Boxed set of twelve heavily embossed Hallowe’en Diadems (tiaras), Germany, 1920s. Box: 7” h x 1.5” w x 10.5” l. Each design is depicted on the box top. A stock number, 928, is printed at lower left. All twelve tiaras are original to this set, complete with thin elastic strings intact. This uber-rare, high-quality example is in immaculate condition. These twelve German diadems, or tiaras, are diverting examples opposed to the wall-hanging nature of most diecuts. Constructed to wrap around the front of the wearer’s head, and held in place by a thin, black elastic string, these imaginatively designed items were beautiful to look at but ultimately impractical, as they bent and continually slipped off. These tiaras were made for only a few seasons. Because of their intended use, it isn’t easy to find them today in high-quality condition.
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