Swan Christmas Ornament

Blown glass holiday or Christmas ornament in the shape of a bird (swan). Red over mirrored silver glass with white painted eye and stripes on either side of body for wings. White spun glass (angel hair) tail protrudes from end. Thin bent wire attaches at top of body to curled (annealed) piece of glass on top of back for hanging. No mark. These ornaments were in production prior to 1940, and then also produced after that time, making it difficult to date.
Currently not on view
Object Name
ornament, christmas tree
Object Type
date made
Physical Description
red (overall color)
glass (overall material)
spun glass, angel hair (overall material)
metal (hanger material)
overall: 15/16 in x 5 in x 1 5/8 in; 2.38125 cm x 12.7 cm x 4.1275 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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