14” tall x 5” wide; 5/8" opening at base of topper for slender top branch
***Our ornaments are almost exclusively made with vintage and antique materials 1880s-1950 (all colorful die-cut paper illustrations are 120+ years old). Scroll past Special Features for details***
While Glenn and I often collaborate together on our ornaments (like iron sharpening iron), we both had a heavy hand in every detail that went into this rare beauty. First of all, the angel scrap is one of the finest we’ve ever had in our collection. I love to fool the eye with special effects. If you look carefully you will see I added real fabrics to contour the edge of her gown, which created an amazing lifelike effect. You can really tell that she is holding the train of her gown in one arm. Every detail had to be right, from the way we seamlessly applied all the embossed antique gold papers we used throughout, our selection of flowers inside each indent, and how we hung the bells from authentic German-made decorative (steifkantille) wire.
This beautiful red-orange figural glass cello is in excellent condition for its 80+ years. Glenn carefully chose subtle gold Dresden trims and tiny sparkling multi-colored cording to truly showcase the cello and gorgeous walking Father Christmas (also view backside pic). Glenn made clever use of crinkle-wire by creating strings for the cello.
Lovingly handcrafted and signed by both Gail Giaimo and Glenn Giaimo.
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.
Just Imagine, You are Viewing an Ornament made with Materials 60 to 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.