Spherical Glass Target

Molded glass ball. Amber colored, with a cross-hatched pattern overall, and band running around ball through center which reads: “BOGARDUS’ GLASS BALL PATD APR 1877.” Original intended use was for practice-shooting, the opening (pike) of this ball has been wrapped in thin metal wire to be used as a Christmas tree decoration. Patent Office Record: Patent Record #US000189422; April 10, 1877; Adam H. Bogardus; for "spherical glass targets". It is unclear how long this model was in production, but Bogardus died in 1913.
Currently not on view
Object Name
ornament, christmas tree
Object Type
date made
Physical Description
yellow (overall color)
glass (overall material)
sphere (ornament shape)
metal (hanger material)
overall: 3 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in; 8.5725 cm x 6.0325 cm
place made
United States: Illinois, Elkhart
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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