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Sunday, June 24, 2012
Favorite Find Of The Weekend
This is my favorite find of the weekend - possibly one of my favorite finds ever! I apologize for so many pictures of one item but I'm trying to figure this out and hoping some of you know something about it and can educate me. The bell jar is clearly fairly modern but there are no markings on it.
The bouquet is made of very intricate, handmade millinery flowers. Some of them are very unusual. The stems are wrapped with something that looks like gauze, not floral tape.
There is some wheat and another dried something in the top. The unknown grain has some glitter on it, although it isn't any kind of glitter I am familiar with.
The ring around the bottom looks a lot like the Victorian post-mortem hair jewelry. There is a closer picture below.
The little fabric base is pleated and machine stitched with very close, tiny stitches. It is hand-gathered and sewn around the top. The sewing needle is still inserted on the edge. Is there some significance to it being left there??
Click this picture bigger for a closer look. The clerk at the thrift store was convinced it was the real thing but I think that is unlikely since there is wire wrapping. I Googled about it and it says hair jewelry is not reproduced because it is too time consuming to make. So what is it then?
The holder looks like bisque. The bouquet is not permanently attached to it. The stems are wrapped in muslin and there are little wads of paper stuffed in around it to keep it in place. The bouquet stands about 10" tall.
When I first spotted it I grabbed it because the price was very right and I wanted the bell jar. I figured I could take the bouquet apart and use the flowers for something else. I know it isn't dignified to talk about what you paid for something but I'm into breaking rules lately so I will just say it. I paid $2.99.
So here is my quandary. I have become enamoured with it and it is staying just the way it is and right here with me. It is kind of wobbly inside the bell jar so unless you tell me I am doing unspeakable and irreversible harm to a great thing, I am going to hot glue in into the bell jar so it doesn't slide around. What do you think?