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Hot Air Balloon Shaped Christmas Ornament

Hot Air Balloon Shaped Christmas Ornament

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Description
Holiday or Christmas ornament, in the shape of an aerostat or hot air balloon. Free-blown glass, unsilvered, pink balloon shape at top of ornament, with smaller, milky-white balloon shape at bottom, connected by long thin tube with glossy scrap paper putti attached. Paper was likely cut from a print. The entire ornament is wrapped in crinkle wire and thin coils. Metal cap attached at top with brown string tied for hanger. No mark. A reflection of the rise in popularity of hot air ballooning in the United States and Europe during the second half of the nineteenth century. This became a standard form of ornament produced during that time, into the twentieth century.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
ornament, christmas tree
date made
1870-1910
place made
Germany
Austria
Czechoslovakia
place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
cotton string (hanger material)
Measurements
average spatial: 6 cm x 13.5 cm; 2 3/8 in x 5 5/16 in
overall: 2 in x 5 1/4 in x 2 in; 5.08 cm x 13.335 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
1993.0157.03
catalog number
1993.0157.03
accession number
1993.0157
Credit Line
Gift of Nancy M. and Robert R. Garvey, Jr.
subject
Christmas
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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