8” long by 6” tall, including hanger
In Victorian times it was common to see playful treatments with sacred subjects. Baby Jesus, hand-cut from an antique post card, happily swings from this antique blimp, which has faded to a beautiful silver-pink luster and has its original frosted zigzag design. I kept the colors soft by using vintage embossed Dresden paper in a soft silver, narrow antique silver roping, antique green and silver cording, and antique silk pink flowers, and organza. “Gloria in excelsis deo!” (glory to God in the highest) was cut from the same post card, along with pastel lilies and roses. Antique bump tinsel attaches baby to blimp like a hammock; a beautiful antique tinsel tail sprouts from one end of the dirigible.
Lovingly handcrafted and signed by Gail Giaimo.
THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND ORNAMENT IS MADE ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY 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. Items described as “antique” are dated between 1870 and the early 1900s (prior to WWI). Items described as “vintage” are dated between 1915 (WWI) and the 1950s (mid-century). We also use Dresden trims (only on occasion) and crinkle wire (always used for durability) made more recently in Germany using techniques and equipment that have not changed over the past 150 years.