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Antique Nineteenth Century French Santos Crown
This exquisite crown dates from 1860-1870. It comes from Paris.
During the middle of the 19th century in France many rural churches were closed due to lack of funds. The beautiful statues (which were embellished with crowns and ornaments), vestments and church decoration were unceremoniously sold into the marketplace, where they were purchase by collectors and antique dealers.
A beautiful example of a Santos crown, it has three circular shapes which stand out from the metal crown base, giving the effect of three pieces of fine jewelry being attached to the crown. They each have a large clear glass center, with clear and sapphire blue glass stones. The very delicate filagree body of the crown consists of scrolls and dots. There are glass stones in ruby red, clear, emerald green, and citron.
There is a model number (1367/50) stamped on the back band. The crown is interesting when viewed from the back, one can see the extensive amount of fancy scrolling metal work. It measures: 3 1/4" at center front, tapering downward to 1" on either side. The circumference of the band measures 4 3/8" when fastened in the last clasp. It is in very good condition,there is slight bending to the bottom band which is normal with age and use. There are no stones missing.