I have had this ornament tucked in my collection for over a decade, waiting for just the right treatment. I was also excited to realize that it was most likely a very early version of a Banjo, probably made around 1900. The little spindle bottom and original wired tinsel decorations (which I kept with the ornament) helped me to visualize it as a musical instrument. I found this exquisitely illustrated antique paper die-cut angel; her color and size fit the neck of the ornament perfectly. She was reinforced and backed with antique holly wrapping paper. A trio of antique scrap roses are encircled by elaborately embossed vintage Dresden paper trim, light blue antique silk chenille, and antique metallic loop cording.
Lovingly handcrafted and signed by Gail Giaimo.
THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND ORNAMENT IS MADE ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY WITH ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE MATERIALS to include: glass ornaments from the 1890s to1950s, most of which were made in Germany; colorful Victorian embossed & die-cut paper “scraps” and chromolithographs from postcards and advertising trade cards, made in Europe between the 1870s and 1910; antique and vintage fabric to include chenille, lace, ribbon and metallic trims; antique and vintage tinsel from tree garlands and old-stock German-made Lametta tinsel; gold and silver old-stock Dresden paper trims, crepe paper, foil, gift wrap, spun glass, and other embellishments. Items described as “antique” are dated between 1870 and the early 1900s (prior to WWI). Items described as “vintage” are dated between 1915 (WWI) and the 1950s (mid-century). We also use Dresden trims (only on occasion) and crinkle wire (always used for durability) made more recently in Germany using techniques and equipment that have not changed over the past 150 years.