Glass Christmas Ornament

Molded glass holiday or Christmas ornament, butterfly-shaped, ribbed or streamlined body, with molded butterfly on front and back. Mirrored silver, butterflies painted with yellow-gold bodies, red dots on head and wings, paint has faded. Metal cap with metal hoop attached to top, with bent wire hook for hanging attached. No mark. Similar ornaments were produced using older molds, prior to 1940, and those molds were then reused after 1940, making an exact date difficult.
Currently not on view
Object Name
ornament, christmas tree
Object Type
date made
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
metal (hanger material)
overall: 1 3/8 in x 2 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in; 3.4925 cm x 6.35 cm x 5.715 cm
place made
place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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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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