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Glass Christmas Ornament

Glass Christmas Ornament

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Molded glass holiday or Christmas ornament. Half-sphere, with smooth concave interior. Exterior of ornament is ribbed, mirrored silver, interior is painted blue with white mountainous shapes painted white with glitter. Remnants of glue on interior indicate that a piece is missing that would complete the interior scene (similar to DL*298065.0411 and DL*298065.0412). No cap or hook. A large piece of the right side is broken off and missing. No mark. Possibly Italian-made because of similarity to marked ornaments. 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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
ornament, christmas tree
date made
place made
place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
blue (overall color)
brown (overall color)
silver (overall color)
glass (overall material)
sphere (ornament, indented shape)
overall: 1 1/2 in x 2 5/8 in x 2 in; 3.81 cm x 6.6675 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey L. Jones
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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