Vintage 1916 New Orleans Mardi Gras Crewe Rex Ball Favor-silver Deposit Vase
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Vintage 1916 New Orleans Mardi Gras Crewe Rex Ball Favor-silver Deposit Vase:
This historic vase was a Mardi Gras favor handed out by the Rex Crewe in 1916. Concerned by the lack or tourism in the aftermath of the Civil War the Rex Crewe was organized by the city of New Orleans to honor and provide entertainment for the Russian Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovich. In response they led the very first Mardi Gras Parade. Favors were handed out at the Rex Balls that followed the Parade. This tradition of handing out favors at Crewe Balls continues to this day. This green vase is glazed reddish brown on the inside, and has a heavy silver deposit on top of the green glaze. The silver is etched with lines in places to bring out details of the design. The four sided vase reads New Orleans 1916 on one side and Rex on the opposite side. This is a wonderful piece of Mardi Gras history for lovers of the celebration to own. The vase measures approx 6-1/2"H and 2-5/8" in diameter at the top. The base measures approx. 2-1/8" in diameter. The condition is remarkably good for a vase that is 102 years old. The only flaw is a fleabite at the top of the vase as shown in the photos. This flaw can be felt more than seen.