Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fit for a Queen

For this week's Vintage Thingy Thursday, I wanted to share a recent auction find... This spectacular c. 1840 rhinestone tiara. It's simply stunning, isn't it? I just love the repousse work on the central cartouche. And the stones are without blemish... A perfect piece of history.

This particular crown was buried beneath opera feathers and a fabulous Edwardian velvet hat. What exciting woman owned this early hair accessory? What sort of galas did she attend? These are the questions we ask when thinking about the owner of this rare example.

Unfortunately, all of the "teeth" on the comb have broken off. So, it can no longer be used as a hair piece. But it's just right for an altered jewelry project. Since it already has some damage, it can be given new life with a few simple alterations.

This wonderful antique fashion piece is available in my Etsy shop (which I've been vigorously adding to). Please stop by for unique finds and fantastic treasures!

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