The extraordinary amount of large and small glass stones which adorn this "royal crown" give it a sumptuous and regal countenance. It originates from a French collection and dates circa 1880.
It is heavy for it's delicate appearance. Crowns with bands and a globe with a cross rising from the top are known as "royal". They were meant to adorn a Santos statue of the Enfant Jesus. Over 165 bezel set glass stones are mounted onto this crown. The bottom band has large oval stones which alternate with a stylized fleur de lis within a pointed arch. The five bands are wide (2 1/2" at the center). Each one has a flower which is formed from a large oval stone with clear stones surrounding. The bands alternate with four fleur de lis, each with a center ruby glass stone (one fleur de lis missing).
The globe represents the world and the cross above it Christ. The cross is double face with red, green and clear glass stones (two stones missing). The crown measures 6 3/4" tall, 3 1/2" diameter at the bottom band, 21" in circumference around the widest point in the middle. The gilding has aged to a deep burnished color The back side of the bands has some verdigris and darkening. There are a slight few missing stones. Please review the photos; the details of the crown are amazing.
It is a spectacular, authentic example from a very lavish period in religious ornamentation.
Antique 19th Century French Gilded Bronze Religious Crown