6 ½” tall
This sailing vessel is part of a rare set of Irish-themed ornaments that Glenn and I made together in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. These Celtic-inspired ornaments are dear to our hearts because so many Victorian era subjects signifying good luck - like shamrocks, horseshoes, and harps (“Erin go Brah” Ireland forever) - were ever popular on the tree at Christmastime. Sailing ship themes, like this ornament, were also very poignant for the Irish, representing their exodus from Ireland for a better life in America.
Glenn had the challenging task of supporting this delicate antique Victorian era scrap sailing ship; he reinforced it with more paper and carefully cut around all the irregular shapes, including the open areas between mast, rigging and sails. He had the bright idea to put light green vintage cellophane behind all those delicate die-cut shapes, which added tremendous depth. I selected a sleek schooner-shaped teardrop ornament and added our best antique Dresden papers, antique metallic cording, and rare tiny Dresden paper railing. The addition of curly spun-glass adds tremendous movement to the waves and crinkle-wire majestically drapes down from the center of the vintage glass pike “mast” to create the realistic effect of rigging. This ornament was hard to part with so we hope it goes to a good home!
Lovingly handcrafted and signed by Glenn and Gail Giaimo.
JUST IMAGINE, YOU ARE VIEWING AN ORNAMENT MADE WITH MATERIALS BETWEEN 60 AND 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.
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.