MILITARY PAPER TOY - Prise de Sébastopol. Strasbourg, G. Silbermann, imprimeur-libraire. Paris; Blanchard librairie, rue de Richelieu, 73. Circa 1855.
A rare, boxed, juvenile historical paper toy, being a military model game about the Siege of Sebastopol during the Crimean War, consisting of a total of 60 individual, and handcoloured, free-standing model pieces on card, all mounted on wooden stands, including 3 sets of soldiers; with 19 paper figures depicting the French camp headquarters with tents and war equipment including barrels of explosive, trolleys, and stacks of cannon-shot; a series of 21 French paper soldiers (130mm tall), dressed in blue jackets, light blue trousers, including an officer brandishing a sword, and another bearing a French flag decorated by a golden eagle and an "N", (designating Napoleon III) and 2 trumpeters; a group of 10 French soldiers clad in blue jackets with red trousers, including one officer carrying a similar French flag and a soldier with a drum; and 10 French soldiers in dark blue jackets decorated in red, with blue trousers and high black boots, alongside paper figures depicting the French camp headquarters including 3 substantial and impressive striped tents for the officer class, mounted by flags (including one designated "Quartier Général" measuring 260 x 170mm); 2 tents for the use of military commanders (180 x 135mm), 6 further tents for the soldiers (105 x 150mm); and a large slatted wooden hut ("Salle de Police - ici on ne fume pas"), all 60 handcoloured pieces contained within the original pictorial board box (283 x 230 x 48mm) with an onlaid engraved illustration depicting the battle by Ed. Coppin, printed by Gustave Silbermann in Strasbourg; in very nice condition throughout with one series of soldiers fine and a couple of small equipment pieces with only small losses; the box itself expertly, sympathetically, and conservatively restored by one of the leading French restorers of paper toys.
A rare, and remarkable, historical paper toy, apparently unlocated elsewhere, either on the market or in libraries or collections.