Vesterheim’s rental bridal crown is a copy of an historic one in the museum’s collections. The original was made in Trondheim in the early 1800s from silver-plated copper. The copy is sterling silver and the diamond-shaped dangles are gold-plated silver. The crown is 5 inches tall, 5 inches wide at the bottom and flares to 7 1/2 inches at the top. Also included are ribbons of multi-color brocade. Traditionally these stream down the back and two can be used to tie on the crown. The crown may also be attached by being set on a firm bun on top of the head. Vesterheim usually sends the crown three weeks before the wedding so the bride can create her hairstyle and practice walking in the crown.
Cost to rent the crown is $100. Vesterheim requires a separate check for $500 as a security deposit. The deposit check will be returned after the crown is returned in good condition. Borrowers must also pay for insured round-trip shipping unless they transport it by hand. Borrowers are required to sign a loan form to show they accept responsibility and will cover the insurance ($1,000) value while in their possession.
For information or to make a reservation, email Laurann Gilbertson, Chief Curator, or contact her at Vesterheim Museum, 502 W. Water St., Decorah, IA 52101, or 563-382-9681.