Glass Christmas Ornament

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Free-blown and molded glass holiday or Christmas ornament. Ball with finial on bottom, thin, swirled band around center. Mirrored silver. Metal cap around top opening, may be a later addition. Thin bent wire hook inserted into top, with heavy bent wire hook attached. Metal cap has “MADE [illegible]” stamped on top. No other marks. Cap likely dates after 1937. 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
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United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
silver (overall color)
glass (overall material)
sphere (ornament shape)
metal (hanger material)
overall: 4 1/8 in x 2 1/2 in; 10.4775 cm x 6.35 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey L. Jones
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Data Source
National Museum of American History