Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My "Holy Grail" find of an Antique Wedding Shadow Box!


As many of you know, my main obsession/hobby is to collect antique wedding anything! I have cake toppers, I have tons of wedding cabinet photos and even marriage certificates. SO!,I had to share with you my favorite purchase of all time. To me this is the "Holy Grail" of vintage wedding items. It's a wedding shadow box from the 1910s? I'm guessing the age just by the looks of the age of the photograph. I found this at the entrance to the Junk Gypsy booth in Round Top this past March. I almost tripped my friend Charlene to get to it first. Although being the great friend that she is, she demanded that I buy it on the spot! So....I did!

I have tried to find the history behind these shadow boxes without much luck. I assume they were just a way to preserve the wedding photo, the veil and sometimes part of the bridal bouquet. I haven't found the perfect spot yet, I assume it will go in "my room" but it's just so pretty I wish I had a way to display it better. So my partners in crime out there in blog land, if you ever see one of these as you're walking through an antique shop or cleaning out your grandmother's attic ,
please contact me!

13 comments:

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Great find Cindy, I'm so pleased for you, I'm sure you will find just the perfect spot to display it! Hugs and Hoppy Easter!! Marilou

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Cindy,

That is one cool shadow box!
Great find...

Pink Sparkles for your day,
Stephanie ♥

Charlene said...

IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooo YOU!!!!!! And you HAD TO HAVE IT!!!!! I know it will be the top of your collection! Enjoy sweet friends. Hope you are feeling better. Today is THE DAY for keeping the kids... OH NO!!!!!!!! I will need more than Calgon before this day is over. HUGS!
Charlene

Sweet Old Vintage said...

This is a stunning piece... I popped over from Dawn's when you told her you had something she just had to see... i thought I had to see it also and so glad you did... You just may have to take something down to make a special place of honor for this one as it is quite striking... Easter wishes and blessings sent your way....

susie said...

Oh you LUCKY LITTLE TEXAS GIRL!!! I saw that in the JG's booth & took pictures of it & fell in love & now I get to find out you have it!!!!
Yipppeeeee, now I can see it everytime I come to your house, which i expect to be often!!!
It is PERFECT for you my friend, I can't imagine this amazing piece in other place then in your lovely home. And it gets to live with someone who adores vintage wedding anything.
I'm so glad you bought that Cin...I can't wait to see it again!
Hugs,
Susie

Vintage Green said...

Great find! I probably would have "almost tripped" a friend to get to that as well. I have collected wedding photos for years, but have yet to find anything that lovely. So happy for you!!

Gayle

Karen Valentine said...

Girlfriend, it is FABULOUS!!! And just as Charlene said. It is sooo you!!! I love it when I find that one amazing piece that I never knew I wanted!!! It is like finding the holy grail!! Yeah for you!!! Have fun displaying it and if I ever read or hear about them I will surely let you know!
xo,
Karen

Rhonda said...

Love Love Love your blog!!! You went to Round Top, you lucky girl. One year I will make it!!!
Your shadow box is absolutely dreamy.
Glad we found each other, Rhonda

Debby at Romancing The Bling said...

Oh sweetie, I love your blog! It is so beautiful!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind words regarding my jewelry! I would love to design a pocket watch necklace in the vintage bridal theme ~ using vintage jewels. I am deeply flattered and so happy you enjoyed the publication! Email me and we'll work on it together! debby44sf@yahoo.com
Don't you just love our friend Charlene? She is so much fun ~ I love her!

Debby

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh so beautiful! What a wonderful thing to collect...and it gives me such a wonderful idea for my parents' anniversary gift--thank-you!

Wishing you the loveliest of Sundays...

Julie

Riki Schumacher said...

Hi Cindy! Thanks so much for stopping by! Now I know a little something about you! Wedding stuff huh? How fun! Loved getting to know you, hope to see you in RT again! Hugs, Riki

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hello Cindy!! Well, girlfriend, I'm sooo glad you found my blog because in turn, it enabled ME to find YOURS! You have the same sickness/obsession that I do ~ wedding memorabilia!! You are such a sweetheart for adding my Wedding Party blog button to your sidebar and I can't wait to see what you will share at the party Friday ~ you ARE coming, aren't you?!?! I'm your newest follower and when things slow down a bit after the party, you can bet I'll be right back here stalking all your wedding pretties!!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

On the Go! said...

I found one of these in Germany last year. My friend who ran the flea market knew the family so I was able to learn a little about them. But I have also had trouble finding more about these and finding more to buy. They are just homemade things from the wedding and I have seen them also as memorials to a loved one who passed away.

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