Adjustable C.1900 THEATRICAL Tiara/Crown - Gilt Metal & Rhinestones!
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AGE: C.1900 or so
ITEM: It's not often you find a theatrical tiara that is adjustable but here I have just such a beauty! More than likely manufactured in France for one of the many production companies in St. Louis at the turn of the century, this gilt (gilded) metal crown features glass rhinestones that are both set in open and close backed settings. The crown is adjustable by means to the two bands being able to be opened wider/closed tighter at the back.
CONDITION: The metal band does show evidence of having been bent as the back is not a "perfect" crescent moon shape. There is one area, at the center, where there is a minor repair and a dot of solder shows rather than a rhinestone. It's hard to spot and I must say was done very cleanly so the effect on the overall look of the crown is minimal. Some stones are bright while others have darkened due to age; metal seems to be dark gold in some places and lighter in others (from use and in the wearing). Just all part of the "vintage patina" process.
METAL CONTENT: Just plain gilt metal or a gilt overlay a silver metal base.
HALLMARKS: None that I can spot.
SIZE: The front design measures 3-1/2" north/south. The entire design of the crown measures about 10" using a fabric tape measure. Again, the crown is adjustable so I'd say one size fits all
FINAL COMMENTS: You just don't find them like this anymore! Priced accordingly!
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