ANTIQUES Roadshow presenter Lars Tharp was the star guest for the unveiling of a plaque in Grantham on Saturday.
Mr Tharp was given the honour of unveiling the Grantham Civic Society blue plaque, erected for Grantham-born doll-maker Madame Montanari.
The plaque has been installed in Avenue Road, where Madame Montanari grew up. Courtney Finn of Grantham Civic Society led the unveiling which, despite poor weather, was well-attended.
Mr Finn said: “This apartment was he site of 9 Avenue Road where the Daltons lived for a while. Madame Montanari was born Charlotte Augusta Dalton.
“Her mother and father kept the old Nag’s Head pub up the road which is now gone.
“She went off to London and married the exotically named Corsican Napoleon Montanari. They were married and he made the wax dolls while she made the costumes.”
Madame Montanari won a gold medal at the Great Exhibition in 1851 and it is believed she supplied a doll for Queen Victoria. Mr Tharp also spoke on Madam Montanari and the importance of dolls at the time.
He said: “These dolls became a model for how young girls were expected to live their lives. They were a practice for looking after their own children.
“It is all incredibly poignant because throughout that period child mortality was pretty high.”