Monkey Shaped Christmas Ornament

Molded glass holiday or Christmas ornament, in the shape of a smiling monkey. Luster-silver, matte white painted eyes with black dots, magenta mouth with white tooth in the middle, orange hair, blue and white beanie cap with black brim turned on the side. Metal cap attached at top of cap, with bent metal loop and thin black string tied to the loop for hanging. No mark.
This ornament illustrates a character from "The Brownies", a series of publications by Canadian illustrator/author Palmer Cox (1840-1924). Published from the 1880s- early 1900s, Cox based the "Brownies" characters and stories on elements of English mythology and Scottish stories told to Cox by his grandmother. Aimed at children, "The Brownies" included illustrations with verse. The Kodak Brownie camera was named for the series.
Currently not on view
Object Name
ornament, christmas tree
date made
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
metal (hanger material)
cotton (hanger material)
average spatial: 7.5 cm x 5.5 cm; 2 15/16 in x 2 3/16 in
overall: 2 in x 2 7/8 in x 2 1/8 in; 5.08 cm x 7.3025 cm x 5.3975 cm
place made
place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Nancy M. and Robert R. Garvey, Jr.
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