Glass Christmas Ornament


Molded glass holiday or Christmas ornament. Onion-shaped, small point at bottom, with indents in all four sides. Silver with opaque gold finish, interiors of indents molded and painted pink, yellow, blue, and green. No cap at top, bent wire hook attached. Possibly paper maché is attached at the opening at the top. No mark. Poland began exporting similar indented ornaments in the mid-1930s.

Date Made: 1890-1930

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: GermanyPolandPlace Used: United States: District of Columbia, Washington

Subject: Christmas


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Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey L. Jones

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.298065.0415Catalog Number: 298065.0415Accession Number: 298065

Object Name: ornament, christmas treeOther Terms: Ornament, Indented; Decorations

Physical Description: pink (overall color)white (overall color)glass (overall material)metal (hanger material)sphere, indented (ornament shape)Measurements: overall: 2 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 in; 5.715 cm x 6.985 cm x 5.08 cm


Record Id: nmah_310610

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