Glass Christmas Ornament

Blown glass holiday or Christmas ornament, finial-shaped, ball on top, narrows to thin, pointed bottom. Mirrored silver, painted with pink and gold stripes. Metal cap attached at top with, thin bent wire loop and bent wire hook for hanging. Cap is stamped on top: “MADE IN 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.
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Object Name
ornament, christmas tree
Object Type
date made
after 1937
Physical Description
silver (overall color)
glass (overall material)
metal (hanger material)
overall: 3 5/8 in x 2 in; 9.2075 cm x 5.08 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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