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Reserved for Dennis – Victorian Topper with Twin Angels holding Candle and Cathedral “Glass” Columns

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    17" tall; 1” opening at base of cone; cathedral windows and starburst lights up when tree lights are positioned on the top branches



    Dennis desired a unique and dramatic tree topper for the 14 to 16 foot grand fir trees he brings into his home every Christmas. When I found this beautiful die-cut candle held up by two angels surrounded by fir branches and wreathed in forget-me-nots, I knew this was the topper for Dennis!!! When he saw my concept for his grand topper he asked me if I could find a way to make the candle look like it is glowing so it would sparkle and dazzle as the crowning glory of his tree. I selected a 100 year-old bridal veil decoration made with dozens of pearlized wax flowers to frame the candle. The heavy bowers of flowers needed good support so I used 4-sided Dresden paper window panes on either side of the topper to support the scrap and the arch. That gave me the idea to add vintage cellophane window panes in green, pink and yellow, so that when lights are placed on the branches immediately below, the cathedral glass would light from the inside on all sides. I added reflective material on the back of the candle and added layers of tinsel in a star shape plus a gold foil Dresden starburst so that lights placed on the top back branches would shine upward into the center of the topper so the candle would truly glow. I also added a fragment of amber glass to catch light in the center of the candle’s flame. A very sturdy cardboard tube richly decorated with antique paper trimmings adds the much needed support to the scrap angels.

    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.



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