Glass Christmas Ornament

Molded glass holiday or Christmas ornament. Mirrored red ball, hand-decorated as a Santa Claus face: white and black paper eyes, silver ball for nose, with foam mustache and red paper mouth. Top of ball is covered in mica and black sand or glitter. Cap is opaque white plastic, and reads: “WEST GERMANY/ D.G.M.a”. Cap was definitely made in Germany, ornament possibly as well. One of three (see DL*298065.372 and DL*298065.374).
Currently not on view
Object Name
ornament, christmas tree
Object Type
date made
after 1945
Physical Description
red (overall color)
glass (overall material)
plastic (hanger material)
metal (hanger material)
overall: 2 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 3/8 in; 6.35 cm x 6.985 cm x 6.0325 cm
place made
United States
place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Santa Claus
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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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