These cushions are increasingly hard to find. They are solid pieces filled with sawdust and were used variously for carrying the ring at a wedding and for the bride to display her wedding tiara after the big day.
Dating from the late 1800s, they often sat underneath a glass dome to protect them ("coussin de mariee" or "globe de mariee"). The cushion is edged with metallic braid with metalled tassels to each corner and decorated with orange blossom waxed flowers
This one sits on an original display stand with tarnished toleware decoration and a once ebonised wooden base. The base has historic repair to it to glue it
Condition: The velvet is very faded and worn. I imagine it was once purple - now faded gently over the years to a warm brown
Size of base: 30cm x 30cm x 5cm approx.
Size of cushion: 21cm x 21cm x 14cm approx.