the Crane Gilt-Metal Chaplet

a gilt metal chaplet tiara in the form of bay leaves

What’s doin’ at Sotheby’s London this Tuesday? Firstly this gilt-metal recreation of an ancient Olympian’s achievement. The catalogue describes this chaplet-style tiara as “a series of textured bay leaves with an inner circumference of 540mm.” That’s 21 1/4 inches in case your tape measure doesn’t work in metric. Hold on, we’re off to measure the Hostess’ cranium.

Although the tiara’s make is labelled “circa 1900” this can’t be accurate. Its original owner was born in 1900 and the tiara was made during her debutante travels in Europe. So we’d add–what?–16 years to that date.

This tiara of laurels was commissioned in Italy for Rosemary Crane, heiress of Crane & Company Stationary, the oldest family-owned company in America to this day. Although Rosemary was presented at court in London as a debutante, this was made to wear with a Fortuny velvet cloak for a costume party. [Remember, a tiara was the privilege of married women.]

Sotheby’s estimates the gavel price between $1500 and $2000 USD. [That’s £1000 to £1500 in the Queen’s Sterling.] Then again, we’ll see come Tuesday what the Crane Chaplet Tiara fetches.

tiara update: the Crane Chaplet Tiara sold for $1782 USD (£1250 sterling), including buyer’s premium. 


About ♔ la dauphiine ♔

Connecticut-based jewelry monger, history buff, Mets fan. On the hum-drum side, call me a lauded poet, novelist and ghost-writer. (That's right, I haunt prose.)
This entry was posted in auction news, the americas, tiara time!, tiara updates, unique materials and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

21 Responses to the Crane Gilt-Metal Chaplet

  1. racurac2 says:

    Oh! This time I think I would love to have the Fortuny better than the chaplet!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Angelyn says:

    Just returned from a Gilded Age tour–this chaplet would look good on display along with the vials of bergamot..

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Lady says:

    Was the debutante age 18 or 21?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Wow that’s a truly stunning tiara! Love the Greek designs!


    Ashley || Sed Bona

    Liked by 1 person

it's not just a love-affair with my own voice

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s