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Victorian glass dome holding wedding mementos. Item 0841.
This glass dome, or shade, is a rare survivor and holds the mementos from a late Victorian wedding. It would have taken pride of place on a mantlepiece, or perhaps a chest of drawers. It stands 430mm high and is 300mm across the ebonised wooden base. The bride’s silk headdress sits on a buttoned cushion of red velvet, held in a gilt brass frame. Surrounding the cushion are gilt brass good luck tokens-oak leaves and acorns denoting strength and longevity, the bluebird of happiness and daisies. The single mirror indicates that the engagement prior to the wedding had been for one year. The winged cherub holding a shoe-another good luck symbol-would have come from the wedding cake. The whole piece is in excellent condition and would date from around 1880-90.