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French Antique Gilt Brass Laurel and Oak Leaf Wreath Crown
French Antique Gilt Brass Laurel and Oak Leaf Wreath Crown
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French Antique Gilt Brass Laurel and Oak Leaf Wreath Crown

Origin: France Circa: 1900

This wreath is from the turn-of-the-century, French, and was given as an award or prize for competitions, usually writing competitions hosted by newspapers. One side has laurel leaves, a very old symbol dating back to the Greeks. In ancient Greece laurel wreaths were awarded to victors, both in athletic competitions, including the ancient Olympics, and in poetic meets; in Rome they were symbols of martial victory, crowning a successful commander during his triumph. The other side has oak leaves with acorns. The oak is a common symbol of strength and endurance and has been chosen as the national tree of many countries including England, France, Germany, and the United States. Oak leaves are frequently used to decorate military insignia to represent rank or class. For example, arrangements of oak leaves, acorns and sprigs indicate different branches of the United States Navy Staff corps officers. This crown therefore represents victory, glory, strength, wisdom, and endurance.

Diameter: 7.50"   

Item: 13336     List Price: $895.00

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