10” tall including vintage bottle-brush bead decoration
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.
A VERY IMAGINATIVE TAKE ON A FANTASTIC ST. PATTY’S DAY POSTCARD! I love the Victorian theme of this beautiful antique post card (the fabric embossed clothing is amazing) and took extra care to see how I could best turn it into an ornament without loosing any of its charm and beauty. After carefully cutting out and reinforcing the illustration I accented the shape of the horseshoe with antique metallic thread, vintage Dresden paper scallop border, and bright green antique silk chenille. I then added antique tinsel to emphasize the whimsical shamrocks and little lavender angel. For the glass component I found a very old antique unsilvered open umbrella and lengthened it with a vintage free-blown glass icicle with graceful glass loop. Umbrella was then richly adorned with our best gorgeous antique and vintage Dresden papers and edged with antique metallic trims. The results are breathtaking!
Lovingly handcrafted and signed by 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.