Christmas Ornament Made from a Glass Target Ball

Christmas Ornament Made from a Glass Target Ball

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Description
Molded glass ball. Amber colored, with a cross-hatched pattern overall, and band running around ball through center which reads: “BOGARDUS’ GLASS BALL PATD APR 1877.” Original intended use was for practice-shooting, the opening (pike) of this ball has been wrapped in thin metal wire to be used as a Christmas tree decoration. Patent Office Record: Patent Record #US000189422; April 10, 1877; Adam H. Bogardus; for "spherical glass targets". It is unclear how long this model was in production, but Bogardus died in 1913.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
ornament, christmas tree
Object Type
ornaments
Other Terms
Ornament; Decorations
date made
ca 1880 - 1890
patent date
1877-04-10
maker
Bogardus
place made
United States: Illinois, Elkhart
place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
yellow (overall color)
glass (overall material)
sphere (ornament shape)
metal (hanger material)
Measurements
overall: 3 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in; 8.5725 cm x 6.0325 cm
ID Number
DL.298065.0280
catalog number
298065.0280
accession number
298065
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey L. Jones
subject
shooting
Sports
Patented
Christmas
Holidays and Celebrations, general
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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