This item sold on June 8, 2012.
The exact date is known because this tiara and corsage came in a case with a plaque with another silver garland and corsage, obviously from the same marriage. The plaque states that the date of the silver wedding anniversary was on 1911 (in German tradition this was the 25th anniversary), therefore the 50th, gold anniversary, would have been 25 years after that in 1936. (The plaque does not come with this tiara, it will come with the 1911 Silver tiara, which is currently being cleaned and tested for silver content and will be in a separate listing).
This 1936 tiara and corsage is intricately made from unstamped gold colored metal. The diameter of the tiara is approximately 7" from end to end. There is quite a lot of give for different sized heads. It is approximately 2.7" high. The tiara appears tiny, almost as though for a child, but when placed on the head of a grown woman it looks perfect, sitting above the crown so merrily or it is also truly lovely when when at the front of the head, at the top of the forehead. It can easily be attached with two bobby pins. The adorable groom's corsage is approximately 2.3"
The flowers are myrtle flowers, long associated with the Greek goddess Aphrodite, love and immortality. It is also the Hebrew symbol of marriage. Garlands of myrtle flowers have been worn in weddings at least since ancient Roman times. Popular in the medieval era, the Victorians really loved the myrtle flower and also loved to wear garlands of myrtle at their weddings. The Art Nouveau movement, still referenced in 1936 in this nostalgic item, embraced the myrtle flower. The Art Nouveau movement was in turn referencing Grecian Goddesses.
This is something truly beautiful and rare, suitable for a rare wedding. It reminds me of something an Elven Princess and her Prince would wear. This is an heirloom to keep and treasure in the family for generations to come.
The piece has been professionally cleaned by a jeweler and appears in perfect condition with just a few very unnoticeable places where the plating has worn off. It will be sent by registered mail, with a tracking number.
Please be sure to look at the other Art Nouveau Wedding Tiaras in the shop.