This item sold on August 30, 2012.
More can be read about Pippa Tree Art Nouveau Garlands here: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2012/short-stories-antique-german-wedding-tiara/
Please note: I am offering this amazing and beautiful Edwardian Art Nouveau tiara at a knock-down price because it is uncleaned and untested! If / when I get around to cleaning and testing it, I will be putting the price up. So if you have been longing for something like this, now is your chance.
About this piece
This is a truly lovely, genuine, original antique silver colored metal Jugendstil (Art Nouveau / Belle Epoque) style German wedding tiara, from 1911. The exact date is known because this item was originally in a frame and has the date written on a little plaque (you will receive this plaque).
It is intricately made from unstamped silver colored metal. I believe it might be pure silver or a silver alloy, but this metal has not been tested so I don't know for certain. There is no stamp anywhere that I can find. I have not had time to clean this tiara properly, which is one of the reasons I am offering it at a super low price (usually these go for a lot more, have a look at the others in my past sales and currently in my store). Really, this is a true bargain for someone (my laziness equals your gain.) It cleans up really well with some silver polish but it does require some effort, sitting with an old tooth-brush and really getting in the crevices. You can also try using a silver dip. It should clean up beautifully and be perfect to wear to a wedding. You might be able to tell that I've worked on cleaning the tiara more than the corsage. Of course, if you are interested in this for collecting or home decor you may prefer not to clean it.
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 embraced the myrtle flower. The Art Nouveau movement in turn was referencing Grecian Goddesses.
The diameter of this little tiara is approximately 5.5 " (14 cm). There is quite a lot of give for different sized heads. It is approximately 3" (7.63 cm) high. The adorable groom's corsage is approximately 3" (7.63cm).
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. This also makes an amazing collector's item or piece of home decor.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
Please be sure to look at the other Art Nouveau and antique wedding accessories in the shop.