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Wedding Crowns - Cyprus, circa 1947 Object Reg. No: SH 910531

Summary:
Alternative Name(s): Stepano

Two wire crowns decorated with white flowers and connected with two lengths of white ribbon. Flowers are made of leather. Made by Mrs Niki Gregory, circa 1947; used circa 1950.

Niki was employed by her auntie who had a shop in Cyprus specialising in wedding accessories. These crowns were made in Cyprus while Niki was waiting to join her future husband in Australia. Generally, these crowns were made of wax and only wealthier women on the island had crowns of suede. According to tradition, the ribbons are signed by the wedding party, but because Niki had no wedding party, the ribbons are unsigned
Description:
Two wire crowns decorated with sheep suede white flowers and connected with two lengths of white ribbon. The flowers are attached by wrapped wire to the ring base which is wrapped by thread.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Niki Gregory, 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 21.00 cm (Height), 58.00 cm (Width), 16.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: ethnic groups, handcrafts, millinery, rites of passage, rituals, trades, weddings
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Weddings
Tertiary Classification: clothing
Maker: Mrs Niki Gregory, Cyprus, circa 1947
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1950 or later

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