Glass Christmas Ornament

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
ornament, christmas tree
Object Type
ornament
date made
1870-1890
Physical Description
silver (overall color)
glass (overall material)
sphere (ornament shape)
metal (hanger material)
Measurements
overall: 4 1/8 in x 2 1/2 in; 10.4775 cm x 6.35 cm
place made
Germany
place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
DL*298065.0289
catalog number
298065.0289
accession number
298065
subject
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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