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RARE Lady with Bonnet and Poinsettias on Tall Cylinder Candy Container
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Victorian Lady on Cylinder Candy Container
Antique One-of-a-Kind Ornament
7" tall excluding hanger, OPENS FROM THE TOP; fits nicely between branches on any sized tree.
We had this rare paper sheet, marked “G.A.F. Gentzch Phila, PA” (a paper box maker), for over a decade in our personal collection. It was originally made to cover chocolate boxes and was most likely from the 1920s. We decided to make it into a cylindrical candy container and custom-designed a box perfectly suited for this lovely girl with the fabulous poinsettia and holly background. The tall cylinder shape and the way it opens is reminiscent of the very popular talcum powder containers of that era. Every square inch of paper was used to cover the cylinder, with enough to spare for the top and bottom sides! Hand-made and signed by Gail Giaimo
BACKGROUND ON CANDY CONTAINERS
This ornament was inspired by original candy container decorations that were especially popular on Christmas trees during Victorian times. Candy containers of all shapes and sizes were hung on trees by middle-class Victorian families and little treats were tucked inside of them on Christmas Eve for children to find in the morning. Some were home-made by the families themselves; many were made in Germany and later in Japan and America by cleverly incorporating their designs onto pre-made chocolate boxes, match boxes (both round and rectangular), and cardboard molded round ornaments that were covered with paper, foil, or glitter – to name a few of the incredible variety and shapes that were employed.
THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND ORNAMENT is made almost exclusively with antique and early vintage materials, including old glass ornament(s) with beautiful patina; detailed German made embossed scrap(s) and chromolithographs (most of them predate the 1900s and are meticulously backed with early papers and/or old tinsel); a variety of old fabric to include chenille, lace, ribbon and metallic trims; old decorative tinsel (most of which is from old tree garlands); and old papers of all kinds, including lovely old-stock Dresden paper trims, crepe paper, old foil, gift wrap, and other embellishments. The exceptions to the exclusive use of old materials are as follows: 1) occasionally we use newer Dresden paper made in Germany that has been embossed and stamped with antique equipment; 2) Our high-quality gold and silver crinkle-wire is made in Germany with antique equipment.
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