12 1/2” Tall x 12 1/2” Wide
***Our ornaments are almost exclusively made with vintage and antique materials 1880s-1950 (all colorful die-cut paper illustrations are 120+ years old). Scroll past Special Features for details***
AN AMAZING ORNAMENT FOR A COLLECTOR! Truly one of the most beautiful ladies we’ve ever seen, she comes from a large advertising trade-card from the 1800’s created by D. Crawford & Co. (see back of the wreath; this was originally part of the original illustration that I cut away from the lady’s bodice). The best way to do this beautiful illustration justice was to incorporate her into a wreath for displaying on a wall or mantle. I found a mid-century chenille covered cardboard Christmas wreath the right size for the lady and added my best antique laces. If you look carefully, you will see the inner ruffled lace has actually been embroidered with green silk thread. Vintage French ribbon-work in pale lavender and pink threads it’s way around the wreath, along with silver Dresden paper chevron border, antique glass lavender beads, soft green chenille and antique gold cording. Light green vintage crepe paper with nice age shows through the transparent lace, and light green vintage cellophane provides a soft glow. Also on the back of the wreath I decorated the back-side of her head with Victorian scrap ferns and a sweet motto that reads “would that this garland fair, Might weave around thy life, A spell to shield from care, A guard from every strife".
Lovingly handcrafted and signed by Gail Giaimo.
Our Signature Style - To Make an Ornament for You that Lasts for Generations! You will know you have a ultra-custom Dresden Star Work of Art because we sign and date each and every ornament, as well as add our gold hang tag with your specific ornament’s unique one-of-a-kind inventory number on it. You will receive your ornament gently packed between layers of tissue paper in a beautiful embossed gold box with care and handling instructions. With over 15 years of experience, we are expert at wire-wrapping each ornament to help protect it against accidental breakage (just like those smart Victorians). We take extra time and pains to meticulously back every scrap to cardstock and old-stock papers to protect these beautiful and fragile illustrations so they will last for generations to come.
Just Imagine, You are Viewing an Ornament made with Materials 60 to 150 Years Old! Dresden Star Ornaments are almost exclusively made 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.
Since many of our creations contain glass ornaments that are as much as 120 years old, the condition and patina will vary, which this is part of their vintage one-of-a-kind charm and character. Items described as “antique” are dated between the 1870s and 1920. Items described as “vintage” are dated between the 1920s and the 1950s (mid-century). We also use newer Dresden trims (on occasion) and crinkle wire (to wire-wrap ornaments for durability) made more recently in Germany using techniques and equipment that have not changed over the past 150 years.