7 1/2” tall x 7” wide
***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***
I’ve always had a passion for the antique hand-made paper decorations. Even though our customers seem to be most attracted to our glass creations, paper (as well as cotton-batting and candy containers) holds a very special place on the Victorian-inspired tree, giving it a magical depth it wouldn’t have otherwise.
This creation is made from an original homemade decoration from prior to the turn of the 19th century. These are called “scrap and tinsel” decorations and mainly consist of a die-cut paper illustration (or scrap) backed with sparkling tinsel and decorative tinsel wire fashioned in graceful loops around the ornament. I started the transformation by adding my own Dresden paper halo and Dresden stars along the sides. Then I created skirts for each angel, matching the colors of their dresses with my stash of old-stock Dennison papers. One angel has a soft blue skirt, gold paper border and gold star field. The other angel has a warm ivory skirt with lace ruffle edged with red and gold tinsel borders and a red sash that is tied together with a bow on the backside of the ornament (see photo). Red bells with real glass clappers ring in Christmas as the angels sing.
Lovingly handcrafted and signed by Gail 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.