Santa Claus Christmas Ornament

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
ornament, christmas tree
date made
1890-1950
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
metal (hanger material)
cotton string (hanger material)
Measurements
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
Germany
place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
1993.0157.14
catalog number
1993.0157.14
accession number
1993.0157
subject
Christmas
Santa Claus
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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