101417 | AUSTRIA. "Little Red Riding Hood" uniface bronze Plaque.

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    101417 | AUSTRIA. "Little Red Riding Hood" uniface bronze Plaque. Issued circa 1910–1920. Fairy tales series (65x50mm, 82.76 g). By K. Perl in Wien (Vienna).

     

    Little Red Riding Hood approaching her grandmother's bed, holding trellis of flowers and having set down a picnic basket with a bottle of wine; in bed, the Big Bad Wolf reclining right, dressed in the grandmother's nightgown and glasses; in exergue, "Rotkäppchen" in calligraphic script. Edge: Plain.

     

    Gem Mint State. Charming matte brown surfaces.

     

    A fairy tale popularized by the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault, "Little Red Riding Hood" centers around a girl off to visit her grandmother and the wolf plotting to devour her. While on the way to her grandmother's house, Red encounters the Big Bad Wolf, who had been secretly stalking her in an attempt to eat her and the basket of food which she was taking to her grandmother. As an act of diversion, he tells her to pick some flowers for her grandmother, thus delaying Red's arrival. The Big Bad Wolf then arrives at the grandmother's house, gains entry by posing as Red, then consumes the grandmother in her bed. When Red eventually arrives, the Big Bad Wolf has donned the grandmother's nightgown and glasses, attempting to hide his appearance. Red continually notices differences in her "grandmother's" appearance, noting her big eyes, hands, and mouth, with the imposter finally revealing his true nature, pouncing upon and devouring Red. The tale served as a reminder to children always to follow instructions and not to waver, as Red had been instructed not to venture off of her course on her way to her grandmother's.

     

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