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February 16, 2011

~Globe De Mariee come to Mama~

Dear Diary:
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...
Just Necked!!

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


Julie Harward said...

You are so funny...thanks for sharing your joy over this dome..it is really beautiful! I don't even look, no money to do much of that but I do love it all too! :D

Honey at 2805 said...

You had me laughing all the way through your post. I'll remember to put my earplugs in before I look at his shop!

Your wedding dome is beautiful, and it's in the hands of someone who loves it. It's just too bad you didn't find that lost sock.

Richard Cottrell said...

Ms. Gloria, I can finally take a breath and sleep at night. I have been a mess since I shipped this dome to you Jan. 18th when my stupid post office did not put the postage on it and then your stupid post office refused it and sent it back to me, where I unpacked it, checked it out and re sent it to you, and you finally got it. I know you thooght I was a crook, I am so happy you are happy and hubby is happy and we all are happy, happy,happy! Looks beautiful in your home. And thanks so much for the nice blog post and mention me and my blog. I just love ya a nd love that you are happy!!! Richard at www.myoldhistorichouse.blogspot.com

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

This is a wonderful piece and well worth waiting for. Thanks for telling us about the history behind the dome and what they represent.

It's perfect for your home. I'm so happy for you.


Ms. Bake-it said...

Gloria you are too cute! Your wedding dome looks beautiful on your Victorian side board.

~ Tracy

Carole Burant said...

A Globe de Mariee...well I must admit it's the very first time I've ever heard of one and I found it so interesting to read all about it and what it represented! I can see why you just had to have it, it's gorgeous and looks perfect on your sideboard:-) Tell Len never mind earplugs, he'll have to put a blindfold on you too so that you don't see any more goodies! lol I know that the dome now has a loving home and that you'll treasure it:-) xoxo

Debbiedoos said...

That my friend was screaming GLORIA, GLORIA, I think I got your number GLORIA!!~ WOW, it looks awesome in your home!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Gloria, yours is fabulous. It is so detailed and so fabulous. I saw that post at Vanna's. Wow, I am so impressed that you found one. Love your chandy also. Stunning. Hugs, Marty

Unknown said...

OMgosh...This is just beautiful. I can't wait to see your next one!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! After all it's travels, it is fortunate it arrived undamaged. It now has a good home. :D

The Charm of Home said...

Those wedding domes are amazing! It does look good on your sideboard!

lvroftiques said...

WHOOHOOOOOO YIPPEEEEEEE!!! Oh girlfriend I'm so happy for you!! I know poor Mr. Richard is breathing a deep sigh of relief! I sure am too! I KNOW how freakin' delicate the glass can be!! And what a beauty it is!!(Sorry Len but she's right, she NEEDS another one!!) Oh and the LV thang? Let's call it a tie Lol! *winks* Girl that chandy is TDF!! Vanna

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Oh My YES! I love your dome. AND how about making your own to go with it... What a clever idea that is. I may just GRAB all the info and see if I can put one together of my family(little tidbits from Grandmothers and mothers and me)maybe we could start a new trend that FUTURE ladies will be DYING TO HAVE, hehe! Oh My Goodness you have the "BEST,BEST,BEST" Treasure ever. That Tiffany light! WOW did you score on that one! "Lucky Lady"! Thank you "SO MUCH" for sharing this post with us... I am LOADED with ideas now...
Hugs to you,

Lindy said...

Too funny ;o)
I love the new accessory - It's too perfect!!!

bj said...

WOW..this is awesome, Gloria. It just looks like something you would love. A wedding dome...oh, it is just beautiful.
I'm glad Len decided he really does like it. :)))
hugs and kisses...

Tootsie said...

well I am glad you got your piece...I was wondering if it ever showed up! That tiffany....well you know what we need to do with that don't ya?
girl...you have the best stuff ever...I am working on that passport next week...so stay tuned...if you get a call that you need to go to vegas...just do it...and don't worry..I'm not at your place looting or anything like that...lol
hugs mom!!! missing you!

Anonymous said...

Gloria this is gorgeous.

I've met Richard, he lives just up the road from me! I don't know if you remember but I toured Richard's Beautiful home and shop and did a blog post. That is one I should replay. Have not visited him in awhile. I need a trip north! I wish you could come to my part of the world...we'd go visit Richard together. You would love it all!

Anonymous said...

Hi Gloria
Back again to let you know I just reposted the tour of Richard's home, I did in 2008.

Divine Theatre said...

You have excellent taste, my friend! I am SO glad you are following me! It makes me feel special!
Richard is such a gentleman, I can't wait to meet him!


Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Golly gee...and Hubs doesn't understand why I keep earplugs by the computer! Heehehehehe!!!

Ya have me rollin' here girl...I'm always 'Happy to Be' here when I pop in.

Not only do ya always crack me up...I start sinnin'! Yep, there I said it and feel better for it. Forgive me Lord by I covet Gloria's beautiful antiques. That Wedding Dome is just to die for girl! Love it!!!

God bless ya and have yourself a 'glorious' day sweetie!!! :o)

Madeline's Album said...

A beautiful find, looks good on your victoria side board. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

It is beautiful and looks perfect in its new home.

The Tuscan Home said...

Gloria, I love it and it looks gorgeous displayed in your home. =) XOXO ~Liz

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh my gosh.. this is incredible. I've never seen anything like it, and wouldn't have know what it was if I had. Thanks for the bit of history to go along with such a treasure. I take it you didn't find your old sock????? Love, love, love the tiffany. It is gorgeous... Thank you darling for always coming by and leaving such kind upbeat comments... hugs ~lynne~

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sis...

Yeeehawww...your Globe de Mariee finally found its way to you! I'm just tickled pink for you, Sis! And...it got to you safe and sound! Wow...I do have to say that Richard sure knows how to pack a box...all to his credit!

Ohhh Sis...youf Globe de Mariee is FRENCHY FABULOUS!!! It's gorgeous!!! I just sat and studied the photo of this beautiful piece (the one that was nekked! Hehe...you're a hoot, Sis!) Ohhh my...it's filled with sooo many beautiful things...such detail! I love the shape of this dome...it's different...unique! It looks absolutely perfect on your Victorian sideboard! I do think it needs a little buddy though! wink! Hehe! Are you searching for another one? I loved reading about how each item symbolizes something special about the couple...that's sooo romantic! Now I'm just wondering who this beautiful Globe de Mariee belonged to? Do you have any ideas? Sis...thank you sooo much for sharing your new treasure...this was such a treat!!! I'm just sooo happy for you, Darlin'!!!

I also enjoyed getting another peek at your Tiffany chandelier...it is magnificent!!! And I love your ceiling medallion too...sooo very pretty!!!

Just read your email and came right over! Was so good hearing from you, Sis!

Love ya,

PS...you were asking about the crystal candelabras. I found them at Macy's...so they aren't antique...but wished they were! They match that pretty cake pedestal plate and dome that I have. Same pattern. Love it!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Congrats on the new dome Gloria! The flowers on it are so pretty! That's so neat to have something with such a wonderful story. You find the most interesting things! Enjoy!

The Charm of Home said...

You that is amazing. I reread it slower on this visit. All the meanings to each piece lovingly cared for and put in it and, no two are alike I am sure. How neat Gloria! Yes, tell Len you need another one and then share it with us. That is really neat. I saw it on Vanna's blog too! Yes, a true antique hunter you are my friend! I have a whole family (of antique hunters)that admires pieces just like this.LOL Thanks for linking up.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Gloria, it's beautiful! I'm glad Richard packed it so well. (Don't tell my husband about the ear plug idea - he doesn't realize that things scream my name!) I don't remember knowing about how you got that Tiffany lamp. The best "stuff" screams your name when you see it. laurie

xinex said...

Your bridal dome is beautiful, Gloria. I am glad you got it in one piece or I know you would cry. You are so funny. Thanks for all the info....Christine

susan said...

Gloria-I have never heard of this but I LOVE that its symbols hold the story of a family. It is beautiful and well worth it! Congrats on your little grandson! We tried to call my mom Gigi but our oldest (first grandchild) changed it to Giggy! I have a feeling our little one will make his own name for me too! Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: Your home is so beautiful. It almost doesn't seem real. It is just amazing. You are a lucky lady. Blessings, Martha

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there Miss Gloria~ what a treasure you have!! It's such a beautiful piece and the history on it is so neat! Glad you found one and are so thrilled with it- it is perfect in your space! Thanks for sharing at my party this week, my friend! Hugs, Courtney

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Just got your comment- yes, we have a bunch of SNOW too and have been without power too! ARGHHH!! I am trying to catch up and visit the party goers as I am sooo far behind!! Stay warm!! Hugs, Courtney

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

First I have to say I LOVE your sense of humor. I smiled and giggled through your whole post. Second, I had never seen a wedding dome before. Those Victorians sure knew how to make interesting displays of momentos. Third, WOW! What a chandelier. (I'm a recovering chandelier-a-holic. I'm down to only 7 now. There was a time when I had 15 up in my little house in CA) Fourth, I didn't know all I had to do not to go broke was put in ear plugs. Thanks for the hint. LOL
I so enjoyed your post.
Patricia :o)

Picket said...

Morning sis...I have never heard of your beautiful 'cloche' wedding dome...I love the shape of it...looks oblong in the pic...that is so neat! That chandelier is gorgeous...poor Len...he should be use to that glazed over 'deer in the headlights' look you get when something calls you! lol lol Love ya sis...hope you have a great week...Picket