Glass Christmas Ornament

Molded glass holiday or Christmas ornament. Half-sphere, with concave center. Exterior is ribbed, mirrored silver, interior is painted blue with white, glitter-covered mountains. Attached in the center is a plastic Santa figure, white plastic painted with a red coat, black boots, peach face, and carries a blue bag. He holds a pole in his right hand, pole is wrapped in green thread. Metal cap reads “MADE ITALY”, and has a bent wire loop inserted with a 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)
white (overall color)
red (overall color)
plastic (overall material)
metal (hanger material)
overall: 1 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 1/8 in; 4.445 cm x 6.985 cm x 5.3975 cm
place made
place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Santa Claus
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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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