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Helene Christmas Angel Tree Topper

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Helene is a very special angel indeed. She was a stand-in for Stella on page 16 of the book, The Christmas Angel. Helene is dressed in a 1920’s flavored party dress made out of Liberty Lawn. The dress features hand tucked scallops along its hem over an underskirt made out of green velveteen. She has a slightly dropped waist encircled by a piece of early 20th century velvet ribbon and fastened by a vintage art deco button. Her wings are crafted from a delicate handkerchief edged in fine crocheted lace, and are wired so that they can be adjusted according to personal taste.

Helene is 13 inches tall, with a 5 inch diameter base and an 11 1/2 inch wing span.

As with all of my angel toppers, Helene comes with a copy of my book, The Christmas Angel.

All of my Angels are crafted using original antique doll heads. These heads were manufactured in the Thuringia area of Germany between 1840 and 1920, an area that was known in its day, for the fine porcelain dolls that it produced. Similar to Stella in my book, The Christmas Angel, these heads were made to be sold to people, who would then take them home and create a body for their new doll. Arms and legs could be purchased as well. Bodies were often made from sawdust stuffed leather or muslin. These particular heads, however, never made it to homes and children. They are seconds, who for various imperfections were tossed aside in large heaps and buried, cast offs of the factory process. They have since been excavated and I was able to procure a large number of them.

I have taken each head and gently cleaned it in preparation for turning it into an angel. Most of the doll head’s imperfections are due to cracked or missing shoulder plates, which I stabilize by attaching to bodies mounted on wire frames. Other than a touch up to their hair color, as sitting buried in the earth for a century or more sometimes caused them to lose some of the black paint, the heads are left as I received them. After mounting them on their covered frames, I then proceed with dressing the Angels. Each Angel is clothed in a dress crafted specifically for that Angel. I view each Angel as a work of art, and create their dresses using antique and vintage laces and linens in combination with fine silks, cottons and wools. While their outfits are largely sewn, I do use some glue in finishing the angels. Since I am working with many materials that are 100 plus years, I find that the glue often provides a bit more stability to the delicate seams and stitches and better preserves the integrity of the original work as well as insuring that the angel will last as an heirloom in your family for the generations to come. All of the Angels are named, numbered and signed, waiting to be brought home to your family.


While originally made to be toys, and indeed loved as such by untold numbers of children, the Christmas Angels are not intended to be played with. They are made of porcelain that if dropped can break and sometimes shatter, which could be dangerous to little fingers. The materials that they are crafted with due to their age are often delicate, and if little fingers try to remove them, they will be destroyed. These angels are works of art to be displayed and enjoyed by gracing treetops not pillowtops.

Helene Christmas Angel Tree Topper

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