8 ½” tall, clips to a tree branch with antique candle-clip
This is ornament 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.
This one is truly striking, with over-the-top elaborate detailing throughout. Also, because it is a clip-on ornament, you can showcase it easily between the branches of your tree. I cut this beautiful illustration from an antique St. Patrick’s Day postcard and added curly spun-glass to soften the edges and blend the illustration into the glass spire ornament. Glenn made a “fence” with heavily embossed Dresden paper scallops for me to tuck the scrap into. He set a vintage composition shamrock into each of the three indents and created a circular frame with emerald-green beads, two bands of tiny metallic threads and Dresden paper trims. Glenn added more beautiful vintage papers and antique materials on each of the three sides of the ornament. I added even more trims to the backside of the spire, vertically draped golden crinkle-wire down on either side of our graceful lady, and finished the spire off with a gorgeous old-stock gold tinsel tail.
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.