1944 wedding cake topper, vintage wedding decor, chalkware bride groom topper, WWII era military wedding, Army soldier groom 1940s wedding

$83.30 $98.00

I initially picked up this glass case because I love these vintage brass and glass cases in their cool geometric shapes, and yes the case is lovely, but I couldn't believe my eyes when I realized what was inside. A very special, very old wedding cake topper! A piece of masking tape applied underneath the case reveals that the cake topper is from a wedding on 8-12-44!!! August 12, 1944 was a Saturday. World War II was five years in and about a year from ending. This groom in this cake topper is a decorated soldier, perhaps on leave that day to marry his bride. He had reddish hair and a goatee, which we can see from the depiction. His name was Bill, which we know from the piece of tap on the bottom. The bride's name starts with an N, but I can't decipher it completely and I don't want to turn the case upside down and study the writing, as the topper includes other items--small rose buds that I am sure are quite fragile. The bride has reddish auburn hair, long and wavy. She carries yellow and white daisies. This piece is just amazing to me, as my own parents--still alive at ages 93 and soon-to-be 91--just this week celebrated 70 years of marriage. They were married in 1947, three years after the couple in this cake topper.

I am selling the cake topper as I found in, in the case with tape and all. It will ship with much care, contents inside the case gently stabilized, then wrapping the case so it will arrive intact. The case measures about 6-1/2" across by 6" tall. It is a polygon shape on the top and sides. The cake topper itself is in amazing condition given its age but there are some small nibbles of the chalkware (which, by the way, was made to sparkle like sugar and the base to flow like frosting) on the groom's shoulder, for example. The yellow rose buds, which I believe may have been the groom's corsage, are crumbling.

The world's greatest generation--it's an honor to hold this piece as it waits to grace the next union.


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