Remember me telling you in December how blog land has put me in the poor house!! I went by my dear friend Vanna aka *winks* blog delusions of grandeur..And my olden heart stood still and I had to catch my breath...She did this post of these wonderful Wedding Domes and I had seen them but had not a clue what they were..(Len is wishing I still didn't ha ha!!) Told Len I have to have one..he looked at me and asked what I been smoking!! in fact he said all they are is a cloche with some old flowers..
But they are more than that..and I knew I had to get one...Well within 2 weeks I'm in blog land again ( Big mistake) and went to see my Dear friend Richard at " My old Historic House" and he has an esty shop so I'm looking at all his wonderful antiques and I hear something SCREAMING my name...Len tried to put in my ear plugs but it was no late...I had to have it...after all it did scream right off his esty page to my heart!!
Anyway I bought it right then and there!! Now it only took a month to get here...If you want to know why click here...
This huge box has more air mileage on it than I do...In fact it has frequent flyer miles now and it's own zip code...
Richard packed this like a Diamond ring...A box within a box..
Within a box...
Within another box...also tossed in all his Christmas paper, new papers, peanuts,old cardboard , I was hoping I would find my missing sock of 5 years by the time I got through all this packing stuff ha ha!!
Getting to the good stuff!! I was giddy like a school girl by this point!!
Globes De Mariee
These globes (1830-1914) helped to tell the story of the married couple. And were added to over the years. They would've been featured prominently in the couples home.
Usually the mother of the bride would go to the watchmakers or jewelers and pick out the different elements for the globe.Each and every small piece helps to tell the story of the couple.
Which would almost always include the bridal headpiece and might also include photos of the couple or family members such as:
- objects commemorating a death or birth such as a lock of hair
-The bridal bouquet often made of orange wax blossoms which in 1830 marks the advent of artificial flowers (How handy!)
- Emblems of awards ( honorary military medals or other symbolic objects)
Here are some more of the many elements and their meanings.
-The presence of a bird holding a laurel wreath is there to signify that "as the bird makes its nest, the woman builds her family" while a dove expresses the desire for peace in the home.
-Roses = Love
-Ivy or Bindweed reflects attachment of the couple, as the ivy leaf, "I stick or I die. "
- Chestnut Tree Leaves = Links to Others
- Lime leaves to symbolize fidelity.
- Oak leaves, symbolizing strength and love,
- Vine leaves and grapes, symbols of success, abundance.
- Ears of wheat = symbols of fertility.
(They were often presented in 7's representing the 7 days of the week
during which the husband had to work to feed his family.)
- Four-leaf clover, a symbol of good luck.
- Daisy flowers
(The flower that young lovers pluck repeating the well-known verse: He loves me? he loves me not?......)
(Very important to have odd numbered daisies!)
- A handshake is a symbol of union.
-The orange blossom is the symbol of virginity.
- Jasmine is a sign of love voluptuous. Which means I'm thinking of you.
There is symbiology in the mirrors as well:
-The large mirror from the center, often at the bottom symbolizes sincerity and faithfulness.
"The mirror does not lie, it only reflects what he sees."
(Often it was the only mirror that was found in the home.)
-The rectangular mirrors recalled the years that the couple had courted.
-The mirrors in the shape of diamonds or triangles represent the number of children the couple wished to have.
Finally, in the case of remarriage after a period of widowhood, it was customary to replace the crown of orange blossoms (symbol of virginity) with a set of pearls (a symbol of creative femininity )
This Information I took right off of Vanna's Blog..because I'm lazy and a blog thieve ha ha!! *winks* you know you love me girl more than your LV luggage girl ha ha!!
Come to Mama!!
Here she is in all her French finest...I was scared to death to even clean it...afraid I would break the dome...
With the Dome...Ooh I'm so loving this !!
It's just what my Victorian side board has been needing and Len didn't know it ha ha!!
And after all that screaming from Len about old flowers under a cloche..he really does like it.. OK I now need to find me another one!! Told him it looks lonely ha ha!! Of course Len said something about a better pair of ear plugs!!
This is just photos of my Tiffany Chandelier that I wanted to share with Richard...
I found this piece in a collector home in 1981 and took it right off his ceiling ha ha!!
Antique people are nuts they will do anything for a GREAT piece..Now the guy I bought this from did not know it was a Tiffany...Each shade has the tag on it that reads "LCT" Which stands for Louis Comfort Tiffany...He had it for at least 40 years when I got it...He had so much stuff in his house and shop I don't think he knew all he did have..Lucky for me!!Thanks for coming by and seeing my loooong awaited Globe De Mariee...Thanks *winks*
Until next time from my mountain to yours,
I am joining Courtney at " French Country Cottage" and my Dear friend Sherry at " The Charm of Home" Thank you girls for yet another fun party..
Hugs and smiles Gloria