DescriptionTheda Bara's Cleopatra Falcon Coronation Crown. When Theda Bara presented young teenager Joan Craig with her cherished costumes shortly before her death, Joan asked her what was the most precious item. Theda instantly replied that it was her falcon coronation crown from Cleopatra (1917). The former star savored the memory of personally designing this piece, and choosing the various colors of thread that weaved through the majestic crown. Of course, 1917 audiences couldn't fully appreciate the creation in the black-and-white film, but you can enjoy the crown now in all its colorful magnificence!
One can imagine the thrill Theda enjoyed the day when she first wore her wondrous Queen of the Nile coronation crown, fashioned as a falcon, with multi-colored wing and tail feathers and a cocked head so the left eye peers imperiously at you. (The right eye is still there too.) The wingspan measures a full 22," while tip of beak to end of tail feather measures 15." Of course, the wings draped down either side of the queen's head and the interior still has the attached, very thin tissue paper -- a worthy ingredient of a true star's headpiece.
This is a striking curio from a legendary actress in her most celebrated role, and had been one of Theda's most cherished reminders of her long gone but never forgotten superstardom. In Excellent condition. From the Joan Craig Costume Archive of Theda Bara. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Joan Craig.
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