Santa Claus Christmas Ornament

Molded glass holiday or Christmas ornament in the shape of Santa Claus, holding an undecorated Christmas tree in his hands, resting on his left sholder. He wears a yellow-gold jacket and pants (legs cut off, bottom of ornament rounded) and yellow-gold cap, jacket and cap are both trimmed in matte white. Iridescent white face and molded long full beard, red mouth, green eyes. Metal cap attached at top of cap, with thin bent metal loop, green and white strings attached for hanging. No mark. Molds such as this were very popular, and this was a standard "Santa Claus" form. Such molds were used prior to 1940, but then reused after 1940, making it difficult to date exactly.
Currently not on view
Object Name
ornament, christmas tree
date made
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
metal (hanger material)
cotton string (hanger material)
average spatial: 4.5 cm x 8.5 cm; 1 3/4 in x 3 3/8 in
overall: 1 3/8 in x 3 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 3.4925 cm x 8.89 cm x 3.81 cm
place made
place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Santa Claus
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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