Glass Christmas Ornament

Molded glass holiday or Christmas ornament. Ball, likely mirrored silver originally, possibly painted another color as well (traces of red and blue remain). Metal cap attached with thin metal wire loop and bent wire hook. Cap is stamped: "JAPAN". In 1937, a tariff decision (no. 54387) reversed earlier decisions regarding the marking of ornaments with their country of origin, established in the 1890 MicKinley Tariff Act and the Smoot-Havley Tariff Act of 1930. The ornament itself now had to be marked with with its country of origin by stamping it into the cap or by way of tag or sticker.
Currently not on view
Object Name
ornaments, christmas tree
date made
after 1937
Physical Description
gold (overall color)
metal (hanger material)
silver (overall color)
glass (overall material)
overall: 2 1/4 in x 1 7/8 in; 5.715 cm x 4.7625 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 Mr. and Mrs. Harvey L. Jones

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