Glass Christmas Ornament

Molded glass holiday or Christmas ornament. Half-sphere, with ribbed, mirrored silver exterior and concave interior scene. Interior painted blue with white plastic house-shaped piece adhered to interior. White house with icicles on roof, yellow windows, red heart painted on door, flanked on either side by snow-covered fir trees. White felt or wool attached in front with plastic snowman. Cap reads “MADE ITALY” and has a circular hoop with bent wire hook attached. 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.
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Object Name
ornament, christmas tree
date made
Physical Description
blue (overall color)
silver (overall color)
glass (overall material)
sphere, indented (ornament shape)
metal (hanger material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 1 1/2 in x 3 in x 2 1/8 in; 3.81 cm x 7.62 cm x 5.3975 cm
place made
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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