Glass Christmas Ornament

Molded glass holiday or Christmas ornament. Small ball, mirrored silver, with dull metal cap and thin bent wire loop and hook attached. Cap appears to have been stamped with a country of origin but is illegible. Possibly made in Japan due to similarity of shape and cap to other confirmed Japanese-made ornaments. No other marks. 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
date made
after 1937
place made
place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
silver (overall color)
glass (overall material)
sphere (ornament shape)
metal (hanger material)
overall: 1 3/8 in x 1 in; 3.4925 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey L. Jones
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Data Source
National Museum of American History