizabeth
II, current Queen of England. Had Edward not married Wallis, the course
of history most assuredly would have been different and we would have
never known the late Princess Diana. Her set was purchased from a
man who said his grandmother had worked for the Duchess in Paris after
the death of Edward. She was told the dolls were given to the Duchess
by the maker and the clothes were supposedly made from fabric from
the Duke and Duchess. The dolls faces are a composition with fabric
Research had been done at Christie's, Sotheby's and Bonhams who have
specialists in royal memorabilia. They had never seen these dolls,
nor could we find any information in the dozens of doll books they
have in their reference departments. The dolls are 11 inches from
head to toe.
The dolls are in excellent condition. They are wrapped with archival
paper used to protect the clothing from deteriorating.
Both are dressed in their wedding day finery. Edward (David as he
was called in the family) in tails. The Duchess is in a replica of
her slipper satin wedding dress. The periwinkle has mellowed to a
nice shade of lavender. They even have typewritten wrist tags identifying
them. I wish I knew more about their provenance to share.